I was fortunate to grow up surrounded by beautiful countryside in North Yorkshire, an area I still find constant inspiration from today. As most of my family were enthusiastic photographers, it was inevitable a camera would find it’s way into my hands at a young age.
Aged 13, before the advent of digital, my father taught me how to process my own photographs. Like anything new I would immerse myself totally, meaning I would spend hours in the darkroom learning a great deal about composition and tone in an image.
At 18, I was lucky enough to gain work experience at Ilford in the printing department under the hand of the great head printer Mike Walden FBIPP, Hon FRPS and was given the honour of printing work for the V&A museum in London.
After studying photography and film at Mid-Cheshire College, I started providing work for photographic magazines and was a frequent contributor to Photo Answers magazine shooting technique articles as well as providing images for business and publishers.
I bought a Gandolfi 4x5 and began shooting landscapes and instantly fell in love with the 6x9 format. It was around this time I delved into Photoshop, another new and exciting area in which I still get totally absorbed.
In 1997, aged 26 I entered The Campaign magazine / Image Bank Creative Photography competition not expecting much! To my surprise, I won my category, “Private View” which was presented to me at an awards ceremony at the Mall Galleries in London where I met some truly inspirational people. This was judged by industry luminaries such as Wally Olins of Wolff Olins and Rebecca Willis of Vogue. The Award was designed & presented to me by a young Thomas Heatherwick who went on to design the New London bus along with some other incredible structures.
It was this that spurred a move to London where I soon secured a job as a photographer shooting work for clients such as Coca Cola, Toyota and Royal Jeweller, Garrard. This was a great time and a steep learning curve for a few years which I embraced with enthusiasm.
In 1998 I entered The British Journal of Photography / Agfa Pro shot Awards and again won my category for a digitally manipulated photograph.
Over the course of the years, I have continued to shoot both personal and commissioned work which now takes me far and wide. A particular favourite is “Pier boys of Brazil”, part of a series of images, which was exhibited at the 2011 AOP Awards in London.