Photography is a wonderful craft and one I have enjoyed for over 30 years. Eight years ago it became 'my job', running my own business, doing what I love.
I first picked up a camera at a young age, a simple 'point and shoot' used mainly to record family holidays on 35mm film. It became a serious hobby throughout my teenage years as I captured record shots from visits to local airports and airshows. By the time I joined the Royal Air Force in 1986 I had grasped the technical "nuts and bolts" which released me to learn the subtleties of light and how to see photographically. The subsequent addition of Medium and Large format systems granted a more considered approach to my photography when compared to 35mm.
Even today, I find medium and large format film to be a more inclusive, rewarding (and demanding) medium than digital and one that rewards a patient and meticulous frame of mind. That said, digital photography brings speed, convenience, technological advantages and a complimentary platform for my own commercial work and computer based editing. We are fortunate to have such a wide choice of tools at our disposal.
Notwithstanding the enticing appeal of new digital equipment, photography for me is about the whole process - planning an image, getting up in the middle of the night, waiting for the light, making the image and then the print. The disappointments (and there have been countless) to the incredible way photography has put me in locations around the world and allowed me to witness some truly incredible sights is what it’s all about - which camera I use to make an image doesn’t really matter, but how my eyes see the light and construct it certainly does.
I became a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society in 2004, an Associate in 2010 and Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop/Lightroom in 2012. I also have an MBA (Distinction) from The University of Manchester.
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