Of course you try to push as an artist, but at the same time it's hard, because people are inclined to be safe and are scared to allow us to push too much. For personal work I do anything I want.
I SALUTE BURBERRY. It was really the first brand who saw the value of my pictures when I was new to the whole industry and it taught me about brand spirit, commercial value, and team work. I think they are still constantly searching for new and exciting talent.
MY STYLE IS PEOPLE FOCUSED. I love people and talking to them. It takes a long time to capture the extraordinary, it's a process. Fashion should support the subject I’m capturing and not cover it.
OUT OF ALL THE CELEBRITIES I HAVE SHOT, I have to be honest I really enjoyed the early shoots with Alex Pettyfer, Nicholas Hoult and Andrew Garfield, because it was just very personal and fun, not too controlled. My way of dealing with strong personalities is to always just be myself.
I HATE BEING IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA or media, but the Bvlgari project was for the children. It was a fundraising project for children from rural China, for Save The Children.
I WORK BEST WHEN THERE ARE FEWER PEOPLE AROUND, less commenting during shoots, just me and the subject would be the best. Getting to know the subject I’m shooting makes me most creative and fun. I get inspired by everything. Currently I’m really getting into reading and outdoor activities.
DURING MY FREE TIME? Outdoor activities, spending time with friends, traveling to new places and talking to local people.
Photography by Kai Z Feng.
Opening Image: Melissa Tammerijn.