I’ve just published a book, Children Say the Funniest Things, which is a collection of my photography and funny anecdotes and quotes. All profits are being donated to the NSPCC and if you’d like to support this, you can buy the book on Amazon.
Inspiration is everywhere and in photography I’ve been inspired by:
Steve McCurry – Novice Monk
I love his work. He is most famous for his photograph, ‘Afghan Girl’. My favourite photograph is the Young Rinpoche.
Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879)
Like me, she came to photography later in life and developed the ‘dreamy’ soft focus technique.
Margaret Bourke White (1904-1971)
American photographer who was the first woman to photograph for LIFE magazine. I’m particularly inspired by her work around war; being described as, “one of the most effective chronicles of violence”. Although the subject matter is distressing, through photography she showed truth and there was some peace in that. She also took the last photograph of Gandhi before he was assassinated.
Cecil Beaton (1904-1980)
British photographer who was renowned for photographing Queen Elizabeth at her coronation and the Queen Mother.
He also took the famous photograph of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Go Lightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Marilyn Monroe and the Rolling Stones were other favourites of his to photograph.
I find his work really fascinating. I love the emotion and truth he captured in monochrome and the fact that he refused to conform. He had big fashion houses and magazines sign contracts to say that they wouldn’t Photoshop anything he produced for them! Sadly he is no longer with us and died recently in 2019.