For many years, I worked in the print industry, working to tight deadlines and meeting customers’ briefs with no room for improvisation. It was highly pressurised, with clear cut disciplines to follow. In the late 90s, digital printing began to make a difference to our work … at first the smaller items like stationery and flyers disappeared from our workload, to be followed later by larger items like catalogues and brochures.
In 2006, due to this decline, I retired from work and went to Trent University to study for a degree in photography. It introduced me to the work of many photographers I had never heard of, opened my mind to a more conceptual way of thinking and, from this background, I developed my interest in portraiture and digital composites.
Image: Summer Breeze
When not photographing people or attached to my computer, a lot of my time is spent on Nature Reserves in the East Midlands and along the east coast of the UK. Anything with wings will attract my attention and my camera – birds, butterflies and moths, insects – and the odd small animal. You can find photographs here.
In the summer, I use my 105mm macro lens almost exclusively, as I like getting up close and personal with mini-beasts; while. in the winter, I haul my 300mm/2.8 with a x2 converter attached which will get me fairly close to most British birds and the migrants passing through the wetlands.
Image: Brimstone Butterfly on Scabious
BA (Hons) Humanities 1984
BA (First Class Honours) Photography 2009
Royal Photographic ARPS 2009
British Photographic Exhibitions Awards
BPE Level 1* 2013
BPE Level 2* 2013
BPE Level 3* 2014
BPE Level 4* 2015
BPE Level 5* 2017
Photographic Alliance of Great Britain Awards
Credit Award 2014
Distinction Award 2015
Fédération Internationale de l’ Art Awards
EFIAP Bronze Level 2017
EFIAP Silver Level 2018
Image: Young Contender
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