I first started getting into photography in mid 2010 and was mainly interested in nature/landscape photography and really had no interest in photographing anything else at all. I read a lot of articles and watched tutorials online and as I started to learn more about photography I found myself wanting to work on a project that would really challenge me to become a better photographer.
Some of my earlier work..
I had been a fan of Banksy’s work for a number of years and I got the idea for this project in late 2010 when I was trying to think of a project that could combine photography with something I was really passionate about. After quite a bit of research online I decided that I would go for it because aside from the odd ‘halloween costume’ interpretation of a couple of Banksy’s stencils and a few ‘inspired by’ photos, I could not see any serious attempts to recreate the images as faithfully as possible. I knew that this project would require a huge amount of money, work and time and that it would really challenge me both creatively and technically as a photographer.
I set a date to hold a small exhibition in an empty shop in September 2011 and every minute I could spare was spent working on this project. 18 images were shot [18 separate shoots, locations, models and wardrobes etc] over 4 days (2 weekends- to keep the rental expenses down to an absolute minimum) in late August and early September and my exhibition was held on the 17th of September 2011 in Hamilton, NZ.