How are you? How have you been since this all began?
I am fine, but a bit frustrated as I am a people photographer, preferably all crammed together at an event.
Are you photographing? If so, what are you focusing your lens on these days?
I have been doing a series of people queuing for various things like supermarkets, or even buying ice cream. I have also been shooting the bird feeder and bath outside our kitchen window. It's not as easy as I thought it might be.
Knowing you travel a great deal for work, how has the confinement to home affected you and your work?
Well all of the trips planned have gone, I should have been doing a big shoot in Melbourne in early May, but obviously cancelled.
I did shoot a tin of tuna the other day for a company called Bumble Bee as they saw my thread, featuring canned food on my Instagram page.
Has this time given you the space to think about past and/or future projects? If so, what is on your mind?
I am thinking, as I just turned 68, I am getting on a bit, and it maybe the case that my whole year of shooting has been taken away, as the summer is always the busiest time. I am also doing things like going through old contact prints from the 80's and discovering new photos, so there is always something positive to do.
How has your work with the Martin Parr Foundation changed since the pandemic began? What projects is the foundation working on?
We have introduced weekly photo challenges, which have been well supported. Our bookshop has been busy and we are about to start doing Zoom talks, so we are keeping busy. We also have a series of interviews with other photographers, which you can see for free on the MP Foundation YouTube site. We have released Alec Soth and Simon Roberts during the pandemic.
We are also launching a Lockdown Box, this week, with 5 prints, related to the pandemic and a face mask with an MP photo on.
In which ways have you found humor in this whole situation?
Well there is always humour in everything, my work is about celebrating the quirks of humanity, and nothing much has changed, except you see less people.
How are you spending your time when you are not working on projects? Are you reading any books or watching any films that you have found particularly engaging?
I am not a reader of novels, but have re-read photo books such as the big Sergio Larrain book and the likes of Garry Winogrand. Also I have been enjoying hearing Darius Hines read out some very impressive texts on photography.
What are you looking forward to past this time?
Getting back on the road with a camera and the simple pleasure of having a meal in a restaurant.