Hayley Jay is a documentary and portrait photographer specialising in intimate, ephemeral moments. Her imagery is concerned with youth culture, class and domesticity often capturing other young creatives and underground communities in London and the South East. Her approach to photography is curious and soft, employing an almost nostalgic glimpse into the lives of others. Approaching storytelling in a tentative way, she elucidates narratives through blending candid and posed shots. Audiences are absorbed into the environments she shares, punctuated by a darker undercurrent of modern issues.
"I project love with my photography. I see it as a vessel for exploring and capturing hidden beauty. There's an empathy and sensitivity to my practice that means that every photoshoot is a visual conversation. I love capturing intimacy and connection mostly inspired by photographing the UK rave scene post pandemic”