I like the people who model for me to express themselves in the work as much as possible. We are creating these little scenes together like I’m the lighting, cameraman and director. They are the actor, wardrobe, makeup and prop master. There’s sometimes a bit of crossover in the props department – a throwback to my old job. Helen here brought her own hoop. It’s how she keeps fit. By framing her in it with this wonderful diagonal zigzag of her arms there is a great graphic quality to the piece. She has a real tension in her pose. Absolutely still with her back to us, displaying her strength and her scarlet mane, she’s about to begin her performance.