About me

About me

In my 20s I went to work in North Africa. I thought that, after my contract ended, I was unlikely ever to return so I bought a camera to record what I saw. I had heard a song by Paul Simon making reference to a Nikon camera. So I bought one of those. Quite soon I realised that the lens didn’t suit my needs so I bought a new one. Then I wanted to change the camera body but by now I had the perfect lens - so it had to be a Nikon. I have no brand loyalty but this process has repeated itself many times since then and I still shoot happily on Nikon gear.

I have taken my Nikons to all seven continents and have photographed some amazing places. Yet landscapes and scenery are not my photographic passion. On my ‘way’ I have met and photographed many beautiful people. Ugly-beautiful and pretty-beautiful, world weary-beautiful and wide eyed innocent-beautiful. As my friend Graham said “They’re all beautiful” And he was right.

These days I mostly do ‘people pictures’. Usually they are contrived either in the studio or in the ‘wide and wonderful’. Sometimes a ‘candid’ shot arrives in my viewfinder and I grab it. Whichever, its hopefully the ‘decisive moment’ or the ‘defining image’ or something. But so long as it accurately portrays the subject (whatever that may mean) I’m content.

Everyone who ‘does’ photography has their own style. They can’t help it but they do. Its like fingerprints; they’re uniquely you. I discovered my style was different to what I had planned it to be, but only after looking back over my work. I feel that it's like opening a door into a dark room. At first you can't see anything but as the door opens more, all the exciting things in the room gradually become visible. The anticipation, the potential and then making it happen are how I ‘do’ my photography.

I am not an exceptional photographer - although that is what I aspire to.  And I do think that have got better over the years!  Judge for yourselves.  That’s what this website is all about.

The Royal Photographic Society

Photography (meaning writing with light) began in the early 1800’s although the Wedgewood family in Birmingham, England were experimenting with light sensitive materials before that. Henry Fox Talbot subsequently invented the photographic negative in Wiltshire, England. And later, the Royal Photographic Society began life in London, England, attracting Queen Victoria as its Patron. It was established for the purpose of ‘promoting the art and science of photography’.

So I think it’s beyond doubt that Photography was invented in Britain. There are some who might dispute that but I’ll leave you and your favourite search engine to form your own opinion.

These days, to be admitted as a member, one has to take some half decent photos; otherwise they won’t let you in! By succeeding, ones ‘credibility’ in the art of taking photos is established. I was fortunate to be admitted to the Society in 2002 and have since been proud to be a part of a Great British Institution.”