I do have some rules:
the heels stay on...
I’ve had an interest in photography since I was around 11 years old. My grandfather used to shoot, develop and print stills and cine film, mainly of family and friends. He had a small darkroom, and it was fascinating to watch him work and occasionally assist. So I guess I learnt the basics of photography from my grandfather at a young age but from then on I’ve been self-taught.
Having spent a long time in technical roles in science and engineering, I’ve closely followed the incredible growth and improvement in quality of digital imagery and photography and it’s this improvement that has recently inspired me to pick up a camera again and become more seriously involved in photography.
I mainly use digital technology although I appreciate and occasionally use film. Film has a beauty of its own and my approach to digital photography is purist, in a sense, as I do very little digital manipulation, if any. I try to digitally mimic the techniques one can use in a traditional darkroom, techniques such as conversions to
black-andwhite and sepia or duotoning. Photoshop is a fantastic tool, you can’t really do without it if you shoot digitally but I’d like to think I’m still doing “real” photography, where most of my pictures would still work whether taken on film or imaged on a sensor.
Although most of my pictures can generally be termed “fetish”, I really don’t know if I have any particular style; that’s for viewers to determine, should they want to. In some respects I don’t know what influences me, but photography that inspires me comes from the true pioneers of their craft across many genres: fetish, landscape and architecture, also from surrealist art and design. I like the works of Ansel Adams, Helmut Newton, Bob Carlos Clarke, Erwin Olaf, Günter Blum and Melvin Sokolsky, to name a few that come to mind. I love Sokolsky’s Paris 1963 “Bubble” series: amazing execution, his idea inspired by The Garden of Earthly Delights, a 400-year-old Hieronymus Bosch painting.