Al Overdrive is a London based ex-forensic analyst turned portrait and documentary photographer. His narrative cinematic style invokes intimacy and realism, capturing the raw emotion around him and drawing the viewer into that world.
His distinct style and positive personality embodies his ability to romanticise unguarded moments showing a warmth that is both idyllic and delicate, creating compelling visuals balancing serenity with unspoken tension. This conceptual approach reflects his interest in individuality as well as his appreciation of wabi-sabi (the Japanese philosophy finding elegance in transience, asperity and asymmetry).
Enthralled by the role of colour and contrast in visual storytelling, Al is as inspired by Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! as he is by David Lynch's Twin Peaks.
Sky TV, Adidas, ASOS, Bacardi, BAFTA, Warner Music Group, HMV, Secret Cinema, Carhartt WiP, Addison-Lee, Shaadi, City of London, Figleaves, Sophie Hulme Collection, BrewDog, Kreepsville 666, Tim Bret-Day, The Royal College of Art, The BBC, Professional Photo Magazine, Director Magazine, Ninja Tune, Total Tattoo, The Business Times (Singapore), Kerrang!, The Quietus, Conde Nast Traveller, Easy Living, Glamour, House & Garden, Women’s Wear Daily (WWD), Vogue Arabia.
2014 Fashion Award, Judged by ‘Tokyo Laundry’ (1st)
2012 / 2011 / 2010 UK Tattoo Industry ‘Best Photographer’ (1st)
2011 Royal Photographic Society Biennial Showcase Award
2011 Worldwide Photography Gala Awards: The Beauty Around Us
2011 ‘Digital Photo Mag’ Portrait Photographer of the Year (Hons)
2011 Royal Academy of Arts ‘Eyewitness’ (Hons)
2009 Digital Camera ‘Photographer of the Year’ (1st) : This is Britain
'Homegrown Festival' 'Legally Black' @ Battersea Arts Centre,
‘Stopjectify’ Exhibition ; ‘Gender in Utero’ collaboration,
‘inHouse Fashion Festival’ presents ; ‘Gender in Utero’ (collaboration between Al Overdrive & Anastasia Niedinger),
Riflemaker presents ‘Grand Eagle Hotel 1927’ (Group Exhibition),
‘Royal Photographic Society Biennial Print Exhibition 2011-2012’,
‘Pens and Needles’ (@London Mile Gallery),
‘My body is a canvas’ (@ the Mean Fiddler),
Permanent Display(@ the Fighting Cocks),
Digital Camera Photographer of the Year 2009 (@Mall Gallery)