Ten questions for ten creatives
- What do you do for a living?
I work as a freelance photographer and portrait artist.
- What was the path that led you to do what you do now?
All sorts of things! My degree is in Fine Art (Sculpture) and I have a postgraduate diploma in architectural stonework restoration. Amongst other things, I’ve done: admin jobs, teaching jobs, theatre jobs, access work for the disabled; portrait commissions, and metal chasing in a bronze casting foundry. But always with some photography and some sort of art production going on in the background…
- What did you want to be when you were at school?
First of all a PE teacher, then a dolphin trainer/owner of a safari park, then a vet (that lasted a long time – mostly because of James Herriot books) then I started to properly discover art (when I was about 13) and the joy of making things.
- What one piece of advice would you give your younger self?
Get on with it!
- What do you like my most about your job?
Variety and the transformative power of image-making – something fairly ordinary can be changed into something else entirely – and that is entirely due to my vision, how I see something.
- What do you find most challenging?
Either equipment (or operator!) failure in-the-field; when there is only one chance to nail something.
- What’s your favourite song (at the moment)?
Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton (saw him on youtube, performing it with Justin Timberlake – at some big US awards thing – love it!)
- If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
- Name three things that you always take with you to work on an average day.
Important contact details of event organisers, energy bars and a desire to see something no one else has noticed (doesn’t always happen!)
- Tell us a joke or a secret.
I like Cagney and Lacey and Bryan Adams – that’s a joke and a secret…