My two primary fields as a photographer are portraiture and photojournalism; a lot of my images are straight, natural, environmental portraits, such as those I shot in the migrant camps of northern France and for my project last year in Spain. Other times I get an idea into my head as to how I’d like someone to look or a situation I’d like a person to inhabit. However, that person or place may not be available, or even exist.
For the last three years, I’ve collaborated with my good friend, and makeup artist extraordinaire, Kimberley Berridge, in what we refer to as ‘Stylised Portraits’. Sometimes the ideas are mine, other times they are Kimberley’s, but mostly they appear from somewhere, halfway through a bottle of gin. In the case of Tony (USA flag, basement transvestite), the idea came at the end of a regular portrait shoot. We’d organised the session at the last-minute, on New Year’s Eve, after a local band cancelled a promo shoot due to ‘political reasons’ surrounding the Stars and Stripes flag; we’d had an idea to shoot a man wearing rough makeup, so decided to try it on Tony.
All of the images here were shot on analogue, using various cameras, all loaded with Fuji Superia 400 35mm film.