I’ve been a passionate photographer for about 25 years when I got my first ‘proper’ camera (an Olympus OM10). I was raised in the east of England where my landscape photography comprised mostly of factories in silhouette, rather than rolling hills and snow capped rural hill tops. Nevertheless, any subject matter can make for interesting photographs.
In more recent times, black and white landscape photographs taken of the Peak District with my V-System Hasselblad 501CM camera have become my passion, along with family portraiture, pet photography and wedding photography, where capturing amazing shots of special occasions is a great privilege.
I have also developed skills in canine photography and supported several RSPCA fund raising efforts over the years, utilising these skills to raise hundreds of pounds for the charity.
Unusually for this day and age, I use film. With the exception of two years between 2007-2008, I always have. There’s a certain ‘something’ about a photograph taken using film; rich, vibrant colours most notably, and a beautiful natural appearance more akin to how our eyes see the subject. I’m not the only ‘current’ photographer who thinks so either; Jose Villa, Ann Kathrincock, Michael Kenna and many others are notable examples who I happen to admire. In the case of black and white photography, the transition in shade from black to white is especially smooth. There’s something very real about film that I seem unable to replicate satisfactorily with digital technologies. I just work better this way! And besides, I can still utilise modern digital marketing like social media and blogs by use of scanning technology that is simply amazing these days. So I get the best of both worlds.
I am not a full time photographer. I do it more as a passion and for enjoyment alongside a full time job. However I do occasionally get asked for a print or get asked by a friend-of-a-friend to photograph them or a special event like a wedding. So I am, officially, also self-employed as a photographer. So if you have an interest in my work or my style, by all means get in touch and I will see if I can be of assistance.