When did you first know that you wanted to be a photographer?
When I was about 28 and saw an exhibition comparing Ansel Adams and WIlliam Eggleston in London (Hayward Gallery I think) and I was blown away by Eggleston and totally disappointed by Adams. I realised photography could make you look at the world in a new way. Boring things could be beautiful (and in the case of Adams vice versa)
All the shots were set up and took about 4 months to complete (whilst doing other work). I did the project for two reasons: because I remember once being left in a car and feeling no-one could hear me and because around about the same time I discovered I had this incredible affinity with animals. I hated to see them suffer and felt they too were mute in some way. Those feelings have never really left me and the image of a dog in car always seemed to capture them perfectly – I had to take the pictures!
Be yourself. Go for it! Don’t worry so much what other’s will think.