In the beginning ...
I spent my formative years in Wokingham, England. After two unsuccessful applications to study City and Guilds Photography at College, so I qualified as a beauty therapist and moved to Bristol, whereby a series of bizarre events led me to become a trainee Fingerprint Expert. In 1989 I sold my apartment to finance a sabbatical to the Far East and Australia, (working in Melbourne Fingerprint Bureau for a while). After eighteen months overseas I returned to England and resumed my fingerprint career.
Film out - Digital in
In 1998 my family and I moved to Luanda, Angola. At the time photographing was prohibited, so I hid in the back of our SUV to photograph when my driver and bodyguard drove around the city and surrounding barrios - always trying to avoid the police. I smuggled unprocessed films out whenever we left the country for vacations. However, on one occasion a large batch of film was destroyed. As a result, I reluctantly turned to the 'dark side'... Digital.
What to do in Baku?
After a short time back in England, we relocated to the Azerbaijan capital, Baku. Photographing here was fantastic and positively encouraged. The locals, especially children, frequently asked to be photographed. I established and ran digital photography courses for ex-pats and nationals. Each course worked towards a final group exhibition.
During this time, I made the decision to apply to the Arts University Bournemouth to study photography at degree level on returning to England.
The UCAS degree application required ‘A/S Level Photography’ which I had to gain first. I began photographing soap bubbles and soap films for the ‘A/S’.
BACK TO SCHOOL
BA (Hons) Photography (First Class), Arts University Bournemouth (June 2014)
BTEC National Certificate in Art and Design Photography (Double Grade Distinction Merit), Arts University Bournemouth (June 2010)
Edexcel General Certificate of Education, Advanced Subsidiary Photography (Grade B), Bournemouth Adult Learning (June 2009)
Winner ‘Close-up Photographer of the Year 2019’ Man-made category
BIPP Professional Photography Awards 2019 (Bronze in Non-commissioned category)
BIPP South East Professional Photographer of the Year 2018
BIPP Peter Grugeon Award 2018 (Best Fellowship Panel)
BIPP South East Region Awards 2018 (Silver in the Non-commissioned category)
BIPP Fellowship November 2018 (admitted in the category of Scientific Illustrative)
BIPP Peter Grugeon Award 2018 (Best Associateship Panel)
BIPP Associateship July 2018 (admitted in the category of Scientific Illustrative)
RPS + Siemens International Images for Science 2016/17 (Finalist)
RPS + Siemens International Images for Science 2015/16 (Finalist)
Association of Photographers’ Student Awards 2011 (Finalist)
British Institute of Professional Photographers (BIPP) - Fellow
Royal Photographic Society (RPS) - Associate
Institute of Physics (IOP) - Affiliate
A life in Cameras
Kodak Instamatic 104 Halina 110 Supershooter Canon AE1 Program Canon A1 Canon 20D Sony Cybershot
Canon 1D MK III Canon G5 Kiev 88 Nikon F5 Hasselblad 500CM Leica V-LUX 40 Nikon 800E
Haynes Classic Camera
Arca B+W Elinchrom Gitzo Hedler Lee Filters Zeiss Lenses
Mac and Eizo
Adobe Photoshop Adobe Lightroom