The self-portrait used in the picture was taken in 1999 at the very beginning of her career, during a time when, ‘I was trying to work out what sort of pictures I wanted to take, and I didn't have access to great stylists and great fashion. So, it came out of exploration,’ says Summerton. The portrait, which was also exhibited in a 2019 exhibition of her art in Miami, adds an intimate and deeply personal element: ‘The portrait was one of a series of pictures dedicated to the beginning of a love affair. So, it does mean a lot to me,’ she says.
20 years later, Summerton finds herself one of the world’s most in demand fashion photographers, and on the day that we speak, her British Vogue cover shoot starring Dua Lipa had just hit the newsstands. ‘I travelled so much for so many years, that actually, not being able to, is really relaxing,’ she says of her experience of the lockdown. ‘I like being on my own. I know it’s been really tough for some people, but I’ve actually really enjoyed it. There’s something to be said for being in one place.’