I have had a life long love of the countryside and photography. I was mostly educated in Bristol and studied Food Science at Reading University. I spent long and happy years taking photographs whilst bringing up my family and working on our dairy farm. Frustration at not being able to capture the world around me because of my lack of technical knowledge, gave me the urge to study photography. I was very lucky to have as my tutor Ron Frampton, his teaching was inspirational, both outside taking photographs and in the darkroom. I obtained my Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society after 5 years of work.
Since my family left farming, I have had the opportunity to take my photography up to a Professional level gaining both LMPA and LBIPP and have now been working for over 10 years, principally as a portrait photographer. I have had many adventures and seen many wonderful sights. I have had a series of very interesting commissions which I have run alongside my portrait business, I have had many photographs published and two books in collaboration with James Crowden, poet and author. The discovery of a Roman Mosaic in my home village of Lopen introduced me to the county’s archeologists and I have been lucky enough to work with them on many projects ever since.
My principle passion continues to be working in the rural community in which I live, I have spent a lot of time roaming the Blackdown Hills nearby. I built up a photographic archive for them as a new designated AONB and have since carried out a major study of the vernacular farm buildings, built in churt, which are quite unique to this area.
The world of photography continues to develop at a very fast pace, some things I like and some I don’t. Very few straight pictures appear now as there is such a wealth of tools to play with. I am enjoying taking pictures of flowers both the weeds ie wildflowers in my garden and the cultivated varieties and then using layers to make interesting images. My flower photography was first shown at SAW last year and was well received – my intention then was to take pictures of white flowers on white backgrounds – very hard but I loved trying – onwards and upwards with this.