I have been capturing images for the last 20 years after first picking up a camera when i was 14 years old.
It was my father's 35mm film camera and it was a thing of beauty. I was instantly hooked and spent many days shooting film, getting the images developed at Boots and admiring the results. I used to be totally absorbed with the range of different films available and loved exploring the unique personalities and results that different kinds of film produced.
When i started a National Diploma in Graphic Design at college in 1998, i was able to make use of the dark room facilities that they had on site. It gave me the ability to really explore the art of photography and i learnt a huge amount in this time. Due to this, a lot of my early graphic design work had a evident photographic element to it. I spent a massive amount of time wandering around aimlessly exploring photography, the world around me and life in general and I found myself drawn to the outdoors.
My path eventually led me to complete a degree in Graphic Design and since then I have enjoyed a successful career working in the creative industries. The photography bug has never left me and i have constantly been learning and improving. It has been a consistent hobby for me since that first day and at every available opportunity i have been out with the camera.
One thing i have never really done though is share my photography work. I'm not sure why this is, i don't really have a specific reason for it, but i suppose that i have always professionally identified myself as a graphic designer and subsequently this is the work i have compiled into a portfolio. I have only ever taken photo's and edited the images out of sheer love for the art and it was enough to do it solely for personal satisfaction.
Recently however, over the last 12 or 18 months, i have started to want to share my photography work, part due to all of the brilliant communities i have found online and part due to the fact I have started to identify myself as much as a photographer as i am a designer. I always felt that i had to be 'one or the other' and as my career is a designer, i couldn't 'confuse' the situation by stating or promoting myself as a photographer. Right or wrong, this has been the situation.
Last year, i started to dip my toes into a range of online photographic communities and it grew the desire to take my photography more seriously. Even though i have been (and still am) more than happy to shoot and edit for my own enjoyment, there is something to be said about publishing and sharing my final images for like-minded people to see.
So this new website is the first step into taking photography more seriously for me. It already feels good when i am out shooting to know that 'there is a point to this' – the good images make it to my website and i can share my love for this creative endeavour with the communities that are interested.
Here's to a great 2017 and i really look forward to getting involved and further improving on what has been a life long interest.
Thanks for reading.