Taking photos is the only thing I ever wanted to do. I grew up by the sea and the light and shadows I captured there as a child shaped my future work. I did a history of art degree which helped hone how I see and cemented an instinctive feel for composition.
I live in Dulwich in south east London, in a little house on a leafy street with a cherry tree outside my bedroom window. It’s a really nice place to live. There’s lots of green space, and it’s close to my favourite lido but is not far from central London.
The cherry blossom season really is the best few weeks of the year to live in London. It marks a significant moment in London life, with the return of the light and everything waking up. The mornings are misty, the air smells different and the light which, let’s face it, in the UK hides behind rain much of the time, is suddenly back. The blossom emerging, the light returning and the days getting longer all at once is the perfect, joyful storm.
I think they’re things I’m instinctively drawn to. It’s hard to explain when a photo, a moment just works but it’s a great feeling when it does. I love calm, simple settings with strong sunlight and shadows and the mood that the light inspires.
Yes, absolutely. That and I love fruit! I love the shapes and forms of good produce, the leaves and mud and imperfections. I love to capture the process of cooking, the behind the scenes images that tell a bit of a story and working with seasonal produce is a lovely way to do this. As is working with natural light as the angles and intensity changes throughout the year so it is a natural way to track the seasons.