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I have been taking photographs since the age of seven. I always found this a valuable method of documenting the world as it confronted me and as an adjunct to my continuous drawing and sketching.
Photography allowed me to record oddness whenever I came across it, which chimed in with my own state of feeling out-of-sorts with the world as I grew up.
I self-taught myself to take good pictures; paramount was composition and detail.
I actively documented my early drawings, paintings and sculpture. This taught me the basics of lighting and depth of field.
By the time I attended Goldsmiths College, photography represented a large body of my work, but I considered it informal. I studied under the stimulating presence of Richard Wentworth. From him I learned to open my eyes even wider, and to seek oddity with even greater zeal. From him I learned the value of documenting things.
I now feel that it’s a bit like being a fake photo-journalist; finding arresting images that will never change the world, but nonetheless illustrate (photo)graphically the rich tapestry and diversity of things in the world (usually through the agency of Man).
me is the voyeuristic hunger that I have whenever a camera is slung around
my neck; I want to discover something that others might just walk past
in their hurry to reach destinations other than mine. I do not care about
being late – a rewarding image is worth much more than punctuality.
1993 ‘ParaTypes’, Hales Gallery, London
Gasworks Gallery, London