Born in London, my photographic journey started at an early age.
My first film camera was a Russian Zenit, built initially for use by the Soviet military, and I often think, to the same weight and proportions as one of their tanks. I then moved on to the Olympus OM-10 which, in that era, was cutting edge technology. Both these cameras gave me a solid understanding of the techniques and skills required to make great images.
The following years saw me ebb in and out of photography as nothing more than a hobby, with life, a young family, and military service in the RAF taking precedent.
Following my discharge from service, I returned to the camera, rekindling my passion for creating images that make people look twice. I photographed everything. From cars to aircraft, flowers to landscapes, portraits to close-ups, and everything in between. It was a journey of discovery, meeting some great people, finding new subjects, honing new skills, perfecting a craft that I enjoy and have great love for. The journey also had the effect of narrowing down exactly what my eye wanted to see, leading to my preferred monochrome presentation of an image. It is not to everyone’s taste, but the tonality, contrast and luminance of an image can bring it to life, in my humble opinion. That’s not to say that I don’t take colour images, I certainly do, I just have a comfortable relationship with black and white, which I enjoy greatly.
These days, I tend to concentrate on documenting life as it happens in towns and cities, the people, and to a greater extent, the places. Buildings are popping up at a fast pace, changing the skyline on an almost daily basis. Great monuments of glass, steel and concrete, in praise to the gods of wealth and power, or merely to be the tallest kid on the block. They all have their own character, which changes with the movement of the light. I see them less as buildings, but more as indicators of where our futures may be going, and possibly what we are leaving behind.
My intent is to capture this ever changing world, with its good and bad points, and create images and art for people to enjoy, wherever they may live.
I hope you enjoy viewing my work, as much as I did creating it.
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