Photography has become an important creative outlet for me. I started with landscape photography as I enjoyed travelling and hiking. Getting up for first light was a chore and this was when I started to explore other subject matters. Even though I don’t shoot as much landscape now, I think the knowledge I picked up has improved my visualisation for environmental portraits.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why?
I shoot nearly 99 percent on location, this is probably the only thing that is consistent in my work. My style has evolved over the years, mainly due to wanting to challenge myself to shoot creative material and not be tied down to one style. More recently I’ve begun shooting more 35mm film and this has led me down a path of minimal editing, keeping pictures more authentic to mood and the characteristics of the film.
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre-plan or is it a click and run?
I enjoy planning shoots and discussing elements like styling and makeup but I also like to leave certain aspects to chance. This is why I prefer picking an area rather than a specific location to walk and shoot. London is ever changing and temporary backdrops such as art installations can offer something new in familiar surroundings.
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
Creating stories or a series of pictures that are coherent is absolutely one of my goals going into a shoot and something I keep in mind as a shoot develops. On a simplistic level, I think of style and environment but if I can also capture some of the subject’s emotive personality, this is when I know I’ve made a personal achievement.
Do you have any influences you can share?
Probably too many to name, but more recently I’ve been fascinated with the film work of carlysiciliano on instagram
What inspires you?
People who are free thinkers and aren’t box tickers when it comes to photography
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph?
Absolutely not, you might take something that doesn’t immediately connect with you straight away but develops a meaning later on.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
As long as I can still have creative freedom over what I want to shoot and where, I think I’ll just continue shooting for fun. There are some revenue streams from my photography, but I’d rather shoot for myself than for a project I have no vested interest in.
Which social media platforms do you use and why?
I’m most active on Instagram as it’s probably the best platform for keeping up to date with projects friends have been working on and also networking. Pinterest is also good for gathering ideas for concepts
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media?
Too many to name, as my style changes or I am looking for ideas on different concepts, I’ll follow photographers that inspire.
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless?
For me it’s just a different medium. If I had been asked this question a few years back, I might have listed a bunch of technical aspects of what makes a good picture, but these days the thing I appreciate from a picture can be taken on most formats.
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice?
I’m currently shooting with a mirror less setup with prime lenses. The reason for going with mirrorless and a 35 / 50mm combo is there is less to carry and more importantly it means less time thinking about what lens to use. I also try and use my film camera now and again, part of challenge is working with people who support the idea of waiting for a picture to be developed and not getting instant gratification that digital has got us all used to.
What is your dream location to shoot at?
Easy! Tokyo. I’ve been a few times and its sensory overload with so many interesting backdrops.
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it?
I think it was a set rather than a specific image, I’d visited a gallery with my model for the day, Helen and we’d captured a series of black and white shots in a curved wall installation. There were no gimmicks, just Helen looking elegant with minimalist architectural lines.
In three words how would you describe your photography?
Mood, imperfect, random
How would you describe the current scene in photography?
I feel that photographers sometimes shoot for what’s in vogue at the moment rather than take the time to explore styles that push their own creativity. One of the worst things about instagram is that it can encourage you to post content that you think others will like rather than images you have a greater connection with.
How do you feel about higher quality cameras being put into smart phones?
Improved cameras in smart phones is a good thing but again its just a medium and won’t necessarily equate to better pictures.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images?
No and it’s a bit of a pet peeve that I have when you shoot something cool and people say ooooh that’s a great camera. Talk of expensive cameras and gear often take away from a photographer’s abilities.