Welcome

Firstly, hello and welcome to my new look website. It's been a long time since I updated this webspace, choosing more recently to concentrate on shooting new material, travelling, printing my own work at home, and generally getting on with life matters!

Thank you for taking the time to visit/re-visit - I hope you stumble across a few images that you like. I sell my work, available online here or directly through me directly.

 

My Prints

I offer the vast majority of my work for sale, and this can be done directly through me or here on my website. I process, print, mount and frame every order personally, and as I have a day job flying around Europe I need to find time to do this - hence why orders can take anywhere between 3 days and 2 weeks. I advertise UK delivery on the website, but in practice I can deliver anywhere. Please email me for a quote.

 

Fine Art Prints

"A Fine Art Print is a term used to describe an extremely high quality print. Fine art prints are often printed from digital files using archival quality inks and onto acid free fine art paper."

My main focus nowadays is mounted high-quality fine art prints. I do these personally at home with a professional inkjet printer. Having used (and worked in) all manner of photography printers over the years, I must say I am fully settled on the fine art print medium, and I have carefully chosen the fine art papers to suit my photography style. I use several fine art papers from Hahnemuhle, and carefully choose which paper to best suit each image.

My prints are available in three sizes, namely A4, A3 and A2. These sizes relate more to the office than the photographer, and I will stress that the actual print size will be unique to the image in question, as I custom crop every photo. Once printed, I cut my own photo mounts, hence why I can custom size every image. The finished product will therefore be in a standard size mount (namely A3, A2 or A1) and ready to frame. If you are buying a mounted print to then frame yourself, you need to buy a frame one 'A size' up from the print. (Ie: For an A3 print, buy an A2 frame, as the mount size is A2.)

If you would prefer a canvas, acrylic or aluminium print then I can happily arrange this for you. Please contact me directly.

 

My Style

I've often been asked over the years, "What kind of photographer am I?" and  "What do I photograph?"

Well the answer to the former is: Travel Photographer. Although I've toyed with most other categories, travel is what unites my photography.

And to answer the second question: Everything!

I think it's hard for a photographer to recognise and describe their own personal 'style' - but I am fully aware that I lean towards high-contrast, striking and colourful images. I don't particularly like pushing the sliders too far in Lightroom, nor am I a purist. I enjoy post-processing, and very much see photography as an evolving process. An image is never finished until it is a print. And even then, it is always open to interpretation. This is one of the reasons that I enjoy home printing so much.

However, I also believe in the power of RAW files. To be able to return to older images with more experienced eyes, and subtly re-edit them is a privilege. This is something I have done a great deal of in the production of this new website. Indeed, I have even promoted three previously discarded images into my current portfolio. I have also reacquainted myself with past images that I was excited about at the precise moment I took them, only to be disappointed upon loading them into Lightroom that I couldn't recreate the moment from the RAW file. Nevertheless, after revisiting some of these, between my own development and that of Lightroom's algorithms, I have now produced final images capturing those special moments from all those years ago. With a RAW file it is NEVER finished!

 

About Me
I fell in love with the world of photography 15+ years ago and set out on a journey of discovering the world through the lens of a camera. Cliché know, but photography is my passion, not my job - and that makes it even more enjoyable!

I am always open to potential commissions or photography contracts, so if you feel my style suits your purpose please feel free to drop me an email.

Photography is something I've loved exploring since I got my first film SLR from my Dad aged 16. One of my previous jobs was running a photography laboratory, as well as selling cameras and kit during the time of the digital revolution. More than anything, my passion lies with travel photography, with people and portrait shots every now and then as you will see when browsing through my albums. To date I have close to 50,000 in digital library images and that's not including my years shooting 35mm film and slide!

I've loved to travel since my early teens, and have been lucky enough to have undertaken several incredible trips and expeditions over the years, always accompanied by a camera. Among my favourite subjects at school was Art and Graphic Design. I qualified with an AVCE in Art and Design and spent many hours making pin-hole cameras from beer cans and developing my own black and white prints in the dark room at school.

My career passion then went another way; rather than the traditional university route, I undertook professional pilot training in Jerez, Spain. I now fly as a First Officer for a major UK airline - a job that takes me all over the world, but still allows me to pursue my passion for photography.

Photographic Equipment and Techniques
Originally a Canon man, I spent several years shooting 35mm film, both colour C41, E6 slide, black and white and cross-processing slide, with a number of Canon film SLRs.

One of my early cameras became very well-travelled until a rather unfortunate night on a bus in Bolivia. That night it miraculously disappeared as we were surrounded by a road block of drunken Bolivian miners throwing TNT Dynamite and waving machetes. The only positive was that I never carry my film with the camera, so only a few shots were actually lost…the famous lost shots.

My film years were soon to be replaced by my first DSLR, the mighty Canon EOS 300D - a serious workhorse camera that has produced a huge number of shots for me, many of which are still in the galleries today.

I then went on to many happy years shooting with my Nikon D700, D300 and D200, accompanied with Nikon 17-35mm f2.8 landscape lens, Nikon 24-120mm f4 VR and Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 and my favourite prime, the Nikon 50mm f1.8. Also in the bag at the time were a few tripods/monopods, Nikon SB-600 Speed light, Nissin Flash Unit, Lee soft grad filters, circular polarisers, wireless triggers, macro extension tubes, MD100 Grip and topped off with the mighty Macbook Pro for image processing.

In 2015 I sold all of my Nikon gear and invested in the Sony A7R2. I am now using this incredible camera with Zeiss 24-70mm f4, Zeiss 35mm prime f2.8, Sony G 70-300mm, Sigma 150-600mm f5.6 for wildlife, and a few classic Nikon manual lenses on the Metabones adapter for fun.


I shoot exclusively in RAW on the Sony and use Adobe Lightroom CC for my workflow. My editing nowadays is only really RAW processing and ‘tweaking’ exposures and contrasts using the iPad Pro in the field for initial edits and selection, and then using the Adobe CC to sync to my Macbook Pro at home for print workflow on my Canon Pro-1000 A2 Fine Art Printer.

Nowadays I very rarely use Photoshop now, unless for larger work jobs, batch processing and the (very) occasional HDR or panoramic photo merge.

I still experiment with film and slide to C41 cross processing using my Granddad’s Mamiya NC-1000s manual SLR, and the beautiful classic Olympus OM10 (my Dad got me hooked 15 years ago). I've got to be honest, it's still so much more enjoyable than the digital!