I have always loved the stars. My Dad and I used to stand together and gaze at the sky at night. About eighteen months ago, I thought ‘I want to take a picture of the moon. I want to capture all the detail clearly and properly.’ That’s why I got my first proper camera that Christmas.
I still love taking pictures of the moon. But now I will shoot pretty much anything, anytime, anywhere. If I see something cool, then I shoot it. When I started experimenting with my camera, I discovered that I could get other people to see the world as I see the world for the first time ever. People rush around so caught up in their own lives that they miss the beauty in the everyday things all around them. I learnt to slow down and live my life with my eyes wide open and my camera always within reach.
I love that there is so much to learn and discover in the world of photography. I love to try new things and master different techniques. I love black and white shots – there’s something so dramatic and somehow pure about them. When I’m out and have taken a whole load of pictures, I can’t wait to get home, get the memory card out of the camera, upload the shots onto the computer and then see what I can do. I aim to appreciate natural beauty but then celebrate and highlight it all the more by skilful editing.
I rarely wake up in the morning with a clear plan of where I am going or what I will be taking shots of that day. I’m not into setting up a shot or getting people to pose. For me, it’s all about capturing the extraordinary in my normal everyday life. It’s about perspective, angles and feeling. You can look at anything and turn it into something cool. That is what I do.