I am Yorkshire-born, now living in Suffolk.
I was largely a self-taught point-and-shooter til I got a DSLR 2011 and then took a little tuition (being very confused by it all).
I found my ‘go-to’ genre was ‘street’ photography, however you interpret ‘street’. It wasn’t a conscious decision; I wanted instant, spontaneity, the ‘moment’; depicting the beautiful and not-so-beautiful of everyday life.
I soon found though that my kit spent more time in my bag than I was comfortable with – it’s hard to be a discreet street shooter with a chunky DSLR and lens. I traded in the whole kit and turned mirrorless in 2015 – half the bulk, half the weight.
I still shoot street (people/things/buildings) and quirky, but also some portrait, architecture and ‘casual’ wedding. Many of my images end up converted to black & white/monochrome.
I am currently working with ArtUK on a Lottery-funded nationwide project taking images of all public open air sculptures. My ‘patch’ for the project is Suffolk, 1500 sq miles.
My day-job is working with persons in recovery from addiction(s) and I am developing a workshop for ‘Mindful Photography’ for these folk to assist recovery whilst temporarily housed (being otherwise homeless).
I have recently produced a short e-book on Juxtaposition Photography – for beginners or those wishing to just explore the concept. It’s written conversationally which can be easily dealt with in one go, and also used as a quick reference. I run a Facebook group linked to this topic.
One of my images was selected for the Shutterhub Open exhibition, London 2018
Current Kit: Olympus Pen-F and OMD-em10 and a handful of lenses. Go to lenses are Olympus 9-18mm, 45mm and Panasonic 20mm.
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