a visual eye
I was never any good at school. I’m not the academic type and my best subject was football.
I played centre forward but peaked too early and lost my touch in my late teens.
I left education with poor grades and nothing but an interest in photography.
I started when I was 10 with a Kodak Instamatic.
I took it on my first time abroad which was a school trip to Portugal.
When we got to Lisbon I remember walking the entire length of the Benefica football stadium just to get a composition of this image I had in my head.
I don’t think I ever got it how I saw it but now, I’m older, I know I’ll always be on a quest for all those elusive shots that I see in my mind’s eye and want to capture on film.
Making pictures is what defines me – it’s what I do, what I am, where I’ve been and where I’m going.
It’s what I’m driven by, distracted by and empowered by.
It’s my strength and my weakness, my highest highs and my lowest lows, my memories, my everyday thought and my future.
Pure and simple – it’s my life and I love it.
I’ve been lucky.
I’ve achieved a level of success I could only have dreamed possible.
I’ve worked on global advertising campaigns and international publications that have taken me all over the world but still I’m that same obsessive, infuriating, creative kid endlessly searching for images that spin around my head and make me dizzy sometimes.
I’ve had good times riding waves of success and bad times sitting out the storms but mostly I’ve had the time of my life just doing what I want to do.
I like living in New York
I like the mad crazy energy of that adrenaline fueled city where there’s so much to see and shoot.
I like the small cramped spaces and the wide open mindset of a big city mentality.
I like the life on the street and the people that you meet.
I like it at my house, overlooking the beach and the vast expanse of the Atlantic.
I like fishing in that Ocean.
I like the stark natural beauty of a landscape stripped bare and exposed by a lack of rain and vegetation.
I like the huge panoramic views of the sky.
I want my images to have a mood and a feeling and a story to tell.
I’ve always liked to shoot stills in a cinematic way and moving images is what really excites me now.
I’m inspired and humbled by all the characters my camera has given me the opportunity to meet and I’d like to think my pictures do them some justice