Despite the jokes growing up in Norfolk was quite a pleasant experience but I did have the advantages of not being born in the county and leaving as soon as I thought I had achieved adulthood to study photography at the West Surrey College of Art and Design. I have worked in the photographic industry for nearly 40 years beginning my career as holiday camp photographer and then returning to Norwich to work a hand colour printer in the days when making prints involved darkrooms and smelly, noxious, chemicals. Eventually I was allowed out into the light and trained in wedding and portrait photography even though a lot of my first clients were dogs (I don’t mean ugly – although some were – I mean four legged pets with a tendency to bark and pee up the background). Having served my apprenticeship I ran several portrait and commercial studios.
For the last 20 years I have worked as a freelance photographer and my work has been seen on over a hundred book covers, in numerous magazines and continues to sell as stock photography via Alamy
and Arcangel. I have also been runner up in the Sunday Telegraph
Photographer of the Year competition, winner of the Photography
magazine cover girl competition (that’s my photograph – not me personally) and has been featured in many photo anthologies.
When not shooting stock pictures I love street photography and taking photographs of anything that flys (mechanically).
I am a qualified adult education tutor and industry trainer and teach photography and English as a foreign language. If you are new to digital photography there are some free PDFs to download that offer advice on composition and exposure (more to follow).
With the back up of the Open University I am now starting a second (or possibly third or fourth) career as a writer and was a runner up in the Let’s Talk short story competition (2015).with The Mail Run. This site also features quite a lot of my poetry – sometimes illustrated by photographs.
I hope you would like to look around – this is the best place to start or follow the links to photography, poetry or fiction. The site is a work in progress so there is more to follow soon.