Instead of describing myself in the third person, below are some answers to questions regularly coming up in interviews. Hope these give you a better insight into my process…
|Where did you grow up and how did you get into photography?|
I grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand and studied from pre school all the way to University there. Photography was always a hobby but I never studied it. When I began working in fashion in the early 2000’s I wanted to be the guy calling the shots behind the camera, so literally went out and brought a camera and began to play and see if I could get this thing to take nice pictures.
|You seem to be “affected” by the cardinal sin of childhood: playing with food. Why have you developed such a mouth watering artistic obsession?|
I always worked in the food industry before being able to be a full time photographer. I was fascinated about peoples requests and what they ordered said about their character and personality. I try to bring this idea into my work by showing the connections visually.
|You spent 4 years as a high fashion model: how your behind the camera work has been affected by your modeling expertise?|
Although I shoot very different subject matter there are a lot of lighting techniques and tricks I picked up and a sense of balance within a composition
|Say something about your process, how do you go about creating your work?|
It’s very simple, I create visuals that appeal to me. Ideas can come from anyplace and usually if it makes me laugh or keeps coming back to my mind without writing it down I feel I should try to make it. Once I decide to execute something the only hurdle is my own motivation.
|Many of your series are collaborations, why is this?|
Primarily it’s more fun to work with someone but I also think a lot of the time the work will turn out better. It’s great to have someone to challenge your ideas and who can compliment your skills. I feel a successful collaboration blurs the lines between specific roles, the photographer can become the artist/stylist and vice versa. When you get out of your comfort zone thats when you learn and unexpected surprises arise.
|What would be your last meal and why? And if you were a pop star, what would you like to bring with you in your dressing room?|
I couldn’t stomach any food if i knew I was going to die but if I was a famous rock star I’d want Miller High Life beer, oatmeal and raisin cookies and fresh fruit plate.