Roger developed and printed his first roll of Ilford FP4 black and white film at the age of 10 when he inherited his grandfather’s camera gear and darkroom equipment. As a young boy, he witnessed the magic of images appearing in the tray of developer in a cupboard under the stairs and wanted to have a go himself. The first results were mixed but good enough to kick start a lifetime interest in photography.
Growing up in industrial Lancashire, he 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
Roger describes himself as a geographer. He has an infectious enthusiasm for the human and physical aspects of the subject. This has driven his passion for photographing people and places and for sharing his images, knowledge and expertise with all those around him.
His interests in urban landscapes, the built environment and architecture stem from his time as a student at Newcastle University where he graduated with a degree in Town and Country Planning. This period also kindled a professional interest in information systems and technology which now underpins his approach to digital photography – including the processing, sharing and organisation of a substantial body of work covering several decades.
Roger ran a successful IT consulting practice for over 15 years before friends and colleagues encouraged him to do what he most enjoyed and help other people get more out of their own photography. He 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. He provides a range of courses designed to meet the needs of beginners as well as experts looking to master specific techniques.
He became a Licentiate of The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain in 2017.
Roger now lives in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, on the edge of the Cotswolds. He is married to Ann and has two grown-up daughters who have inherited an eye for composition and an innate ability to capture the moment.