Former Carmel student, Daniel Cartwright, who studied Photography and Media Studies, is currently exhibiting his latest photography collection ‘DRAGFACE’ at the World of Glass in St Helens.

Daniel, progressed to Carmel’s Art Foundation Diploma course before studying Fashion Photography at the London College of Fashion where his road to artistry began. Daniel is now a Fashion Photographer in Manchester for inclusive women’s clothing brand InTheStyle.

Daniel has inspired many Carmel students when visiting the college to share his experiences through his masterclasses and live project briefs.

“In today’s society, the LGBTQ+ community has made enormous progress in its representation of queer identities locally and globally. However, much remains to be done before we have complete and total unprecedented social acceptance”, Daniel told us. “With the phenomenon that is RuPaul’s Drag Race sweeping the globe, it is important to acknowledge the momentously positive impact the show has had on the LGBTQ+ community. It is arguably responsible for bringing drag queens into the zeitgeist and the forefront of popular culture.”

Daniel’s exhibition DRAGFACE by ShotbyCartwright is currently showing in the Godfrey Pilkington Gallery at the World of Glass and is an exploration of Drag photography, containing images and costumes never exhibited before, of contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race.

“The aim of my exhibition is to promote queer excellence and how we should be more accepting as a community. Combining art, photography and drag to drive social change and move the world forward and away from outdated prejudiced views, this collection of work celebrates the underdogs and is a reminder to always be authentic in what you do.”