I’ve always been interested in the way that objects can blend into each other as you can see here: josephford.net/category/aerial-fashion I met Nina Dodd, who loves knitting and buses, and we did the first picture together – the one of the bearded man on the red bus. We were very pleased with how that looked and started thinking about other potential subjects.
The preparation is a very time consuming process. I find locations, choose the models, and then decide in advance how to pose the models. For the twin sisters for example, I chose to sit them on the ground as I felt it would be easier to get them to hold the post for a long time and for me to do various tests.
I calculated where the lines would pass through their clothes and how big they had to be and planned with Nina how exactly to translate that into knitting.
Each image represents 4 or 5 days of preparation and photography, plus hours or days of knitting.
I began my adult life sensibly enough by studying French and Italian at the University of Cambridge and the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, then horrified my parents by deciding to be a photographer. Since then I’ve been lucky enough to be able to travel round the world, mostly photographing people doing odd things.