Within my practice I am unaware of ‘sub text’ or ‘concept’ until the work is done. It is all done subconsciously, as I work in an intuitive way. My primary focus as a photographer is purely visual, where image supersedes any pre-contextualized meaning that has its basis in language: Formalism over conceptualism.
Negating the idea and concept of the perfect negative and perfect print, I work in a tactile and physical way, altering the image in a way which works with it rather than simply to it.
I use the human body in my imagery because of its many layers; layers that are both physical and psychological. Physically the body is layered by flesh blood and bone. Mentally we are layered by our past, our present and our anticipated future. How we carry and present ourselves to the world is just the first layer. Pass this and you begin to reveal what lies beneath and uncover what creates who we really are, just as skin is the first layer above what physically makes, moves and breaks us. So then what is skin? Is it flesh, metal, paper, celluloid, psychosis? I see the plane of a photograph as skin, just one layer of the greater whole.