Auckland, New Zealand
When I’m not shooting for clients, I usually shoot on the street. I am what people call a ‘street photographer’ I find it gives me the same rush that I get when I play guitar in front of people (more recently jazz, although I was classically trained at a London conservatoire and also had a stint as a full on rock n roller). I was a full time musician for years before a shoulder injury ended it and I took up photography again. Lemons / lemonade. Like music, photography is a way to connect, to tell stories, to bring people together, to challenge.
Shooting on the street can be challenging. I once photographed a guy and he reacted badly, i thought I was going to get beaten up. Some of the situations I get myself into can be, let’s say, questionable. One of my strengths is that I can usually turn people around and find some common ground, as i managed to do with that particular guy. I never photograph people to make them look stupid, I simply hold a mirror up to the world. If the subject matter is confronting, hopefully it goes some way to offer some kind of insight to the lives that other people live. These are my values.
I’m deeply fascinated by the beautiful discord between the real and the imagined that photography offers; I often find that the strangers I photograph become kind of imaginary friends when I invent my own story about them, this is at odds with the physical ‘truth’ captured when the shutter is released. I like that.