One of my first assignments, and most interesting was when i was asked to photograph / document the events going on outside the G20 Summit in London  in 2009 by a journalist who was inside recording the events there. It was when Ian Tomlinson was assaulted by police and later died. It was also the first time kettling was used at a mass gathering.  What went on outside left me feeling very uncomfortable on all sorts of levels including the dynamics between the press and other photographers and the protesters. At every occasion a policeman went close to a protester all you could see was a mass of cameras being held aloft in the hope of a violent confrontation.  This box was marched into the Bank area in the form of a coffin by one of the three horses of the apocalypse processions that marched that day. It was discarded during the kettling. I placed it in front of this police cordon for this shot. Not something a journalist would do but several laughed when they saw what i was doing a lined up behind me to take their own version of the shot. I have to admit to having a wry grin at the time in that only in England would a police force in these circumstances allow me to do this. I am confident that in many other countries I would have been dragged through that line and been "spoken to" rather sternly...   

One of my first assignments, and most interesting was when i was asked to photograph / document the events going on outside the G20 Summit in London  in 2009 by a journalist who was inside recording the events there. It was when Ian Tomlinson was assaulted by police and later died. It was also the first time kettling was used at a mass gathering.

What went on outside left me feeling very uncomfortable on all sorts of levels including the dynamics between the press and other photographers and the protesters. At every occasion a policeman went close to a protester all you could see was a mass of cameras being held aloft in the hope of a violent confrontation.

This box was marched into the Bank area in the form of a coffin by one of the three horses of the apocalypse processions that marched that day. It was discarded during the kettling. I placed it in front of this police cordon for this shot. Not something a journalist would do but several laughed when they saw what i was doing a lined up behind me to take their own version of the shot. I have to admit to having a wry grin at the time in that only in England would a police force in these circumstances allow me to do this. I am confident that in many other countries I would have been dragged through that line and been "spoken to" rather sternly...

 

My interpretation of Magritte's the Son of Man - Self Portrait. Shot in 2011 when i was suffering with depression. This was an expression at the time of how i felt about my role as a manager. Finding my camera again was what dragged me out of that dark place and i haven't stopped shooting since.

My interpretation of Magritte's the Son of Man - Self Portrait. Shot in 2011 when i was suffering with depression. This was an expression at the time of how i felt about my role as a manager. Finding my camera again was what dragged me out of that dark place and i haven't stopped shooting since.

January 2018

My first entry for my new site.

I started shooting at 14 when i won my first camera in a cooking competition, seriously :) No idea what model it was but you looked down through bellows into a square view finder...

When i got married in 1993 i picked up a second hand 35mm Canon film camera and was gifted a wonderful selection of lenses including a 300mm prime. I remember wandering around with a notebook recording all my settings so i could work out how i achieved my successes and understand my failures when the rolls of film came back developed. 

There are some shots from a Safari in Kenya and Yosemite National park shot with that camera from way back in the 90's.

When my daughter was born i stopped anything but the standard family shots until i was in my early 40's when i picked up a Nikon D200 and started collecting glass (lenses)

In 2012 I picked up a Nikon D800 and started moving to professional lenses taking four years until I finally collected the trinity of professional landscape lenses.

I went to a local college taking evening classes and fairly quickly started getting work shooting shopping centers and Hotel interiors. I also was asked by my local Starbucks to display some of my landscapes and sold my images from there.

I decided to stop monatizing my photography as the business element was removing the "fun" and relaxation from my hobby so i shut my website down but never stopped shooting.

Several trips to Iceland between 2014 and 2017 left me in love with the northerly locations of our wonderful planet.

I am now looking at wildlife photography and have just invested in a Nikon D850 and am looking at a prime long lens (over 300mm) so i can start shooting some of the amazing wildlife i see whilst waiting for the light on my landscape shoots.

I am certainly looking now at locations where i can shoot wildlife and amazing landscapes for the coming years.