“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
I started my working life as an engineer in the Oil business. Whilst onboard the super tanker, the Esso Caledonia. Somewhere in the middle of the Red Sea, I fell in love Photography.
I’ve never had any formal training in photography .. some might say that’s fairly obvious ; )
Like most working photographers I assisted. Working in London with the great British photographer John Claridge. I spent 3 years with John, his studio was above Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club in Soho. He shot everything from Ads for Marlboro cigarettes to portraits of people like Chet Baker. An amazing adventure !
I started my career shooting editorial stories, mainly people and landscapes, from there I drifted into fashion and lifestyle and by quirk of fate ended up where I am today, shooting people and cars, both stills and motion.
I love the collaboration and teamwork that goes into shoots, I love sharing ideas, I love that group ownership thing that happens on a shoot. We’re all working, problem solving, all for the greater good of the picture.
I hope to grow and develop as a human being. I'd love to continue to work with inspiring and creative people and I also hope to continue shooting images near and far that mean something to me.
Nowadays, you can find me in the beautiful French countryside, re-exploring photography, building my studio and darkroom. Getting ready for those alternative processes.
It’s more than just a job, it’s given me a way seeing the world around me, it has given me satisfaction in my work and also a means of expression. In some ways it defines who I am.