An American photographer, Irving Penn, once said that what people hide behind their masks during a photographic session is usually more interesting than they themselves believe. So Penn worked with his models slowly and kindly, patiently coaxing out their inner qualities and complexities, and creating amazing portraits in the process. But I do not have the same luxury of time that he had, so I rush my models to open up as soon as I look at them through my lens.
I took this self-portrait after a long, long day taking portraits of three people in places as diverse as Hampstead, Richmond and the City of London. I was the fourth model of that day.