Growing up as an only child, I was responsible for entertaining myself and using my time to create (be it by drawing, painting or writing), was encouraged. The first time I thought about photography I was about 4 years old. We were avid viewers of shows like Columbo and Kolchak the Night Stalker in which there was usually a scene shot in the darkroom. The glow of the safelight… the image gradually revealing itself in the developer… it was magic of course! Eventually 4-year old me would drag a chair to the kitchen sink and dip my mother’s photos in water, pretending to develop them. Needless to say, I might have ruined a few.
I focus on things or scenes that others would normally ignore in their environment – often reinterpreting and placing them under different contexts. It is a form of escapism which goes back to childhood. At times it is the space between elements that attracts my attention. How they interact, whether by distance or orientation. Their story unfolds and I am drawn into it.
My equipment is simple… a digital camera (Canon 20D, Mark VII or my cellphone), computer with digital imaging software, archival paper and archival inks.