I have this hopelessly romantic notion that ‘spirit of place’ is a metaphysical reality; that as humans we can be in a place and somehow communicate with our surroundings, allow ourselves to feel the emotion that’s wrapped up in the ‘spiritual energy’ of any given location.
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ABOUT

Making Photographs

I started making photographs almost 40 years ago, using black and white film and manual cameras. Through the eighties, influenced by some of my favourite photographers like Fay Godwin and David Bailey, I became enchanted with the alchemy of wet-process; spending thousands of hours in a self-indulgent apprenticeship, feeding an obsession to create compelling photographs.

The photographic world circa 2017 is very different of course, but I’m even more passionate now about this magical game; and despite the digital revolution, the aesthetics of photography are exactly the same as they’ve always been. Photography is like a language, it takes time to learn, but with greater fluency comes the possibility of self-expression, and the process then becomes cathartic.

The joy of creative photography comes from encapsulating the soul or spirit of the location or subject and communicating that captured perception to the viewer of the final print. For me, even in this digital-age, it’s still all about the final print.

“I have this hopelessly romantic notion that ‘spirit of place’ is a metaphysical reality; that as humans we can be in a place and somehow communicate with our surroundings, allow ourselves to feel the emotion that’s wrapped up in the ‘spiritual energy’ of any given location.”

“The ultimate alchemy in making a photograph, transcends a simple encapsulation of time and space, creating a single-sensory visual translation of a multi-sensory emotional experience.”

Over the last decade I’ve had some lucky successes in various competitions, which lead to some invitations to exhibit and eventually curating and exhibiting alongside some landscape greats in several exhibitions under the ‘Masters of Vision’ moniker. I’ve also enjoyed the incredible privilege of contributing to the judging panels on ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year’ and ‘Outdoor Photographer of the Year’ competitions.

Exhibitions

2007 APOY, The Camera Club, London
2007 Landscape Photographer of the Year, National Theatre, London
2008 ‘Landscape’, Southwell Minster Cathedral, Nottinghamshire
2008 Landscape Photographer of the Year, National Theatre, London
2008 International Garden Photographer of the Year, Kew Gardens
2009 ‘Minimal’ Patchings Art Centre, Nottinghamshire
2009 ‘Masters of Vision’, Southwell Minster Cathedral, Nottinghamshire
2009 Landscape Photographer of the Year, National Theatre, London
2010 ‘Moods’, Patchings Art Centre, Nottinghamshire
2011 ‘Picture’, Patchings Art Centre, Nottinghamshire
2011 ‘Masters of Vision’, Southwell Minster Cathedral, Nottinghamshire
2013 ‘Masters of Vision’, Southwell Minster Cathedral, Nottinghamshire
2013 X-Photographers Exhibition, Shoto Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2013 X-Photographers Exhibition, Herbis Hall, Osaka, Japan
2013 X-Photographers Exhibition, TKP Garden City, Nagoya, Japan
2014 ‘Terroir’, imagegallery, Nottinghamshire
2014 X-Photographers Gallery, Photokina, Cologne, Germany
2014 ‘Light’, imagegallery, Nottinghamshire
2015 ‘Masters of Vision’, Southwell Minster Cathedral, Nottinghamshire

Endorsements

Over the last few years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some of the best manufacturers in the business. I am currently shooting both analogue and digital imagery using some superb cameras and lenses from Canon and Fujifilm, filters from LEE and Manfrotto supports. I use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for all my digital processing and Fotospeed chemicals and media for print.