I have been a professional landscape photographer since 2002. It was a somewhat convoluted route that brought me to where I am today. As a clueless 17 year old, trying to decide what to do with my life, there were only two things clear to me: I wasn’t that interested in becoming rich and I wanted to be able to work outdoors.
I thought a degree in Zoology might suit me, so I went to Nottingham University to do just that. It’s a fascinating subject and I loved the fieldwork, but there was one module that stood out for me. That was the module on Biological Photography.
In 2001, a year after graduating from my Zoology degree, I was heading back to Nottingham University to take my place on the newly launched MSc course in Biological Imaging. This was a very intensive year during which I learned all sorts of things including web design, film making, business planning and digital photography techniques. I was in my element and didn’t want to stop so once I graduated from this course, I immediately plunged into the unpredictable world of freelance nature photography.
My wife and I were married in 2005 and decided to start married life by moving to New Zealand, right in the middle of the most exciting Ashes series in modern times! It was while I was here that I came to appreciate the value of true wilderness, something I had not experienced before, and as a result I began to focus on photographing the landscape. In a world under pressure from a growing human population, it is difficult to argue the case for wilderness preservation, especially when on the other side of the debate are issues such as employment and energy generation. That is why I have huge respect for photographers such as Ansel Adams and Peter Dombrovskis, who managed to win this argument, simply by capturing the beauty of wild places in their photographs.
I now live back in the UK with my wife Beth and our children George and Monty. When I'm not out taking photographs, you'll no doubt find me down on the allotment or in the kitchen cooking up something exciting with the produce. That is of course unless it’s a sunny summer’s evening, in which case I’ll probably be playing for my cricket team, Henleaze Old Boys, chasing that elusive half century!