JONATHAN CHERRY: When did you last see the sunrise?

CHRIS ROUND: A few weeks ago down the south coast of NSW over Christmas/New Year. It was warm and I couldn’t sleep, so I headed out to shoot some photos.

JC: Any emerging artists inspiring you at the moment?

CR: I particularly like the work of Svetlana Bailey, a Sydney based Australian/Russian photographer and Wouter Van Der Voorde who’s a Belgian fella based in Canberra, and I really like David Favrod’s work from Switzerland.

JC: Whats your current project all about?

CR: I’m kind of in between major projects at the moment, and tweaking some recently completed projects that I will promote in the next month or two. However I am always observing the surreal relationship humans have with their surroundings. Subject matter can range from local scenes in my neighbourhood to scenes more further afield in Sydney, regional Australia or overseas. As well as going out and finding new places to document I am interested in constructing my own subject matter and narratives both in the field and perhaps in a studio environment. I’ll be thinking of how these ideas are to be structured and how they’ll come to life in the next couple of months.

JC: Where are you currently living and how is it shaping you?

CR: About 3 years ago I moved to the north side of Sydney, as I have a growing family and needed more space than the inner-city offered. This change sparked a new visual awareness for me as I became aware of other parts of the city I hadn’t been interested in before. In particular I ventured out to areas further north and west that I hadn’t discovered before. This has led to me being more prolific in the past two years and easing off my other career in advertising to focus fully on photography.

JC: One piece of advice to recent photography graduates?

CR: Believe in your ability, experiment with new ideas, stay true to your goal. Repeat, for the rest of your life.

JC: Any big plans for 2013?

CR: I want to experiment with some new concepts and a few different aesthetic approaches. I may also take a road trip from Sydney, though the country, to either Melbourne or Adelaide (or both) - finances and family responsibilities permitting!

JC: Favourite tree?

CR: English Oak. We had a huge oak tree in my childhood garden in the UK and I had an awesome treehouse up there - good memories.