I would describe my style of photography as…
Experimental. I am constantly seeking new ways of capturing things. I started off as an architectural photographer before moving on to fashion some years later and I just loved the change from one genre to another. I want to keep moving and to push the boundaries even further with my own particular style.
What was your first camera, and how’d you get started in photography?
I picked up my first camera in a street market with my pocket money when I was nine years old. It was a Zenit and that camera marked the beginning of my passion for photography. I really think that it is what I was born to do and can’t imagine being involved in anything else.
Why did you want to become a photographer?
I started out young, just experimenting by myself with my Zenit. I used to get my toy cars and set them on fire just, so I could capture the shot of them up in a blaze. It was the challenge of getting it just right; the light, the feeling, the colors, that I really enjoyed.
What’s your most memorable shot or shoot, be it challenging to capture or interesting subject?
I’ve had a few, especially when the brief involves some activity or motion, but one that I remember as being particularly challenging was in the busy streets of Paris where I was shooting a model who was on a bicycle, so I had to keep up with her while trying to get the shot. I was precariously seated in the back of a moving pick-up truck, camera in hand, with one of my assistants hanging on to the laptop while the other was busy holding up the reflector. It was one of those crazy moments when tethering really makes life even harder, but I wouldn’t do it any other way.
What image are you most proud of from your photography portfolio?
What gives me a lot of satisfaction in shooting a woman and getting a result that is completely different from what she is used to or expects – I try to catch that ‘androgynous’ side of her that is not blatantly obvious. It’s a trend that I have been exploring for the last two years and it’s really fascinating to me to take the standard beauty of a woman and transform it into something unconventional through light and shade…to subtly reveal another side of her. These are the kind of images that make me feel good about my present work.
My dream gig would be…
To actually live permanently on a plane and just travel around the world doing photo shoots in every destination. I can’t think of anything more satisfying than that. But if you ask me who I would like to do some studio work with, I’ve got to say Alexi Lubomirski, who I think is an amazing photographer. The way he unlocks his subject is just incredible and I would love to get an insight into how he achieves that.
My favorite piece of gear is …
My camera of course! I currently use a Hasselblad but to be honest, I have a love of tethering – I cannot work without it. My TetherPro USB cables are indispensable to me.
Do you shoot tethered?
As someone who started with film and then kept up with digital technology, I became addicted to the practice of using my laptop in every shoot and I really can’t imagine not being wired, whether in the studio or on the beach.
My favorite piece of Tether Tools gear is…
Every kind of cable for tethering! That’s why I love Tether Tools because they can find me the latest model. I was recently looking for a very specific USB cable for the Hasselblad H6D, and Tether Tools were the first ones to bring it on the market.
The best advice I can offer a fellow photographer would be…
To work hard. That’s the golden rule for me; to just keep on going and do what you have to do, no matter what others may say. It’s not enough to have talent – you have to be prepared to put your all into it to get results and that’s where the real satisfaction comes from.
Why do you enjoy your work?
Photography is my life and I simply can’t live without it. There is nothing else I can imagine doing and if I wasn’t a photographer, I really don’t know what I would be.
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