My dad was a fine artist, folk guitarist and back in the 60s a session drummer at the Troubadour in Earls Court, London. He used to tell me he shared digs with the guy who banged the gong at the beginning of J Arthur Rank films.
When I was small I wanted to be a fighter pilot but my maths teacher told me to forget that idea. My dream was then to become a mountaineer and every winter I would travel to the wilds of Scotland to pit my wits against the elements. I even travelled to the French Alps for a solo attempt on Mont Blanc but I only got to 12500ft where I got very sunburnt and had to turn back.
My Grandfather raced Norton motorcycles in the 1930s, smoked a pipe and owned an engineering firm in Sheffield with his brothers. This is where I spent a lot of my school holidays playing with dangerous machinery and building a lawnmower powered bicycle.
I have been a professional photographer since before the dawn of digital, when polaroid was king. I've worked on some major productions and plenty of small ones too. Its taken me to many places, from the industrial north of England to the deserts of North America and from a laboratory in Denmark to a Hospital in Ghana, capturing the extraordinary and making something other than ordinary. I've photographed for some big names including Barclays, Morrisons, Dennis Eagle, RBS, AstraZeneca, Coca-Cola and GSK to mention just a few.
So thats me, professional photographer, closet guitarist, qualified engineer, lover of old motorcycles and climber of mountains.
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