You say your approach to photography is greatly informed by your background in painting; can you enlighten me further about this?
Well, I started off painting, or drawing, when I was very young. One of my first memories is of a real urge to be creative. All I ever wanted to do was to draw, paint and to make things. Painting was what got me through school, I was not particularly academic, but I was totally absorbed in art and painting. I went off to art school. In retrospect I went a year too early.
I was brought up in Jersey in the ‘70s, quite a sheltered upbringing, and I was sent off to start art school in London, two days short of my 17th birthday. I was suddenly catapulted into a world of joss sticks, cheesecloth and free-thinking – I was completely out of my depth! I stayed there for a couple of terms but I couldn’t hack it. I came back to Jersey and did other things instead, but I carried on painting.
What sort of subjects were you painting?
I used to paint these things that I imagined in my mind, mostly people going about day-to-day stuff, not so much pretty landscapes, but scenes involving people. I used to spend hours and hours in my bedroom drawing these imaginary scenes.
When I was about 10 I had it in my mind that I would draw for comics. At one point I was going to be a ...