Inspiration found me at an early age. As a child, I spent my time drawing. As I grew up, I turned to painting. Photography, then, was part of my natural evolution as an image-maker. Looking through the lens, I often still think as a painter. I suppose it’s my love for composition.
Earlier on in my career, when I still worked with a large format-film camera, creating the right composition would mean physically cutting up my polaroid photographs until I saw what was in my mind’s eye. It was a time when a pair of scissors were an important part of my camera bag. Looking back, I miss this process, slow and artisanal, which has been lost to the digital age with its abundance of ease and possibilities.
There is constant experimentation in my work. I don’t like doing the same thing – repeating the same tones, colors and viewpoints. I love having the freedom to change with the mood of each image. Staying the same means becoming a manufactured product, which I never want to be.
Each of my pieces exists as a sharp reflection of my state of mind at the moment of its creation. At times, I feel the need to travel the world in search of new landscapes that touch my soul. Other times, I want to close myself in my studio and create a still life. These two worlds seem so vastly different, and yet they are perfectly connected in the sense that they cast a light on my inner world and bring it to life.