Where are you from? I’m originally from Manchester, UK. I’ve lived and worked in London and Singapore, and been lucky enough to travel fairly widely. Living and travelling away from home for so long means developing a new set of visual understandings, and I’ve tried to do this through exploration and photography. I’m now based in Canberra, Australia, and dedicate myself to seeing as much of this huge strange country as I can.
How long have you been taking photos? Around 4 years so far, but every year or so I feel a change in what I’m doing. This last year has seen some big workflow changes - I’m scanning all my own negatives, and finally starting to get somewhere with post-production.
Favourite music? I like everything - today has been old favourites - Deerhoof, The Invisible, M.I.A., Toddla T - as well as just downloaded new EPs by Josh Quirke and Riton. So good!
What did you want to be when you were a kid? I don’t think I ever had a clue. What I ended up doing is acoustic design for buildings. It’s a strange specialist job that gets me to all kinds of places.
Recently I helped a large theatre to choose new seats with upholstery that absorbs just the right amount of sound for the acoustic of that space. I’d never have guessed that I’d be doing this!
Do you have a favourite camera to work with? I’m not a huge gear freak, but after years working with 35mm I’ve recently (finally!) moved up to medium format. It’s certainly been a big technical improvement and I’m really getting to grips with handling the larger frame.
I currently use a Fujica GW690III rangefinder, which they call the ‘Texas Leica’ because it’s HUGE! It was one of the only recent medium format cameras to produce a 6x9 ratio negative - the same as 35mm. It’s very robust and simple, and the lens is sharp. The size is a bit ridiculous but I like it!