1. What was it that first led you to pick up the camera?
My first camera was a red plastic toy point-and-shoot 35mm panoramic film camera. It was meant to produce panoramic photographs but whenever I got them developed the photo would just come back with two black horizontal strips.
I was always an artistic kid at school and this spread across all types of media. My mum had a Nikon SLR when I was a child and I loved devouring her photographs. She also had an obsession with Marilyn Monroe and had a series of hardback coffee table books including The Last Sitting by Bert Stern. I think these experiences really influenced my desire to make beautiful imagery.