I still have my first camera- a little red Hanimex which I used mostly for taking pictures of The Red Arrow's display team and family holidays’. Pictures weren’t great to be honest; Plumes of coloured smoke with a combination of red dots in the sky or rocky escarpments of Southern Spain also including (slightly bigger) dots- often family members, quite often red. This was my repertoire.
Things were to change however, when I was given a Canon AE1 by a family friend. I was 14. Maybe it was the macro lens, maybe it was because I could create crisp focused images with a depth of field- (neither of which were attainable on my Hanimex), or maybe because my photographs actually started to look good that drew me in? No more dots! Things have gone completely full circle for me since my formative years. I no longer photograph air displays or my family on holiday but i’ve nurtured my inquisitive nature, an interest in people and the world around me. My Canon has since seen better days and after accompanying me around the world in my early 20’s, was replaced by the superior Nikon FM2. So now I was hooked, I loved photography...!
I Studied at Norwich School of Art & Design and my first professional assignment was as a cruise ship Photographer onboard the Holland America Line. I spent five years assisting in London, working with notable photographers including; Corrine Day & Terry O'Neil as well as other Advertising, Portrait & Fashion photographers in the 20000’s.
I place structure and simplicity at the forefront of what I do and I find simplifying things a way of understanding at least something in this hectic world of ours. I believe simplicity soothes the soul. Most recently my photography has become focused on what us humans are doing to the planet and to what extent we fashion our own environment. Not so much an environmentalist, (although I do support the idea we’re trying for some insane reason to ruin our planet), I have an objective approach to man’s endeavours and I’m interested in looking at how visually & structurally, we’re influencing and utilising the space around us; How dwellings and urban landscapes are, in a way a portrait of us- as in the local community, or in a wider sense, the population of a nation. From the artic poles and deserts to the oceans, atmosphere and beyond... Human endeavour can be seen almost everywhere now and it’s fascinating!
Competitions & Awards
2015 International Photographer of The Year Honourable Mention: Documentary (Iceland)
2016 International Photographer of The Year Honourable Mention: Portrait (The VCC Cohort)
2017 PDN World In Focus Travel Winner (Sao Paulo)
2017 International Photographer of The Year Honourable Mention: Architecture (Sao Paulo)