Tell us about yourself and what got you into photography? How did you develop your style in photography?
Photography for me started back when I was doing my A Levels, funny actually that I only went to the 6th form because they did the photography A level, even though I took subjects to study medicine. My style has gone through many stages as you do as an artist, you explore and develop. I would say that I found my area of interest in my final year at London College of Fashion, UAL. There were some big changes that I made in my life and by adapting I found where my passions lay and what I wanted to do as a photographer.
Why did you choose Fujifilm cameras?
Being an analogue photographer ( medium format ), Fujifilm was the best in terms of reproducing the natural and more accurate colours that I am so accustomed to working with. It is that which helped shape my aesthetic within my work. Pro.Neg is my most used setting along with the new Classic Chrome simulation. That and the portability of the XT1 means it can go everywhere with me.
Do you have a photographic philosophy you live by?
I pretend that when shooting digital I am shooting film and limit myself to the amount of shots that I would get on a role of film its good practice so you don’t end up with lots of the same image.
Key inspirations – What & who inspires you?
Photographers who inspire me range in genre, in particular Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Viviane Sassen, Viviane Maier, Malick Sidibe and Philip Lorca DiCorcia. My faith is also a strong factor, I was always told to have the best of intentions and to benefit others in a positive way, whatever you do. It is this that I try to implement within my works. This is why I shoot the way I shoot and the people I shoot.
Do you have any tips or tricks you could share with us?
Experiment, be creative and try to get settings properly in camera, and always think about your composition.
What’s next for you?
Following my Spring Exhibition with Variant Space, I’m currently working on a summer exhibition piece and new project referencing generation cultural identity and also some commissioned work.