The world is beautiful

I like people. Amost every day, I strike up conversations with strangers on buses or on the street. I like hearing about people's lives and interests, and if they ask I don't mind telling them about mine.

And it's mainly people that I photograph – portraits, street shots, and especially people working or playing together. I look for the glances and facial gestures that people use as much as words to communicate intention and meaning to one another. As individuals, I find people fascinating and beautiful.

As a species, on the other hand, we are ugly and stupid. But when our collective cruelty and wastefulness get me down, I can almost always find new inspiration by looking at the natural world. From cloud-shadows racing over hills to dewdrops caught on the micro-fibres of a leaf surface, there is astonishing beauty everywhere.

 Courgette flower

Courgette flower

 Moors above Hebden Bridge

Moors above Hebden Bridge