Ark actually began as a project exploring elephants in captivity, but over the last year it's expanded to become a wider project encompassing all zoo animals, exploring the issues surrounding day to day life in an artificial world. I was particular interested by people who attended zoos to take 'wildlife' photography. It's my belief that zoo animals cant be classed as wild without a natural context, in the same respect zoo scientists can't apply results from experiments on zoo animals to wildlife. Instead of wildlife, we are given a performer on a stage, a manmade environment built to encourage activity for paying visitors. Through my work I want to uncover the illusion of the wild animal.
My work is very observational, I'm not the kind of photographer who creates a scene before shooting, I like to capture things as they appear, its all about timing and composition. In my free time I work as an events photographer so these skills are important. I always shoot digital as it works best with my process.
I get my inspiration for my personal work from issues in the world, I've never been the kind of photographer who takes images purely for aesthetic value, its important to me that the images mean something.
As I mentioned before I am already an events photographer, but I would love to start shooting editorial work for magazines. After university I am moving to Kenya to shoot portraits of poachers. These people are so often dismissed in the media as cold hearted criminals when in reality its desperation that forces them to crime. The hope is that the resulting images can be used in campaigns in countries that feed the ivory trade, in order to raise awareness, working towards ending the poaching crisis.