Having had a camera for only two years, I spent the first year on a career break exploring photography and in the second year I was already one of the top events photographers in east London. With a degree in mathematics, I come at photography from a different perspective, combining the freedom and creativity of a vague, outsider artist and the precision and conceptual approach of a mathematician. Working in clubs and events, I was given a wonderful opportunity to complete the fantasies presented to me by the club kids and drag queens through use of ambient light, dedicated flash and long exposures, finding my own way to create intimate portraits amongst crowds of people. I had always used natural light as an artist, but the dimly lit events made flash essential in bringing out detail. I quickly developed my own techniques, manually firing an unconnected flash gun to create my own flavour of light painting. This required quick reaction speeds and agility, while the nature of club lighting meant there was always an element of risk to each photo. As I became more confident I started to be able to reduce this risk and control light in a way that meant subjects always came out clearly but the context was reduced and replaced with an array of colours and shapes giving the photos a dramatic ambience. Recently returning to portraiture, I have combined these techniques with my intimate style to create character shots that have an element of fantasy using situations and my relationship with the subject as inspiration. Working outside of clubs helps reduce the number of variables that I would normally encounter allowing me produce more controlled pictures although hedonistic elements of club culture still tend to seep through giving the images a slight edge of character, ego and sex while exploring an experience.