Long before I owned a camera I had appreciated photography, and living in London made it easy to see shows featuring the war photo-journalist Don McCullin, Chris Killip, Martin Parr, Sebastaio Salgado and others. Brian Harris‘s black and white work in the early Independent newspaper particularly impressed me too. That may have influenced my long term documentary projects like Speakers Corner and one might draw an obvious connection from McCullin to my interest in historical re-enactment. But this also resulted from having read history at Cambridge and a decent knowledge of art history. And I was also a big fan of Robert Mapplethorpe, yet studio photography in general has always left me cold. So maybe my photography is more about hunting or finding images rather than constructing them? How my other photographic love – landscape – can be explained is beyond me. But does one really need to explain?