BiographyA professional photographer with over 30 years experience, I’ve enjoyed a diverse range of commercial, publishing and art commissions and been published and exhibited internationally. My core practice currently focuses on Light Painting Photography (Portraits, nude/figurative, still life) although I’m still active in landscape, documentary, and conceptual - I’ve explored every area of the medium and enjoyed a wide range of teaching, mentoring, and writing in support of my practice which in recent years has shifted gradually towards becoming an art-based business – although I still undertake commercial commissions every now and then. I’m currently a guest lecturer with Norwich University of the Arts and undertake outreach work in Norfolk and Suffolk Schools.
I’m as happy with film grain and b&w darkroom as I am with pixels, and I enjoy working with both film and digital images.
During time spent freelancing in photography in my earlier career, I travelled extensively shooting images for stock libraries, the BBC, worked as an expedition photographer in Tanzania, a cruise ship photographer in Miami, and started selling limited edition prints to institutions and private collectors in the USA, where the first edition of my second book Design Principles, is widely used across a range of universities and colleges on “Required Reading” lists.
Closer to home, I’m passionate about education and working with the next generation of photographers; whether art-based or commercial, and I’m committed to grass roots photography education. I’ve always found that students learn the most about photography through a back-to-basics approach, learning about light, exposure control, and creating work that is personal, creative, and driven by 3 key factors that underpin my own philosophy on photographic image-making – Clarity, Directness, and Economy. Just about the most fun you can ever have (& the most you can learn) with photography, is showing a class of 11-yr-olds that they can make a fully-functioning pinhole camera from a simple shoebox.
My documentary landscape work from the Norfolk Coast is represented by the Millennium Agency in London, and also featured in an exhibition and book ~Spindrift. More recently I’ve produced large-scale work for a range of public art projects and collaborative commissions for regional clients in my native Norfolk and Suffolk. I continue to run workshops based on my first book Creative Vision, published over 10 years ago.
November 2018 saw my work on show in a solo retrospective exhibition at The Cut in Halesworth, and in Feb 2020, the publication of the much-anticipated 2nd edition of my book, Design Principles, alongside an exhibition of Light Painting Photography at the Anteros Gallery in Norwich.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Open water swimming
Life modelling and life drawing