My biggest influence is the world of cinema, inspiring me to create dramatic and often surreal scenes that tell a variety of narratives. Exploring thoughts, dreams, fears and feelings that one experiences throughout life.
Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills (1977-1980) inspired the development of my self-portraits. My photographs act as a bridge in communication where words often fail. Not only are these self-portraits a form of self-expression, but self-exploration; A form of therapy, helping me to better understand myself as well as explain to others.
The use of theatrics and disguises helps to relieve that inner whisper, telling you to colour outside the lines and be more creative.
I have experimented with photo manipulation, much like modern filmmakers use CGI, as well as the use of props and lighting on location. The use of dramatic lighting and photo editing techniques has allowed me to push the boundaries between what is real and what is not.
I want the viewer to feel drawn to my work on a personal level, to feel connected, yet to make them think, wonder, and ask questions. In the words of Dorothy Lange;
“I create Still Films, not Film Stills”.