My exposure to photography began at an early age, my first ‘real’ camera was a Russian Cosmic Symbol , a simple 35mm camera that quickly had me hooked. Born in Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, my father was a photographer and film maker so shooting stills and moving images became part of growing up. As an art student studying Photography and Film many summers were spent shooting for my fathers company for a range of commercial clients from Hawker Siddley to Brush Electric.
Art School turned my head and there was then a split from photography as I pursued a Degree course in Animation before heading for a career as a Film Editor
I worked for 10 years as an Editor at the BBC but for the last 12 years I have been freelance and have edited documentaries for all the major TV Channels. Highlights include the Emmy Award winning first series of "Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares" for Channel 4 and the BAFTA winning second series, as well as comedies such as BBC 2's "Three Men in a Boat". It is for Observational Documentary I have become best known - from BBC 1's "Airport" to the award winning BBC Current Affairs series "The Toughest Place to Be.." Last years highlights include "A Little Bit OCD with Jon Richardson" for C4 and travelogue 'Australia with Simon Reeve' for the BBC
Film Editing is something I am passionate about and is still my main profession but photography never entirely left me and around 7 years ago I experienced a bit of a photographic resurgence. I shoot entirely on film, as it gives me the look that I want but also I much prefer the experience and craft of film photography. I process my own negatives but use a digital darkroom for final adjustments of tone and ease of printing. Prints are made using Pigment inks onto Photo Rag paper
I am now based in Berkhamsted and my work reflects this, some of it is very personal and I make no apologies for that. My work often features compositions with strong diagonals and leading lines. Doorways and portals framing the image creating a distance from the subject are also a prominent feature. I work mostly in black and white and hope to convey something of the mood of the moment. Most of it is on going, an unfinished symphony if you like.
Hopefully you will find it tuneful...
If you would like to see some of my film editing work have a look at Toughest Place to Be a Bus Driver
a BBC programme now on Youtube