TPL: Do you have any favourite artists or photographers you would like to share with us, and the reason for their significance?
MB: Franco Fontana’s book about creative photography is what got me introduced to this subject, also his photographs played a major role in my artistic education, even though he is technically considered a landscape photographer. Bruce Gilden is another big influence on me, his unscrupulous methods in particular, even though he appears to often be criticised for them. Dating further back in time, WeeGee is another photographer whose work really strikes me to this day. Referring to other artists unrelated to photography, if I had to pick the ones that have been most influential on my personal education, they probably would be contemporary japanese novelist Murakami Haruki and, obviously, J.R.R. Tolkien.