Award winning Dartford photographer shares his world through the lens
PUBLISHED: 12:28 11 June 2014
An award winning photographer who uses his pictures to share his view of the world with others has been shortlisted in another international photographic competition.
Talented Christopher Diedo, 28, of Dartford, has downs syndrome and severe learning difficulties with speech and language problems.
This has not prevented him from becoming an accomplished photographer, whose creativity has seen him win various accolades and exhibit his work all around the world in venues including the Malta Chamber of Commerce and Auberge d’Italie in Valletta.
Christopher was introduced to the camera by his father Andrew, who is a keen amateur photographer himself.
He received a mainstream education, attending the same school as his older siblings David and Rebekah, and held his first one man exhibition at the Mick Jagger Centre in 2009 after building up a portfolio of his work.
He has been shortlisted again in the international photographic competition My Perspective, which is run by the national charity Down’s Syndrome Association in partnership with the Shifting Perspectives project, which allows people with down’s syndrome to show people their perspective of the world around them.
Christopher was allowed to enter three of his images and his entry called “HP (Houses of Parliament) and Creepy Tree” was chosen for the 2014 shortlist.
He said: “I was lucky enough to be a judge in the first year of the competition as I had my photographic work displayed as part of the original Shifting Perspectives. I really enjoy taking photographs; I particularly enjoy taking images with lots of depth and detail. I enjoy entering photographic competitions and have been very successful. Being shortlisted in My Perspective again is a great.”
The annual competition which Christopher has been shortlisted in is now in its fifth year and has been going from strength to strength.
Richard Bailey, professional photographer and head judge and curator of Shifting Perspectives, said: “The quality of the images submitted for this year’s competition has been truly outstanding and it has been extremely difficult to narrow down the submissions to just 25. Those who didn’t make it should not be disheartened, but very proud of their work and should continue to take photographs. To those who were shortlisted congratulations and I look forward to seeing even more entries next year.”
To view all of Christopher’s work, please visit christopher-diedo.co.uk.