I started taking photographs as a school kid, encouraged by my dad who used to set up a darkroom in the bathroom at home in Teesside UK.
After school and college, I began a career in education, teaching Environmental Sciences and Photography in secondary schools before moving to the primary sector. There I taught across all grades before becoming a Headteacher. I retired in 2010 after 15 years in leadership. I now spend some of my time travelling, still taking photographs…
My first purchase was the Praktika Super TL, a cheapish 35 mm single lens reflex camera. I was later able to acquire an Olympus OM2N with Zuiko wide angle lenses and I used that until I was able to afford my current piece of equipment which is a Canon EOS 5D mkIII.
I like to use the elements of shape, texture, space and form whenever I can and I try to create images that encourage seeing from a changed perspective. I have always enjoyed the outdoor life, so maybe you will notice more mountains, landscapes, and geological landforms in the Gallery than other subjects.
In addition to this collection, I have a stored archive of many black and white images and Kodakchrome transparencies which have been taken over the years. This record is gradually being copied and arranged into various projects. You will find these in the Vintage Collections in the Gallery.
You can see an account of how the analogue archive is being digitalised by clicking here, or clicking in the Journal section in the pull-down menu.