Who I Am
I am a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Exeter.
I am a photographer with a rare chronic endocrine disorder (Addison’s Disease) and other chronic conditions including fibromyalgia. Born in Coventry and now based in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, I was shortlisted for the Picfair Women Behind the Lens award in 2018.
I am interested in the psychology and emotions behind self-portraiture and what it actually feels like to be human in an ever-increasing online world. The pressures placed on us online are exhausting and those with health issues have no energy to deal with this. So, like me, they have to learn to love themselves even if they do not conform to the expectations of others.
In September 2018, I was awarded a Distinction for my MA Photography at Falmouth University. In November 2018, I achieved my APRS (Associate of the Royal Photographic Society). In September 2019, I began my PhD in Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Exeter.
About Addison's Disease
Addison's disease – also known as primary adrenal insufficiency or hypoadrenalism – is a rare disorder of the adrenal glands. Symptoms include dizziness, fainting, muscle weakness, fatigue, and exhaustion.