My breakthrough: Benedict Redgrove

In this series, we ask leading creatives to speak about what sparked their careers. Here the photographer Benedict Redgrove talks about the significant projects that made him realize the value of his work

The way I see things as something that speaks to others was a defining moment for me. Art directors looking at my work and saying it felt more like art than commercial work felt good, and when I did that again I got a sense of confidence that what I was doing was right.

I had tried to learn about photography when I was young, but it had all felt so incredibly difficult and I was burdened with the technical details. In 1988 I attended Berkshire College of Art and Design and did a foundation course in their Maidenhead grand piano. When I left there, I was working in a few design studios in the province. After a few years I took a camera and started taking pictures in my spare time. It was something that felt very true to me. When I wasn't taking photos, I thought about it so I knew this was going to be something that would take over my life.

I worked a lot from my gut, moving the cameras until it felt right, and teaching myself what was a slower process than anything on film. I think there were moments when I realized what I wanted to shoot and people saw the way I saw things as different and exciting.

Bertone Alfa Carabo, cover picture by Benedict Redgrove for wallpaper *