What's your background in photography?
I approach my photography from an arts background. I did 5 years of art school, dips in applied arts, jewellery, painting, and sculpture. I did do a photography course in the 80's, back in the darkroom days, but didn't fall back in love with photography until 2014/15. When coming back to photography, it was basically a case of applying the learning to see and push myself visually from art school to a different medium, which I think has helped me be free with my visual expression and visual language.
Tell us how your passion for mirrored images started...
To be honest, I feel like doing the mirror images was somewhat of a happy accident with experimenting, but thinking on it more, I remember doing reverse mirror double exposures in the darkroom back in the ’80s when I did a photography course. Maybe I am less interested in reality and more in the feeling I get from the patterns and how they take me to a different place. I was always fascinated by kaleidoscopes as a child, as well as loving the intricacy of art nouveau patterns so I think that's where my inspiration comes from.
What do you love photographing the most?Mostly, I enjoy photographing nature, and the pleasure of showing others some detail that may be overlooked, in a different way. I also really like coming across the randomly found treasures, the beautiful but imperfect unplanned visual moments. My mirrored images speak of the magic that can be found in nature if we just look at it in new ways.
How do you create these images and what advice would you give to people who want to try mirrored images themselves?
The process I use for mirroring is quite simple, but as with all things the devil is in the detail - you need to pay attention to edges, and be able to see in a single pic what would make an interesting mirrored pattern. I will spy something, and think 'yes, that would look good mirrored!' but I also play around with them a lot, and am always open to the happy accident of surprise!
Any editing software that can flip and combine images will work, I use Photoscape which is a nice free programme. Basically you open your photo, flip the image, save that, and then combine it with the original. Try different combinations of mirroring to see what pleases your eye - let go of any preconceived concepts, experiment, let the work lead you... I know this is contrary to a lot of conventional photography advice. I often use a variety of vintage lenses as well as art lenses (I love my Lensbaby Omni wands on my vintage Carl Zeiss 2/58).
Do you have any favorite photos?This is a hard one, I think I move on from what I have created fairly quickly, always wanting to capture more and express more the next time although in saying that, I do enjoy catching the ethereal and feel that I respond more to impressionistic images these days, so maybe it's more about having a favourite technique than a favourite photo.