Southwark

Faces from The Dragon Cafe

 

The Dragon Café is a place quite unlike any other. Founded in 2012 by the formidable Sarah Wheeler, it is a vibrant space determined to boost mental health for all people through creative pursuits. Often described at the U.K’s first mental health café, I started volunteering there in 2012, providing photography workshops for the patrons. My role expanded to documenting the events and performances held there and as time passed I have gathered an archive of some 10000 images.

These are my favourite portraits from the last three years.

Rodney, 2016   Rodney has always been a big prescence at The Dragon Café.  In all the years there, I had always assumed that he wouldn’t want me to take his photograph. It was such an amazing moment when half way through capturing a dance event, he taps me on the shoulder and asks ‘Here, how come you’ve never taken my photo?’

Rodney, 2016

Rodney has always been a big prescence at The Dragon Café.  In all the years there, I had always assumed that he wouldn’t want me to take his photograph. It was such an amazing moment when half way through capturing a dance event, he taps me on the shoulder and asks ‘Here, how come you’ve never taken my photo?’

Raga Woods, March 2015  Raga is never short of attention, a painting of her has been hung in the National Portrait Gallery, she is a famous artist, activist and instigator. A regualr at the café, during the spring of 2015 she performed a fertility ritual with a sculpture she had found. We went outside to capture the moments before the performance. 

Raga Woods, March 2015

Raga is never short of attention, a painting of her has been hung in the National Portrait Gallery, she is a famous artist, activist and instigator. A regualr at the café, during the spring of 2015 she performed a fertility ritual with a sculpture she had found. We went outside to capture the moments before the performance. 

Frank, St George’s Day, 2014  The Dragon Café is based in the crypt of St George the Martyr, Borough. St George had a special resonance with the founder Sarah Wheeler, and so every year The Dragon Café holds a parade down Borough High Street, London’s only celebration of the multi-cultural history of St George.  Frank, a prolific poet and empassioned performer, wrapped himself in bunting in perparation for the march.

Frank, St George’s Day, 2014

The Dragon Café is based in the crypt of St George the Martyr, Borough. St George had a special resonance with the founder Sarah Wheeler, and so every year The Dragon Café holds a parade down Borough High Street, London’s only celebration of the multi-cultural history of St George.

Frank, a prolific poet and empassioned performer, wrapped himself in bunting in perparation for the march.