I use photography to express myself and the way I see people and places is clearly reflected in my images. As an art form photography is interesting because it mixes reality and fiction, physically you have to be there to take the photograph but what you decide to show in the final image is totally up to you. Most of my work depicts simple moments from my own life; my work is an interpretation of the world around me and I am most interested in the absurdity of everyday life.
This body of work was conceived in Marseille in France during a three-week workshop with internationally acclaimed Antoine D’Agata. As a portraiture photographer I am in constant need of subjects to take photographs of. In France not knowing anyone I created ‘I doubt we’ll meet again’ a project which mixes the real, the absurd and the emotional. The photographs were taken during short encounters with people I had never met before and the resulting images are my representations of these encounters. It was important for me to get access to the subjects own environment to push not only my social skills but also my creative skills to the limits. Most of the photographs were created intuitively and any preparation was impossible as all the subjects and their houses were different.
This body of work is a product of the crisis I was going through when placed in a new environment. Some of the encounters were emotional, whilst others were more absurd, this depended on how much of a connection there was between us, or if we understood each other. Many times I felt that I exposed my own feelings through the subject. Often I wanted to escape from the encounter whilst at other times it felt like I had known the person for a long time.