Relying on a tripod and careful positioning of equipment, my approach is slow, studied and selective. It is not an attempt to record a moment of action. Although with portraiture I may try to capture a fleeting expression if I can, nearly all chosen subjects allow me time to compose the shot. Photographing outdoors, the grand vista can be overwhelming and beautiful but does not easily work for me as a picture. I am often drawn instead to the small details: the knarled corner of a tree trunk, a swirl of water or a piece of quartz gleaming in a rock. It is exciting for me to find these hidden treasures and try to extract a satisfying composition from them.

It is also important not to interfere. Apart from moving a discarded drink carton or pushing an intruding stem aside, I will not rearrange a scene as I realise that, eventually, it will start to feel contrived. With still life, like portraiture or figure studies, arrangement is a part of the process yet I strive to avoid the impression of a set up by keeping the background and lighting as simple and natural as possible.