Is there anyone that inspires you currently?
Every day I’m inspired by someone or something new...from people I see on the tube, to a documentary I’ve watched on the TV. In general, I visit lots of galleries, go to exhibitions, the ballet, I check-in on DAZED DIGITAL, I-D ONLINE, SHOW STUDIO and VICELAND, I watch films & I read - A LOT.
We seem to have made a lot of progress as a race with regards to recognising individuals with their own unique identity be it gender or sexual but at the same time there’s no denying the regression of these ideas in some parts of the world. How does that make you feel?
I feel incredibly sad when I see oppression or bullying of any kind. As far as I’m concerned, I really do believe that anybody should be allowed to celebrate themselves and present themselves exactly as they want. It’s not anybody else’s place to stop them so when I see this, I get really pissed-off on their behalf. When you take away someone’s choices, you are dictating to them & that doesn’t sit well with me...
Are there any exciting projects that you are working on that we should look forward to?
Yep...And that’s all I can tell you! Haha!
How did you get into photography? Have you had any formal training in it?
I was basically “mid-career” in my late 30’s in a completely different job & I knew that I wasn’t fulfilled. I had always had a love of photography, collecting books and going to all the exhibitions I could fit in and was looking for a bit of a change so I decided one day to buy a camera and teach myself how to shoot & I’ve literally not looked back since!
Tell us a bit more about your new project ‘konstructionhaus’?
This was a personal project of mine born out of my love for brutalist architecture. I wanted to document the brutalist movement before gentrification of various neighbourhoods in London led to these beautiful buildings being knocked-down. My ambition has already got the better of me so I’m now in the process of coordinating a photographic walkabout in other cities to see if this project “has legs”...