seeing the need to write about myself in the third person, being a photographer
was not something I had in mind when I took those first photos of the woman
I was with at the time. Rather, it was an exercising of my voyeuristic
By accident, these muscles have found excuses to flex themselves
on a regular basis as the images taken on that evening where a pleasant
surprise when later returned from the local chemist...an artistic venture
stumbled upon and then almost begrudgingly pursued.
That was almost a decade
ago now and I am yet to read a book on photographic technique or purpose
- a healthy dose of trial and error and a dash of experimentation has lead
me to my current style, which whilst evolved from my early working practice
remains largely unchanged from that first night.
For influence I look largely
to the surrealists and to a lesser extent; the spirit of Dadaism. Sometimes
the erotic aspect is almost an afterthought and I do enjoy undermining
and ridiculing sexual aestheticism.
My work is shot almost exclusively at
my premises in North London and this location has become as important in
my work as the models appearing therein. I see this setting as a small
corner in my mind where I can act out my playfully twisted fantasies with
a host of willing conspirators.
My work has been labeled grotesque
and misogynistic by some. But I can live with that.