The Tulip Work, as with much of my work, began fortuitously. Working with still life, after my landscape work had come to an end, I reached a point of stasis in my practice and was uncertain of my direction and the sorts of photographs that I might take.
I commenced a post graduate course in Film Studios enabling me to resolve issues around critical theory which I had found personally oppressive. The frequent production of essays generated a need for displacement in order to escape the tyranny of the blank page. I began to photograph the space in which I wrote. The 'Tulip Kitchen Series' was born.
Working in 35mm with a Leica M2 and a Nikkormat and using available light I explored the space of the kitchen, always including tulips which became a constant presence. I had no idea then that I would continue photographing the tulip for twenty years to produce the body of work it became.