The first time I took a picture was on a first grade trip to a northern settlement in Canada called Fort Chipewan. My parents equipped me with a small camera and a roll of film and couldn’t wait to see what I’d come back with.
I am sure I surprised them when I took an entire roll of film of just the clouds out of the plane window, some of which were the same clouds. I really wanted to nail that series! That was the last time for many years that my parents gave me a camera or film, but it was the first trip of many I would take away from my home, over 60 countries to date.
I started my photography career while walking through the narrow streets of Burma ten years ago. During an extended trip through remote (and not so remote) parts of India, Burma, China and other wonderful places in Asia, I renewed my love affair with photography. Lead by the skills of Danish photographer Morten Germund and French artist Vincent Bousserez, I was taught to see life differently and from amazing angles.
I embrace the fact that I am a portrait man, I love faces and expressions. Although I love vistas and landscapes, I can only capture them if I had a person as my subject. I am a guy who gets up at 5 am to capture the morning light on the Eiffel Tower only to get five pictures of a man eating a baguette in front of it. My world is filled with people and the stories they live.
That is probably why I have always been so drawn to my favourite artist/photographer, Sabastio Salgado. In his images I see people’s lives. As a photographer every picture we take documents a split second in time. I want that split second to last and for others to experience what that moment was like.
Over the years I settled down, to an extent. I am now married with a beautiful daughter and I use my fondness for portraits to capture weddings. It may sound odd at first but my experiences across the world have opened my eyes to weddings and family energy. There is an incredible beauty to a wedding that I find inspiring…it is one of the most intense and loving days in a family’s life.
I am privileged to be allowed into this intimate day and be able to photograph such powerful love and emotions. Every wedding I shoot I try to bring my vision of the day to life through imagery by capturing these amazing moments and emotion.
I know how lucky I am to share what I do with so many.