My love of photography started as a child. On family holidays I used to watch my Dad taking photographs of the views before turning the camera’s focus on us and the obligatory fun family photos. Back at home the projector and screen were bought down from the loft, and the places we had visited would be fondly revisited in the comfort of the living room.
After persistent nagging from me, my parents finally relented and bought me my own 35mm Fuji. It was an essential part of my equipment for the day whenever we went out, or on holiday. My pockets brimming with Agfa film, I was ready… and happy; safe in the knowledge that moments would not be lost to the mists of fading memory as I was creating a window to my futures’ past.
After school I found myself at Art College, the best years of my life where creativity and character were encouraged. In this new learning environment I found my vocation and life’s passion, they had a darkroom! A lecturer and mentor, Matt Finn, was an endless torrent of knowledge and support. He taught me the most valuable lesson: Black & White photographs can never masquerade as reality. Now, I no longer had to wait in line at Boots, I could do it all myself, and find my own style. From there I went to The University of Derby and learned from among many others, the very highly respected John Blakemore. (Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society).
I now like to spend my spare time exploring, my camera always in my hand and a bag lenses over my shoulder. I watch the people, see new spaces, new shapes. I return to favourite places and try to record the scene differently, even though it is the same place and the same view.
Digital photography gives me the means to shoot all day long wherever I go – without the limitations of processing costs, but I’d swap it in a heartbeat for a Leica and a limitless supply of Illford and Agfa film; a Darkroom will always be better than Lightroom. Film has a magic that digital simply can’t touch, but each allows me to capture that unique moment in time.