[Artist, b. 1978, Birmingham, England, lives in London.]
A lot of people in the art world hate to use the word “Photoshop” like it’s cheating or easy or something. I say bollocks to that. For me, it’s my tool, my paintbrush if you like, and lets me create my own visual language.
I try and grasp the essence of a particular work, fuck about with it on the computer, and then display all the essence of a complete work on the wall.
...don’t be put off by someone telling you that your image looks too digital; maybe that’s the way it’s supposed to look.
The photograph is a tool used to take you back to a certain point in one’s life, to remember a face or a place you once stood. I feel there is always something quite melancholic about a photograph.
It is hard to avoid the aspect of time when producing what ones sees as a photograph.... my images [are] something that is not a frozen moment, but an image made up of many moments and that is created over time rather than taken.
Recently, I can’t seem to take a straight photograph without thinking that what I am photographing won’t be the final image—like the world in front of me is not good enough or something.