During my first few years of photographic education I made the decision that I wanted to visit Prague to take pictures. At the time my favorite photographers were Josef Kouldelka and Josef Sudek who both produced beautiful black and white images documenting life in the city. I was given the chance to go as part of an educational trip with a class of students that I had been teaching. Using a large 6x7 camera I began to document the areas I found most visually striking. I spent some time photographing the concrete plinth and the metronome sculpture that stands where there once stood an enormous Stalin sculpture. This space was especially inspiring, it had been over taken by the local ‘counter culture’ who had turned it into a make shift skatepark. Groups of young people use the area to congregate and express themselves and their individuality. A giant moving metronome sculpture stands on top of the hill and overlooks the city.

In my opinion the most striking image from the trip is the woman standing beneath the giant skull. I always avoid including people in my images but I shot this as a random one off portrait. After developing the film and seeing this image it reminded me of some of the reasons why I love photography. As a form of creative research photography can unveil a host of hitherto untapped creative potential. You can’t carefully plan every image because every now and again something will come along and surprise you. Sometimes an image will just immediately speak to you, the really valuable bit is ascertaining exactly why it ‘works’ in the way it does.