Photography is a beautiful contradiction - it’s simple and complicated, accessible and elitist. In its simplest form almost every person on the planet knows how to take a photograph, but ask a photographer how they define photography and you’ll get a different answer every time. While my own definition of photography has broadened over the years, the essence of why and how I do what I do has stayed the same - telling stories.
As a teenager I ‘borrowed’ my mums plastic point and shoot, and pointed and shot, a lot. This was before digital cameras, and I shot like a cowboy with an itchy finger - I had to wash mountains of dishes to bankroll my new obsession.
I wasn’t particularly artistic, I just wanted to play the fly on the wall and capture life around me: my friends, family, neighbourhood characters. My style was, and still is very ‘documentary’, not that I would have been able to tell you this back then. For a long time photography was my hobby, not my job. I worked as a graphic designer, web designer, art director and set up a sock brand, but I was always shooting on the side. Gradually my photography became an increasingly bigger part of what I was doing, until one day it was my job, not my hobby. I needed a new hobby, now I make fresh pasta.
My style has always been very natural and organic in terms of lighting, composition and direction and this is an aspect I’ve adapted into my commercial work as well. I’ve been lucky enough to work with a lot of great brands, a lot of even greater people, in some of the greatest places. After two years tripping around the world with my girl and my camera we’re settling in Holland, but I’m always looking for my next creative adventure.
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