Q&A

-How did you first become interested in photography?

When I was a teenager I had a passion for writing poetry and short stories, but I also had an urge to express myself visually.


I had no talent in either drawing or painting, so when my father bought me my first camera at the age of seventeen, I immediately knew that I wanted to become a photographer.


-What is your typical camera setup on a shoot?

My typical setup is low ISO, long exposure and a wide aperture. I use a ND filter so that I can use a wide aperture without overexposing the image.


-How would you describe your style of photography?

I would describe my style as fine art, dreamy, evocative and dark.


-Is there a single philosophy or theme that runs throughout all of your work?

I want my images to convey emotions hidden in the mind of the viewer. Emotions that people do not pay much attention to during their lives, but may recognise and acknowledge by looking at my images.


-How do you feel your photography creates awareness of mental health issues?

One can find a lot of literature on psychology, but I wanted to explore what the different states of mind actually look like. I consider my photographs to be a plunge into the darker sides of the human mind, and many of my images are visual representations of conditions associated with mental illness.


The pictures explore those who are gripped by darkness, isolation and sadness, and about relationships with close family. They tell about the lack of belonging, to live in a separate world that few or no others can enter or understand.


I have received letters from people around the world who want to thank me for making these images. Many of them have been struggling with mental illness and they find my pictures calming and understanding. The fact that my images may ease some of the pain that another person is experiencing means the world to me.


-What is your post-production workflow like?

I always shoot in Raw, and I use Photoshop to convert my images to black and white, cropping, adjusting contrast and sometimes I add a bit of texture to the image in order to achieve a ‘painterly look.’


-What is your dream project?

My dream project is to go back to South Carolina. I find the landscape in South Carolina ethereal and beautiful and it would be a perfect location for my images.


-What inspires you to create new work?

Nature, music, movies, art and literature inspire me to create new work.


- Why are you constantly drawn to shooting in black and white?

I have always been drawn to black and white photography and I sometimes see the world as a black and white photograph. I think it has more directness to it, and it hits you harder than a colour photograph.


-What is your top technical tip?

My technical tip is to think outside the box and try something new. I like to play with long exposure and different kinds of fabrics. This gives the image a beautiful effect and it is definitely worth a try.


-What was the best career advice you were ever given?

My best career advice is to find your own voice and style and stay true to that. Another thing I find important is to actively use social media to get your work out in the world.