I am a professional photographer based in Wolverhampton, West Midlands. Originally from Lichfield, Staffordshire, I have had an interest in photography from a young age. I have very fond memories of Saturday nights as a child, sitting in the darkened living room being allowed to stay up late, viewing slides of days out and family holidays, many of which were in Scotland, taken by my Dad, Graham. If we were ‘lucky’, sometimes he’d get some of my Grandad’s slides out too!
If I cast my mind back now, I can still vividly recall the clarity, the colours and vibrance of all the images and this was what inspired me to gain an interest in photography. Even with modern cameras these days, I still don’t think you can beat a good old slide show!
My Father has been a great influence on me in many ways including sharing his love of Formula One, airshows, airband radio and photography. Although I had a compact camera for many years, it wasn’t until 1998 when my parents bought me my first SLR that I took a real interest in photography. Since then I have owned a number of film and DLSR cameras. I am completely self-taught and while I have also been influenced by a number of great photographers over the years, I like to maintain my own unique style.
My photographic interests include aviation (both airshows and low-level flying), dogs, agility, motorsport, landscapes, wedding and events, nature and HDR photography. In the last few years I’ve provided images to teams and numerous media outlets in the field of motorsport. I am always on the lookout for a different take on an image as I find I can never be content for long. I find pleasure in photographing the most mundane of objects and making them interesting!
Away from photography, I am a staff member for UK Airshow Review, producing articles based around air shows and aviation. Other interests include various forms of motorsport itself – including Formula One, Touring Cars, saloon racing and rallying – walking, cycling and looking after a menagerie of animals! I am a fan of old comedies and people often joke that I was born in the wrong era seeing as my comedy heroes are people like Tony Hancock, Morecambe and Wise and The Two Ronnies. My other great passion aside from photography is music. I have a very eclectic collection including many rare LPs and CDs and I have an interest in pretty much every genre of music – I am a very valuable asset at a pub music quiz! My dream, along with my wife Laura, is to own a house in the country without the stress of work . . . . but until I win the National Lottery’s “Set for life”, we can but dream!
When I am not out taking photographs, I work in communications and graphic design. Until May 2016, I was working part-time as a manager at The Lichfield Garrick Theatre. It was a great job, getting right behind the scenes and working with some great names albeit mostly from years gone by! Through my work in the broadcast industry, I’ve also worked at some great events with some unforgettable people too!
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