I developed and printed my first roll of Ilford FP4 black and white film at the age of 10 when I inherited my grandfather’s camera gear and darkroom equipment. As a young boy, I witnessed the magic of images appearing in the tray of developer in a cupboard under the stairs and wanted to have a go myself. The first results were mixed but good enough to kick start a lifetime interest in photography.
Growing up in industrial Lancashire, I spent weekends and holidays exploring the rolling landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales and the mountains of the Lake District and Snowdonia. Climbing with friends provided an introduction to more remote and rugged terrain – in the Scottish Highlands, the Alps and ultimately the Himalayas.
a geographer with an infectious enthusiasm for the human and physical aspects of the subject
I describe myself as a geographer and have an enthusiasm for the human and physical aspects of the subject. This has driven my passion for photographing people and places and for sharing my images, knowledge and expertise with all those around me.
My interests in urban landscapes, the built environment and architecture stem from my time as a student at Newcastle University where I graduated with a degree in Town and Country Planning. This period also kindled a professional interest in information systems and technology which now underpins my approach to digital photography – including the processing, sharing and organisation of a substantial body of work covering several decades.
I ran a successful IT consulting business for over 15 years before friends and colleagues encouraged me to do what I most enjoy and help other people get more out of their own photography. I set up City & Wild Photography to offer workshops and personal tuition to anyone who wants to improve their skills and enjoy the experience of capturing better images. I provide a range of courses designed to meet the needs of beginners as well as experts looking to master specific techniques.
I became a Licentiate of The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain in 2017.
I now live in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, on the edge of the Cotswolds. I am married to Ann and have two grown-up daughters who have inherited an eye for composition and an innate ability to capture the moment.
- To get out more often and ensure that I spend more time on location and less time post-processing images in the digital darkroom.
- To take notice and focus on subjects and locations closer to home before travelling further afield to more distant (and often more popular) destinations.
- To slow down and take time to plan and pre-visualise the images that I want to make, and the sentiments I want to communicate, before clicking the shutter.
- To make images for myself that reflect my own style and personality.
- To inspire and help others improve their photographic skills at both a creative and technical level.