What was it that inspired you to become a photographer?
Unlike many photographers who develop their passion for photography at a young age, photography didn’t even cross my mind until I was eighteen years old. I did have one of those little 110 cameras, which my godmother gave me as a birthday present when I was around ten years old, but I could not afford to buy film or get the photos developed, so I doubt if I shot more than four or five rolls of film the whole time I had it.
It wasn’t until my first year in college, where I took an Introduction to photography course, that I really started to develop an interest in photography as a creative outlet. I think it was more the fascination of working in the darkroom that captured my imagination than the actual taking of the photographs. Seeing the images come to life in the darkroom trays, under that eerie red light, was kind of magical.
While I was developing (pun intended) an interest in photography, my sister was modelling in Europe and Japan. I guess I kind of used that as an excuse to look at fashion magazines and all the pretty models. The next step that seemed logical to me was finding a way to photograph these girls.
It wasn’t long after this that I was studying photography full-time in school. I was also fortunate enough to meet my sister’s agent in Montreal...