After I graduated in 2000 I moved up to Edinburgh. I lived in a small flat on my own in the seaside town of Portobello. I worked as a gardener, then in a coffee shop and then eventually in a bookshop. All the time I made my photographs. I always worked in black & white, sometimes 35mm, sometimes medium format. At one point I used Agfa Scala, a black and white 35mm slide film. The film had to be sent to London by post and the slides would return some weeks later, I would sit in my flat at night and look at them using my old 1960s projector.
The projector bulb filled the room with the warm smell of burning dust. It was one of the only ways I could afford to see the work I was collecting. I say collecting because there was no plan, no concept. I would go out in to the cold Scottish landscape and collect my images for no other reason than the process of searching and of finding my pictures.