I haven’t always dreamt of being a photographer. I didn’t used to lie awake at night imagining myself to be the next David Bailey. Indeed, as a teen, I couldn’t have told you who Mr Bailey was if you paid me. But I did always have an appreciation for art, and fancied myself as a bit of an artist. The only drawback being that I can’t actually draw to any acceptable standard. A stumbling block for any artist-wannabe, I’m sure you can understand.
It wasn’t until I was in my early 20’s that photography even occurred to me as a viable profession. But once the idea had struck – before I’d ever so much as held a DSLR – I realised immediately what a perfect fit it would be for me. It was my calling, so to speak, and I knew it.
The original plan was to become a sports photographer, with a focus on combat sports in particular. And whilst I’ll never deny the thrill of capturing peak action (a thrill I still get each time I nail an exciting action shot!), I quickly began broadening my horizons and shooting functions and other events, which is where I truly feel I belong. Its where I get to 'do my thing', for want of a better cliche.
To me, photography is so much more than just clicking a button on a fancy camera. It’s a way of life. A way of viewing the world and using my eyes to appreciate, frame and capture everything and anything I find interesting around me. Since taking photography seriously, the way I approach my day-to-day life has changed.
I feel my job also suits my personality to a tee. I don’t like being the centre-of-attention, and am more than content being the observer rather than the observed. Added to which, I feel I am at times hyper-sensitive to other people’s emotions and body language, which in turn allows me to better anticipate and capture all those intimate moments that happen between people.