Taking war photography back to the 1640s?

Should you ever describe your photography or explain why you take certain types of pictures? Probably not, but what first made me want a camera was seeing the work of photojournalists like Don McCullin, and Brian Harris in the early Independent newspaper, and I also remember the impact of shows by Chris Killip and Sebastaio Salgado. This might explain my long term projects like documenting Speakers Corner, but having studied history at Cambridge was what actually led me to photograph historical re-enactment. Influences should never be simple.

Landscape has always been my other love. Again McCullin was an early favourite after I got his wonderful book of wintry Somerset landscapes in a harsh black and white. Others would be Fay Godwin and William Neill, while more recently some of David Ward‘s ideas have been thought-provoking. Yet just as much inspiration comes from my interest in art history.