When did you decide to become a photographer?
I don't remember ever really made a decision as such, for me it happened gradually. i was working in bars, assisting, teaching English to children etc. to make enough money to pay rent, to buy film, darkroom chemicals, food, equipment and other essentials, until i had too much photography work to do the other things.
How would you define your style of photography?
Generally bland, un-inspiring, forced, derivative........
Who are the most influential photographers in your career?
The work of Stoddart, Koudelka, Murphy, Pellegrin, Grarup and a bunch of the other Danish photographers, among many others, really excites me. i cannot claim to have been in anyway influenced by them, they are far too talented for me to have gained in that way from them.
What is your favorite lens?
Whatever is not on my camera at the time - i always seem to have the wrong lens on the camera. it would be great if there was a 24 - 1000mm zoom that was f2.8, or better, all the way, but still really compact.
Have you given up something to be a photographer?
I have given up the opportunity to sit at a desk, in a cubicle for 8 hours a day, everyday, until my retirement.
What personal changes and achievements have resulted through the photography you make?
My photography has taken me to places most people will never go, i have experienced things that most never will and every shoot, every day is different and a learning experience. My main achievement i feel is that i have been able to make a living from what i love, my work is my life.
Do you prefer photographs taken in color or black and white?
I have no real preference. Some people do great work in colour, some people in black and white, some in both.
What photograph for you is a memorable one?
The photo by Kevin Carter of a vulture in the background seemingly stalking a starving Sudanese boy, slumped on the ground - this photo is forever burned into my memory.
Your best moment as a photographer?
I can't remember one particular moment - but it is a great feeling when you are looking in the viewfinder, you press the shutter and you know you have made a great picture.
And your worst moment? ...
Probably the worst was hearing of the death of my old school mate Tim Hetherington in Libya recently.
Who should never want to become a professional photographer?
I cannot think of anyone who should not try to become a professional photographer if they want to.