I worked as a model for nearly a decade and was frustrated with the superficial images constantly created of me. I began taking self-portraits during that time as a way to create images of how I actually saw myself. I wanted to create authentic, honest, raw images, and shooting on film and not retouching my photos was the best way for me to do that.
I always have loved art; it was a matter of finding something to express myself where words were insufficient. I enjoy painting but I find my painting childish. Writing also interested me but I never found a way with words. It therefore felt natural to choose photography since it can express much more than words, for me in any case.
I was introduced to this means of expression later in life during a long period of convalescence. I had never really had an opportunity to get into photography; it was an art that I observed from a distance. I made the most of my time convalescing to get to grips with photography on my own by reading books and to practice, mainly through self-portraits.
I had worked with film for a brief period of time at the start of my career, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I re-discovered it and decided to completely make the switch from digital. This also came at a point in my career where my focus was starting to shift from creating ‘traditional’ landscape images to the work I’m capturing now.
I discovered photography by chance through meeting a fashion photographer. My English was rubbish and her husband gave me a private lesson every week during my last year of secondary school. I went to their home for this lesson. Their lifestyle was very different from mine with my parents. I discovered a form of freedom that I didn’t imagine existed.