Based in Sherwood Forest, North Nottinghamshire, England, I have lived in and around the area for most of my life.
Essentially self-taught, I was always interested when my dad took photographs with his Voigtländer Bessa, which he had acquired in Hamburg, Germany in 1945. It was like a comedy sketch as he set the camera up on a pair of step ladders, set the timer mechanism and then hopped back to stand at the side of me just in time for the shutter to go. At junior school I was inspired by my teacher, Mr Bond who was a photographer and a brilliant artist, often drawing in charcoal the characters from the stories he read to us. My first photographs were taken at about the age of eight with a 127 Kodak ‘Brownie’ which I had been allowed to borrow for a weekend. Mr Bond taught us how to make pinhole cameras with cardboard roll from the fabric shop and how to develop film. He also loaned a book to me which he had brought back from an exhibition in London, the book and the pictures fascinated me and it was quite a few years later that I realised it was Tir a’Mhurain by Paul Strand. So that was the start. Fortunate to have more time now, I continue to pursue the forest and mining areas where I live along with other projects. I learn something new every day. I am inspired by the following photographers, artists and writers but the list is by no means complete:
Paul Strand, Josef Sudek, Stephen Shore, Joel Sternfeld, Robert Adams, Minor White, Imogen Cunningham, Laura Gilpin, Harry Callahan, Edward Weston, Paul Hill, Raymond Moore, John Blakemore, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Chris Killip, Alec Soth, Gerry Johansson, Michael Fattorini, Adam Dunning, Ray Metzker, Robert Frank, Walker Evans, Mr And Mrs Becher, Jan Töve, Eliot Porter, Ellsworth Kelly, Mark Rothko, Fay Godwin, George Tice, Don McCullin, Eugene Atget, Andre Kertesz, Lee Friedlander, George Logan, David Buchanan, Martin Parr, Stuart Franklin, the many, many wonderful photographers at London Independent Photography and Shutter Hub. The writings of John O’Donohue, John Berger, Geoff Dyer, Jorg Colberg, Tristan Gooley, Robert MacFarlane.
The list goes on and on, there are so many. I return so often to Strand and Sudek.