TPL: Danny please tell us about yourself. How did you become interested in photography?
DJ: I'm a street, portrait, and documentary photographer from Canvey Island, Essex. I like documenting Britishness, eccentric characters, and maybe attempting to inject some humour into the photos I take. I've always been a bit of a people watcher, people interest me, I suppose street photography is an extension of that interest. In 2019 I started working on a portrait series called 'Eccentric Essex', this project consisted of people of a eccentric nature photographed in their own homes. The Pandemic bought me the opportunity to go through my work, which in turn has lead to the development of the series 'This is Essex', and 'EccentriCity'. Both of these series focus on eccentric and interesting people. Why Eccentrics? I've asked myself that question quite a lot, and I suppose the main reason is eccentric people seem to live life a different way to the rest of us, they rebel against the established approach, and let their interests and passions consume their lives. In 2020, I won first place in the “Love your Friends” category in the “Love in London” photography competition, securing third place overall. This year I appeared in The Independent Online and The Mail Online as well as local papers showcasing my recent series 'This is Essex'.
My father died a few years ago and it had quite a profound effect on me, it made me feel the fugacity of life, and it changed me. It made me want to leave something behind.