With its pure mix of art and technology in photography, I have found the perfect expression of my creative energy. Precision machines of glass and metal combined with light, chemistry and electronics allow me to create stories, capturing moments and time. My photography is planned, but not down to the finest detail; it's often just a combination of previously seen locations with imagined scenarios, weather, people, time and light. It's simply the result of ideas in my mind, waiting for the right opportunity. I am not a recorder of what is there, more a collector of my own sense of a visual ideal. The kick for me is seeing these imagined pictures come to life.
There are many types of photography, and still more styles. Knowing what I like to photograph keeps me content, I don’t feel the need to shoot everything and anything, try every method, style or new fad. For me, the priority is the photo, the subject and the outcome. Photographically, this translates into composition, simplification, shape, colour, feeling, emotion and light. Whether it’s the challenge of making the mundane and everyday significant through careful composition, filling an empty space with potential interest using light and texture or capturing soul, dignity and a moment in time and life with portraiture, it's always a gratifying endeavour.
As much as I love taking pictures, I love looking at them. Enjoying other photographers work is something I’ve done for as long as I can remember. Through a sort of visual absorption, I’ve been inspired, educated and taught almost everything I now know. Like a lot of photographers, I love cameras and lenses, although I’m not one for talking about them much. The reality is that a great camera doesn’t make great photos; it’s always the person behind the camera that does that. I love film too and like to spend too much time talking about how Kodak Portra has beautiful colours and Fuji Neopan’s tones are just great, but sadly, not that many people are interested anymore!