From rural Oxfordshire I came 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 Victoria & Albert Museum, Theatre Museum. Leaving when many curators were "dropped" in favour of business managers, I went to do an Art Foundation course 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 documenting the worlds of 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.
most recently spending some of the lockdown months in Finland observing how they ahve dealt with this.
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.
I'm inspired by Italian Renaissance landscapes, the American Pictorialists photographers, the Post Impressionists and how they were affected by photography, 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 please contact me here.