Who and what inspires you the most?
Oliviero Toscani’s work for Benetton always comes to the front of my mind when I review my work. I also have a huge love for strength and sexual intimacy that Helmut Newton strived for in his more inwards inspired work. Irving Penn and Manray really seem to be the linking influence for what I value in my emotional response to what I produce. The acceptance that sex is a celebrated component of the work, and that a lot of, or lacking of, elegance, class, character and conventional beauty can all be on display with affection and admiration.
Beyond photographers, I really adore Surrealism and Pop Art, and the artists that moved in and out of those orbits. Leonora Carrington, Dali, Kay Sage, Leger, Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Méret Oppenheim, Francis Bacon, Warhol, Joan Miró, and contemporary artists, especially from back home like Anthony Lister and Kid Zoom. Personally I’m a huge nerd as well, and adore science fiction, fantasy, exploitation, cult and documentary TV and movies. The colour and lighting usages of Kubrick, Argento and Wilder seem to come through without much thought too. And music vise, I love early 70’s soul/R&B/funk and post-punk depressive synth rock [laughs].