Biography

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 my family on our holidays.  Pictures weren’t great to be honest. The vast majority of my work could be described as “plumes of coloured smoke with little red dots against blue sky” or “rocky escarpments of Southern Spain”, coincidentally including- all be it slightly larger dots- usually family members, quite often red, or shade of lobster… This was my repertoire. Abstract at best.

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!  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 after leaving Norwich was as a cruise ship Photographer onboard the Holland America Line, travelling the inside passage of Alaska. After one term on the cruise ship 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. I shoot portraiture but 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.  (the most recent example of this and my most comprehensive project to date being Sao Paulo).  I’m interested in the sense of scale this subject offers.  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.

 

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)

2018 Fine Art Photography Awards Nominee Professional, Cityscape. (Sao Paulo)

2018 Chromatic Awards: Cityscapes 1st Prize Professional Category (Sao Paulo)