How would you describe what you do?
I’m a photographer. That’s what I predominantly get hired to do, at least. The commissioned stuff has varied, as does the client, but lately it’s been mostly events.
My practice goes much beyond that, though. Photography is my main outlet, but not the only one. I write, I work with moving image; and lately, I’ve been experimenting with print-making and collage. They’re all just tools, really; photography is my favourite, and usually the most effective.
What are the main influences and inspirations behind your work?
Everything: photos, poems, books; people, relationships. It all falls under a singular, continuous interpretation, and I guess the emotional response to that is what fuels my work. If I were to only list a couple of creatives I like it wouldn’t be wholly accurate. That said, some large (and more tangible) influences have been, in no particular order:
Photographers: Garry Winogrand, Andre D. Wagner, Joseph Rodriguez, Tim Hetherington.
Writers: Frank O’Hara, Ocean Vuong, Kurt Vonnegut, Ursula K. Le Guin.
Artists: Frank Ocean, Jim Morrison.
The film, Synecdoche New York.
Books: Sirens of Titan, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, The Left Hand of Darkness, Norwegian Wood, The Trial, The Bell Jar, Watchmen, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
I’m also a big fan of ambient music, and am particularly inspired by artists like Tim Hecker and Kali Malone. Making that sort of music feels honest to me; like they’re making it just for themselves, which I find incredibly grounding.