-How did you start out professionally in photography?
Well, I bluffed my way into getting media access to a major music festival, borrowed a friends camera and googled ‘how to take concert photos’. It kinda snowballed from there.
-How would you describe your photographic style?
I’m involved in a lot of different genres so it’s hard to define a particular overarching style photographically. I think my style comes through more in the way I approach a shoot. I work in a very collaborative way and thrive on drawing ideas out from everyone else involved in the project. I’m also quite spontaneous with my ideas, with many of my favourite images being taken without a moment’s notice. I guess I learned this on the road where you don’t have much control over what’s happening around you.
-What is your typical camera setup on a shoot?
All shoots are different but in general you’ll most likely find me holding a Canon 5D Mark III with a 50mm 1.2 lens.
-What inspires you to create new work?
A lot of things, I often feel like I have many ideas floating around in my head and not enough time to explore them. Whenever I travel I’m inspired to capture the world around me, or the fascinating cultures I encounter. A lot of my friends are creatives: artists, illustrators, filmmakers and dancers – they always inspire me to create as well.
-What is your post-production workflow like?
I use Aperture for processing 95% of my work. It has its limitations but I’m very comfortable using the software. When the occasion arises, I do some additional work in Photoshop.
-What is your dream project?
I would love to tour with a mega-pop star. Somebody like Miley Cyrus or Justin Bieber or Taylor Swift. Sounds strange, and no it’s not my kind of music at all, I just think that world would be fascinating.
-How do you keep your skills sharp? Do you prefer attending workshops or self-education?
Everything I’ve learned has been self taught, or learned on the job through the process of collaboration with highly talented friends. It works for me, though I know plenty of other great photographers who learn through formal studies and workshops. Everyone’s different.
-Which other photographers have influenced your work the most?
When I was first learning music photography I looked to photographers like Daniel Boud who were veterans of the scene. These days I don’t know many photographers who work in the same way as I do. Adam Elmakias is a great music photographer from the States who I look up to for his attitude and work ethic as much as his photographs. Joey L’s work with minority cultures is fascinating as well.
-Do you see your work as documentary, commercial or art based?
I would say on the whole, documentary.
-What was the best career advice you were ever given?
Bad decisions make great stories.