As a kid in the 70's I was obsessed with collecting photos, ripping pages out of magazines and pasting them into scrapbooks. I can remember collecting all the images I could find of the moon landing and pasting them all into a giant red scrapbook. Some days I wish I'd kept all that stuff. I loved the clean, simple lines of those images. I’m sure I’m a little OCD...but please don’t ask my family because they’ll definitely confirm I am.
I’m in love with strong clean images, and being really organised. I suppose that’s what happens when you’re a creative growing up with parents who were scientists. My dad was obsessed with taking photos too and I have a tonne of old suitcases filled with old photos and slides still to be sorted through. But my passion for making this my career didn’t kick in 'till my late 30’s when, after having several fine art exhibitions (and getting divorced) I quit everything including my corporate life and moved to Paris to study photography and live in a city I'd been fascinated with for years. In the 2 years I was there I traveled a lot, including 3 months through Africa in an old truck that had been converted into a bus. Seventeen of us....covering 17,000kms. You can see what I saw from the window of that bus in my 'Africa' series.
I'm obsessed with photography and connection. I was adopted and for me that meant a constant search for connection - to myself and to others. I'm passionate about creating images that connect people to themselves. A great image makes me want to stop...to breathe and really soak in what's there...to feel something I've never felt before.
That's what I want my photography to do for others.
For me photography is all about connection.