As much as I would have liked one, for whatever reason I’ve never had a photographic mentor. I never studied photography and picked up a camera only after I finished university. I can be quite reclusive and independent, so perhaps that has something to do with it. Although in the age of the Internet, from Flickr to Tumblr and Instagram, a mentor can only be a click and a question away. With that being said though, my mentor is without a doubt my father, who, as a director, was and is still educating me on the finer details of how to use a camera. Although as a filmmaker his advice can only go so far. When it comes to photography, I can credit a few individuals for sparking and maintaining my love for the medium. However, one stands tall above the rest and that’s Paul D’Amato. His images have stayed with me from the first time that I saw them, and to this day they are a constant influence on the manner in which I approach and photograph my subjects.