I could tell you that I was raised by wolves and that I wrestled my first camera from a hunter, before being reunited with the Overdrive family. It would be a good story, but the only part that would be true is that my last name is Overdrive.
My cinematic style invokes intimacy and realism, capturing the raw emotion around me and drawing the viewer into that world. I romanticise unguarded moments showing a warmth that is both idyllic and delicate, and create compelling visuals balancing serenity with unspoken tension. This conceptual approach embodies both my background as a forensic analyst and my appreciation of wabi-sabi (the Japanese philosophy finding elegance in transience, asperity and asymmetry). I am based in east London and travel worldwide.
Enthralled by the role of colour and contrast in visual storytelling, I am as inspired by Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! as I am by Zhang Yimou's House of Flying Daggers.
Sky TV, HMV, Adidas, ASOS, Bacardi, BAFTA, Carhartt WiP, Addison-Lee, Secret Cinema, 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 (Honours)
2011 Royal Academy of Arts ‘Eyewitness’ (Honours)
2009 Digital Camera ‘Photographer of the Year’ (1st) : This is Britain
‘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’ (@various locations)
‘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)