Long before I owned a camera I admired the work of Don McCullin, Brian Harris in the early Independent, Chris Killip or Sebastaio Salgado, and that may explain my pursuit of long term documentary projects like Speakers Corner. On the other hand, I was also a big fan of Robert Mapplethorpe and yet studio photography in general has always left me cold. Is my photography about hunting or finding images rather than constructing them? Maybe it was McCullin and my having read history at Cambridge that led to my interest in historical re-enactment, but I’ve also a decent knowledge of art history and often bring that to bear. How my other photographic love – landscape – can be explained is beyond me. But does one really need to explain?