Q. How did you get into photography/what is your background?
My first memories of photography are my dad using his Polaroid camera. The immediacy and magic of the photo slowly appearing before your eyes really caught my attention. I later reignited that love when i studied photography during my media studies course. This time I was developing and printing my own images which had me hooked!
Q. How would you describe your style of photography?
I’m not sure that I really have a style of photography! However, I think I lot of my work has a nostalgic feel. I love all genres of photography but I mainly focus on portraiture, documentary and fashion/fine art.
Q. What equipment do you use?
I use a Nikon D80, D300 and an old Nikon FM as well as a Mamiya RB67. I generally try to use available light… not a huge fan of flash.
Q. Who has influenced your work?
There are so many amazing photographers out there, past and present, it’s hard to know who has influenced me… I’m sure they all have. But my firm favourites are good old Henry Cartier Bresson, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus and Sarah Moon.
Q. Do you have any ideas on how photography in Birmingham can be developed or ideas for events/projects?
Unfortunately, there is a lack of photographic galleries and events in Birmingham. As a second city i believe we should have more, as I’m sure we all do. The only way this is going to happen is through determination and collaborations!! I see a lot more happening in Birmingham recently which is ace. We need to start up more collectives and maintain a hub of information for all. I’ve been spreading the word of your meetings in 6/8 Kafe and hope all you’re had work will pay off in the near future. Also, We Are Birmingham and Birmingham Photospace have been moving things forward.
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