One of the great pleasures for me in still photography is just that – the stillness. The click of a shutter creates pause in a world of movement, giving time for my view to linger. It captures the passing moments where things briefly interact.
I veer between two fields of view: one where I get up close to something small and discover a fresh new visual world; and one where I become something small in an open landscape. My subject matter is the natural world, but what I am capturing is more personal: moments of calm, or immersion, or surprise.
I came to photography on a circuitous route, with a long gap between first using a camera and rediscovering my love for it. I have no formal qualification in photography, but my degree in Graphic Design has helped me explore many aspects of visual language. I’m thrilled that photographic technology has freed my creative muse from my truly ordinary drawing skills.
In retrospect I’m amazed it took me so many years to realise that I needed to pick up a camera again. But now the thought of life without a camera seems, well… strangely out of focus.
In 2008 I was commissioned by the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter, UK, to produce work for a touring exhibition titled “Artful Encounters”.
I’m fortunate to be based near Tiverton in the county of Devon, in the south-west of England. Here I get more than my fair share of damp grey days, but the varied landscapes and unspoiled habitats more than make up for it.