I was born on the Isle of Wight and acquired at an early age a love of all things old.
In 1967 I became a Cartographic Surveyor with the Ordnance Survey and remained with them for 33 years, working mainly on updating large scale mapping in rural and urban areas using aerial photography and later by direct digital capture methods. I was fascinated by the way maps, sometimes originally surveyed in the latter part of the 19th Century had changed very little. When voluntary early retirement became a possibility in 2000 it gave me a chance to reflect on what I really wanted out of life. More time perhaps to spend on my love of photography, railways and our narrowboat.
The roots of my work lie in my love of railways, canals and industrial archaeology. In my work I attempt to make apparently ordinary objects, artefacts and fragments less ordinary, offering the viewer the chance to look anew at the familiar.
You will see that my images show very often just small portions of articles as opposed to the big picture. I go in close.
I love to use natural daylight in the early or later parts of the day and very rarely use flash.
In the past I have used my trusty Nikon EM SLR with 35mm slide and print formats using normally Fuji film (and I still have 5 rolls in the fridge!) with either a 28mm wide angle, 50mm standard or a 75-210mm zoom lens.
I am currently using a Nikon D80 Digital Camera with an 18 – 105mm lens or a Nikon D7000 with a Tamron 70 - 300 lens.
Whilst I do use Adobe Photoshop it is only to crop or clone out minor highlights as I prefer to try and capture my final image within the camera.
I have a Canon Pixma Pro 9000 Mark 2 A3 printer.
I have been a past vice chair of Royston Photographic Society and am official photographer of the Royston Arts Festival.