My photo series featuring fifty Inspiring Black Britons who have become role models for the black community.
The then Prime Minister Gordon Brown kindly launched my first solo photo project entitled "Black Britannia", a mainly environmental portrait series on 50 black Briton's who I either grew up watching, or others who have made a significant contribution to the British public life. I wanted the British public at large, to take note to some of the incredible achievements from members of the Afro-Caribbean community, and their contribution to the UK. I started this project after the seemingly continuous negative press and media coverage, which aimed to stigmatised and stereotype the black community at the time.
The project celebrates these, unwitting, role models who have all triumphed in their chosen careers. From schoolteachers, scientists, and Union leaders, to Dr. John Sentuma, Britain's first black Archbishop, Supermodel Naomi Campbell to Nicholas Tung, the first black Guardsman to guard the Queen and to have taken part in the Trooping of the colour. Also featured in the project is Lewis Hamilton, Frank Bruno, Paul Ince, Lenny Henry and Baroness Valerie Amoss.
Gordon Brown said at the launch night, "We all know the contribution of black people to Briton goes far beyond that of the household names celebrated in this exhibition. "Britain wouldn't be the Britain it is today without the contributions of it's black doctors, teachers, writers, business people, entertainers nurses and artists, the list goes on".
He went on to praise the best of the Britain's black community- and urged others to follow their dream.