This section will provide an overview of my interests in, and explorations of, imaging. I’ll be adding to it periodically with a view to proving a sample of work, including some of my favourite images.
My earliest camera was a simple plastic one. I took the black and white films to be processed by a friend’s father. Later, at Chester College (1965-68) I joined the photographic society and learned to process the films myself. I took photos at college events, sold the pictures and used the income to buy my first single lens reflex (SLR). Later, in Bermuda I graduated to a pair of Pentax Spotmatic cameras and eventually a motor driven Hassleblad. With these I was able to accumulate a number of images of Bermuda wildlife, especially birds. This growing collection resulted in my first book, Birds in Bermuda (1975).
Back in the UK full time study and a young family prevented me from doing much more than taking the usual family pictures. The exception was provided by various antiquities accessible around Northern England and the Lake District – mainly carved crosses, early church decoration, stone circles and the like.
Like everyone else I took travel pictures wherever I went but, frankly, I’ve always found tourist images banal. Then, for my 60th birthday, my eldest son, Rohan, presented me with one of my biggest surprises ever – a Nikon D50. Suddenly a door opened into a new world of digital imaging. Along with the requisite software and a Mac computer I was not only able to return to my earlier preoccupation with wildlife, I was also able to digitise rare prints, negatives and slides and distribute copies to other family members. Furthermore, and like many others, I began to explore some of the features of Photoshop Elements and, among other things, to craft composite images from many different sources.
During 2008 and beyond I’ll be steadily adding new images here so if you’re interested in subjects that include wildlife, antiquities, street art and surrealism, you may want to bookmark the site and check back from time to time.