Who is your favourite artist you took a photo of and why?
So many great performers to choose from. Michael Caine, Meryl Streep, Judy Dench, Dennis Hopper, the list is almost endless. But I guess if I had to choose it would have to be David Bowie. Great person to meet and work with. A true icon of the last half-century.
What is the best experience you had working in the film industry?
That could go into three categories. One would be having an intimate front row seat and watching amazing performers such as Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins, Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley In Sexy Beast; the multiple amazing performances from Helen McCrory.The other would be the amazing places I’ve seen. Svalbard on the film Far North, when we lived on a Russian Icebreaker for four weeks and tried to avoid the polar bears or Africa United where we worked all over South Africa, Burundi and Rwanda staying in one place for only a few days at a time. The desert of Jordan on the Last Days of Mars, New Zealand on In My Father’s Den. The last would be doing portraits one on one with some iconic people. Such as the Beast Boys, Dennis Hopper, Jude Law, Liam Gallagher, Martin Scorsese etc….
The best place to take photos is…
Is probably in a studio. You’re in full control of everything from lighting to mood. The other is anywhere at magic hour.
If you wouldn’t be a photographer you would be…
I could have been a mediocre mathematician or a very good bum. Luckily I found something I was passionate about and survived the lean times with sheer determination.
What kind of portraits would you like to do in the future?
I’d like to do a different kind of project to take me out of my comfort zone. Doing portraits all the world leaders of the world. I’d include all the multi-billionaires of multinational corporations who arguably wield more power than the countries.