“It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera…
they are made with the eye, heart and head.”
I grew up in Weymouth Dorset and have fond memories of summer holidays on Weymouth beach. I spent many long walks out with my grandfather and I believe this is where my love for being out in nature first came about. I studied Catering at Weymouth College and alongside this I took a short course in photography. I used a borrowed Brownie camera and spent a little time in the dark room. I would have loved to have been able to paint but lacked the patience required, so I turned to cameras to capture the moment and the beauty I see in the landscape.
It was not until 2009, when I purchased my first digital camera, that I got really hooked. I moved to Worthing in 1994 and live about a five minute walk from the seafront and the beach has been my learning ground. In those early days I would be out everyday, sometimes twice a day and for me it was the best way to learn.
I am married with two children and work as a self employed, part time bookkeeper. I am lucky enough to be part of East Beach Artists Collective in Worthing selling my work from a small gallery on the seafront called Four at the Shore.
I have been commissioned to work for private clients, ETI Ltd (client calendar 2017) and the Woodland Trust.
I am passionate about all genres of photography but one that really captures my heart is being out in the landscape at dawn. There is just something rather special about being out when there is no one else about, magical even. I put together a slide show with video for my Open Studio in 2017, the idea being that I could give those that do not get up early a chance to be able to experience the romance and beauty of a misty morning. I have now put the video/slide show on YouTube, here is the link.
I started running landscape photography workshops for beginners in 2015.
I am a member of Parhelion
Member of steering group for Worthing Artists Open Houses
My kit: Canon 5d mark II and mark III. Canon lens 24-105mm, Canon lens 100 – 400 mk II, Sigma 105mm Macro, Benro Tripod, (spare tripods for workshops), extension tube for close up work and a reflector. Lee filter Starter Kit, a Lee Polariser, a Lee 10 stop ND and a Lee 6 stop ND. I have a Canon 50d that has been converted to infrared. Occasionally I use a Canon 100d with any of the above lenses.
I Shoot in RAW format and use Lightroom and Photoshop through Adobe Creative Cloud for editing.
Image courtesy of David Noton Photography