Hello, and welcome to my photographic site where you are free to browse and view all of my work.
I hope you enjoy browsing round. Much of it is aircraft related but that`s because I work around aircraft most of the time. There are plenty of other categories though.
How and why did I get interested in photography? Long story but to give you the edited version I was a musician (still am technically). I used to play and teach guitar, a skill that took years of hard work to become proficient at. Sometime in around 2003 I noticed I had lost the dexterity in my all important left hand. Thought I was imagining it at first. The first hand specialist I saw didn`t have a clue. The second was a more sought out consultant, a Mucisians` hand specialist in London. He broke it to me that I had a rare and task specific condition called Focal Dystonia, a condition that makes the fine motor control of small muscle groups frustratingly awry. It`s not physical, it`s neurological. That doesn`t mean I`m imagining it, it means it`s a problem from the brain signals to my fingers. It comes about from lots of use of the affected area and doesn`t affect anywhere else. And it only affects the task that brought it about in the first place. The fact is I can still play the guitar pretty well, but at the time I was heartbroken and needed something else.
So I started dabbling with photography. It was something creative and I looked into it. Bought a little bit of basic gear and learned the ropes. Initially it was all about money and I had this idea I was simply going to be a sports photographer. Narrow minded though this seems, I actually had a good few sport photos published in the local press within a year or so. But I wasn`t going to get away with that for long so I started looking into branching out.
I realised I had a pretty good eye for it and spent a lot of time learning from the internet and from other photographers` work. I also used to sit for hours learning about Photoshop on YouTube. So much so I would sit with an A4 pad as if at school and write the procedures down. Around that time I had developed a good deal of interest in the whole thing aswell.
The next thing I needed to do was build up the equipment I needed. This doesn`t happen fast, it costs a fortune. One photographer friend used to say to me "If you can`t afford the best gear, save up until you can!" And that was good advice.
The aircraft photography came about with working for Thomas Cook at the Manchester Hangar. Around 4 years ago I asked for permission to take photos on site there, which was granted. That allowed me to build up a good portfolio of work. This then led to undertaking work for the company and this has become frequent and varying.
I`m now proficient with many genres and types of photography, and hopefully that will show through in some of the work on this site.