I am a Devon based photographer who enjoys landscape, portrait and macro photography.
I got interested in photography at an early age although I didn’t have my own camera, I did used to spend a lot of time looking at cameras in catalogues, my Grandad had a very nice looking SLR camera which I was fascinated by, whenever we went on holiday my Grandad used to come with us and he would always let me take a couple of photos with his camera.
Sadly my Grandad died when I was just 14 years old and his camera was handed down to me, the camera was a Zenit E which had great features like a built in light meter and a self-timer. As it turned out the camera did have some quirks, firstly the light meter was about 50% inaccurate so I had to compensate for that and secondly there was a dead insect somewhere between the mirror and the view finder, however I learnt to live with those issues and really enjoyed taking photos with that camera.
When I turned 18 and was working I bought myself an Olympus OM20 which I still have, this was a fantastic piece of kit, it had an electronic self-timer, a choice between manual and automatic mode, I bought myself a motor drive, flash and a couple of filters. Interestingly I always stuck with the kit lens and never even considered purchasing extra lenses.
Over time I started using the camera less and less, primarily because I always wanted to develop my own films and did not have the equipment or anywhere to have my own darkroom, I didn’t even think of the possibility of joining a camera club for some reason. I did continue to take photos from time to time, however this was normal usage i.e. holidays, Christmas, birthdays etc.
In 2002 I bought my first digital camera a Fuji Finepix 1400 Zoom, this camera had a built in flash, 3 x optical zoom and the most amazing thing to me ever a screen where you could see the photo you have just taken, that particular camera was 1.3 MP however I was more than happy with the image quality and loved printing the images on photo paper. My Fuji has an unfortunate meeting with some concrete and was never quite the same so then I bought myself a Samsung Digimax v3, this had slightly less shutter lag than the Fuji, a video mode and was a whopping 3.3 MP. This was a great camera and many memorable images were taken with this camera as my daughter was born shortly after I purchased this camera.
My interest in photography was rekindled and I was finding myself using the camera more and more, I was also getting frustrated by shutter lag, lack of manual options and creative control so in 2004 I purchased my first Digital SLR.
I went into my local camera shop ready to purchase a Nikon D40 however the shop assistant suggested I looked at the Canon 350D as it turned out the Canon suited me better. Since then I have been obsessed with photography if it moved it got photographed, if it didn’t move it got photographed. I have since had a 40D and now own a 7D with a variety of lenses and accessories.
In the last few years I have spent many hours reading books, magazines, participating in photography forums and last year managed to successfully complete a 366 project which is a photo every day for an entire year. I have attended courses with professional photographers and have been asked to photograph weddings and events. Every year since 2005 I have produced a calendar for friends and family as Christmas presents and have had a lot of positive feedback as well as people smiling as the wrapped present is handed over saying “Oh I know what this is!”. So I thought it was high time I started to share my work to a broader audience and if people like my images then they may buy them if they wish.
I enjoy just wondering around with my camera seeing what I can find, I am fortunate enough to live in a small village surrounded by beautiful countryside as a result when I go out with my camera I usually back with something interesting, having only wondered within a couple of miles on foot.
To me the days, months and years seem to move so fast, photography is a great opportunity to slow that process down and to freeze and capture a point in time. It is an opportunity to explore, find and observe things that I may not normally notice.
Now you know a bit more about me then please browse my website and I sincerely hope you enjoy my images.