Press: The Royal Photographic Society Journal

Delighted to be interviewed by Kathleen Morgan at the RPS Journal for October 2017


In 2011, the plant at Mildred Lake site (shown) was the largest emitter of greenhouse gases of  in Canada. It is owned by the consortium Syncrude Canada Ltd. The 183-meter high smokestack shown here released over 13 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent into the atmosphere in 2011. This includes Ammonia, Sulphuric Acid, and Xylene. The latest available data from Environment Canada shows the plant has lowered emission to 11.4 million tonnes. It is, however, one of seven plants within a 30km radius that released 34 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent in 2015.

Out of sight for many, tar sand refineries are heavy polluters, categorized as ‘non conventional oil extraction’ by Environment Canada. At a time when CO2 levels in the atmosphere are already at the highest levels in 400,000 years. The colossal scale of industry and infrastructure in the region here supplies demand for existing oil-using infrastructure that has been building in OECD countries from around 1920’s-30’s . In the U.S. average consumption is 2.7 gallons (10.2 liters) per person per day. U.S. consumption compares to India’s 0.15 gallons (0.56 liters) per person per day3. Extraordinary, when taking into consideration world population. Countries with high populations contribute the least to the problem of consumption.

This was made possible by a bursary from the Royal Photographic Society and The Photographic Angle. See his work until 28 March at @syngentaphotoaward

Exhibition: Somerset House, London

Bad Liver and a Broken Heart has been curated into the 2017 Syngenta Photography Award Exhibition.

Bad Liver and a Broken Heart. 2016. 80cm x 100cm

Bad Liver and a Broken Heart. 2016. 80cm x 100cm

Bad Liver and a Broken Heart was made during the demolition of one the Greater London Council's initiatives, the Ferrier Estate in Kidbrooke. 


The exhibition will be on show in the West Wing Galleries of the iconic Somerset House. Curated by Candlestar, it explores various issues to the overarching theme Grow-Conserve, including the challenge of food security as the global population continues to to grow; conflict, climate change and sustainability. The exhibition questions whether or not it is realistically possible to do more with less in order to conserve what we have today for the next generation.

West Wing Gallery

Open 9 - 28th of March, 2017

 Mon, Tues, Sat, Sun 10:00am - 18:00. Wed-Fri 11:00am - 20:00 FREE

Somerset House
Strand, London WC2R 1LA
+44 (0)20 7845 4600

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