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AS AN ARTIST
Whilst I've fallen madly in love with nature and wildlife photography in recent years, my main subject remains the individual - at once strong and soft, intimate and distant, hopeful and despairing. Fear, desire, love all reside within. It's these elements and contrary forces within us that I fall in love with and which makes the image of a person more powerful than any other.
I'm not interested in producing an image that merely resembles a person or simply identifies him or her as part of a relationship or group. For me, a portrait requires depth. My goal is to make my subjects mystery manifest. What I seek to translate is the energy and interior qualities of the individual - qualities of entity rather than identity.
Whether I'm shooting a commissioned or a conceptual portrait, I always begin with a style analysis, and a chat. I want my subjects to wear something that is really them. I like them to tell me their expectations, what impresses them and I watch their body language - how they move, sit, lean, which tells me a lot more.
This process provides the building block for each portrait and creates an environment in which my imagination is heightened and moments of truth and grace are able to colour my finished product.
In every shoot, there's always that magical moment when I have a sense of Wow! as I'm suddenly presented with something that was not immediately visible to my eyes. I always put myself, if only briefly into the scene to delineate that little bit extra that is still not available to me.
My idea from the beginning to the end is to create a portrait that is grounded in comfort and aesthetics, a portrait that is only about my subject and nothing else and to turn this portrait into an object that can be displayed - a very beautiful object.
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- Henry James
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