Who’s Next? (working title) is an ongoing exploration, documenting interesting figures of the Cardiff community. I started by documenting Zak, a stick ‘n’ poke tattoo artist who I got to know through Instagram. From there I’ve documented people who’d either been recommended to me, had contacted me or I had met personally. I want this project to be organic in it’s approach. I like the idea of not planning where it will take me or knowing all of the characters I might meet along the way. Cardiff is often an overlooked UK city but I believe there are a lot of people here who are benefiting the community and Cardiff’s culture in a positive way. I plan to meet as many people as possible, and show their stories through my camera, and show why I think Cardiff is a thriving city that has a lot to offer.
Billygoats & Raincoats is a clothing brand that makes rainwear from recycled tents left at festivals, they’re currently working on a collection of kids raincoats. They also plan to launch more products in the coming year, I look forward to documenting more of their progress.
Home by Kirsty is a little shop based in Roath selling all variety of homeware products. Kirsty stocks an array of products created by local creatives and also runs an online store. It was great to talk to Kirsty about what it’s like running a independent business, and the importance of independent businesses in Cardiff.
Casper White is an award winning portrait painter who recently had his work exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London. His work has appeared in many galleries all over the UK and internationally. Casper’s current work explores the clubbing subculture, he is interested by the fantasy and careless abandon these environments foster. See more of his work here:
Quay Street Kitchen is a healthy food-to-go kitchen in central Cardiff. Selling fresh salads, sandwiches, wraps, grilled cheeses and many more options. Quay Street flies the flag for local independent suppliers around Wales. Quay Street has become one of the best lunch break spots for many workers in the city, not just for it’s great food but for its fantastic customer service!
Cardiff Salad Garden is a not-for-profit social enterprise combining growing and selling fresh cut salad leaves whilst working with disadvantaged groups of individuals from in and around Cardiff. The salad produced is distributed via bicycle to restaurants around the city.
Cardiff Violins is Wales’s largest Violin shop. Established in 1984 by Christopher King the shop and workshop has been based at Castle Arcade balcony for 25 years. I was lucky enough to visit the workshop that repairs and restores instruments for musicians from all over the world. It was honour photograph true craftsman at work.
Rotary Club is an underground music promoter hosting and organising club nights around Cardiff. They book house and techno acts from all over the world providing something different to the mainstream clubbing scene. Originally started in Falmouth it is ran by Sam Jones, Eddie Jones and Jake Cornford in Cardiff. And they host monthly events at different venues around the city.