What did you want to be growing up?
Up until the age of 17, an illustrator. In fact it was studying illustration on a foundation course that got me into photography. I was doing laser and light prints on photographic paper, using the cameras as a tool for illustration, before a technician gave me a camera to play around with.
How useful have your studies been in your career?
After my foundation, I applied to Brighton, Newport and Bournemouth but everyone rejected me. So I got a one-way ticket to Corfu instead, and spent eight months playing around there. I landed back in the UK, and four days later I ended up on the photography course at Kent, on a clearance place.
To be brutally honest, I don't think it was very useful. Out of the 36 students in my class, not even a handful of people are still doing photography. But I think at that age, it’s more of a life experience than an educational one.
One of the failings of universities and colleges is that don’t teach you how to make money from photography – they teach you how to be an artist. But you can’t be an artist straight off the bat. That’s why so many people fall by the wayside, because the reality is, you’ve got to pay rent. So, if you can’t make money from photography, then you’ll get any job you can, and then your photography starts to move to the side.