In what context did you work on this fireworks series?
The editor of Numero
Jonathan Wingfield, wanted to do something
celebratory for their hundredth issue. I am always interested in toying
with photographic clichés - firework photography definitely belongs in
What does the title Gunpowder Plot make reference to?
In England, the 5th of November celebrates the thwarting of the Gunpowder Plot, an assassination attempt against the king carried out by a group of Catholics on November 5, 1605. It takes its name from the fact that the plotters planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament with powder kegs.What is your background? How did you come to photography?
a teenager, I started taking pictures of the bands I went to see, like
The Smiths and The Fall. After school, I worked as a photographic
printer before going on to study philosophy at university. By the time I
finished my studies, the British art scene was exploding and a lot of
great new photography was being done in the fashion magazines. I started
shooting for Sleaze Nation
in London and Self Service
Paris and tried to bring politics, humour and an artistic perspective to
magazine commissions (mainly fashion but also other genres). You’ve
essentially been practising photography for magazines and advertising.
What do you like about working in an editorial/commission context? Do
you agree with Erwin Blumenfeld – the Godfather of fashion photography –
when he talks of a photographer’s responsibility towards the huge
audiences he reaches through magazines?
I'm interested in
magazines to the extent that the readership is focused on being
entertained and stimulated rather than choosing things to buy. It's not
so much that I feel a responsibility to the readership but more the
rather selfish motive of wanting to do interesting work myself!
Limited edition, numbered and signed.