I grew up in rural Oxfordshire leaving to go to Camberwell Art School (BA Art History and Chemistry/Museum Studies) in my early 20's.
My first job was as the Exhibitions Curator at the V&A Theatre Museum. Leaving when many curators were "dropped" in favour of business managers, I went to do an Art Foundation at Sir John Cass, and an HND in Fashion Promotion Media at London College of Fashion. This opened up work as a stylist/photographer at MTV Networks and on early web fashion magazines where I became interested in capturing behind the scenes and documenting fashion, theatre, music, art and the 90's London scene.
I was then very lucky that an NGO documentary commission came my way which took me all over South East Asia triggering a real bug for travelling & living abroad in Mauritius, Israel & Italy.
After many great experiences, I returned to work in London temping in design and architectural practices, while doing an MA in Photojournalism (Westminster) and CELTA teaching qualification.
I am now busy exhibiting my work, and teaching with books pending.
Leaving London after 30 years I came to Cambridge, which has brought new ideas and perspective.
My photographic work is in private collections - UK and abroad.
Of course my work speaks for itself, but if you would like to know more about its creation, read on.
My creative output is a combination of documentary record and aesthetic representation of what I see.
I call it "creative observation". Mike Leigh, the revered film maker, encouraged me to continue with this approach.
The following continue to inspire me and feature in my work somewhere: Italian Renaissance landscapes, the American Pictorialists photographers, the Post Impressionists , the 19th English landscape painters Turner, Blake, Dutch engravers (esp Rembrandt) and so many 20 / 21st C photographers (esp Steichen, Moon, Leiter, McCullin, Prager)
I aim for technical simplicity, no set ups, no flash, minimal post production.
My kit is a pocketable digital camera, currently Panasonic Lumix G7 and a smart phone.
Analogue? A luxury I'd happily return to in the future as I really miss the darkroom world!
Printers? I have used MetroImaging in London and locally Menor see links.
My current work in progress & a full archive can be seen in more detail by appointment