My interest in photography started as a small boy, looking through the photo albums my father compiled during his time in the Royal Navy. His Kodak Retina IIB with separate Weston light meter seemed rather daunting, so supported by settings determined by my father, my first venture in photography was with an old box camera. Sadly a darkroom error meant my first ever photographs (from Bristol Zoo) never saw the light of day, having seen too much light in the darkroom. However, when my father sold his darkroom equipment I was given a Kodak Instamatic 133X from the proceeds and I was away. Most of my first prints are lost or faded beyond recognition but my interest in photography was rekindled with the purchase of a Pentax K1000 with a built-in light meter, in 1980.
To learn more I joined Oxford Photographic Society and like most amateurs went down the road of entering competitions and eventually National and International Exhibitions. This undoubtedly provided a very good grounding in the art and craft of photography and provided opportunities to try many styles and avenues of photography. Another influence on my photography has been my wife, Tricia. The most valued gift has been a book of photography by Shirley Baker “Places and Spaces: Urban Photography”. This book opened my eyes to something more than the stylised work often preferred in competition photography.
In pursuit of my new direction and with additional inspiration from the work of Martin Parr, Roger Mayne and Elliott Erwitt I set out to take pictures of people, streets and life. I found myself working more and more on portfolios as I realised that to communicate through photography a panel of pictures was a far more compelling and enduring approach. I have worked on themes that I have stumbled across or sought out, always hoping viewers will be able to make a connection with the image in much the same way as I did when taking it; I hope the connection is meaningful and personal to each and every one.