Until I persuaded myself to become the subject of my work I hadn’t really appreciated fully that the studio is just a performance space like any theatre stage. Once I had embraced that idea I was able to forget about being self conscious or awkward and to centre myself either to project myself to the camera and engage it with my eyes or to pose in a way that looked and felt being comfortable in my body. I’ve thought about it a lot and it seems a tragedy to me that so many people hate having their photograph taken. We only get one body and to not be comfortable with it is awful.

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