I’m a lover of photography, art, writing and motorcycles, with a passion for adventure and an ambassador for disability and human rights. Growing up in a small village I was destined to embrace nature, and it has been a great love and inspiration to me ever since my childhood.
I consider myself very fortunate to have a mind that is able to see the world differently to others. That’s not to say that I am special or unique, but that I visualise what I see in a creative way. As a child, I would often be lost in a world of fantasy and adventure and it was I believe this over-active imagination that gave rise to my artistic talents.
In my childhood years, art was my all-encompassing passion. I drew at home, at school, whilst sitting on hay bales in the summer sun, but mostly from my mind and not necessarily from what I saw in front of me. But that didn’t include the four elements that even today are still my favourites, those being clouds, water, trees and buildings. Those elements were always woven into my art, just as they are to this day.
Then as a teenager, my father introduced me to photography and a whole new world opened up before me. I started to see the real world for all its beauty and splendour, and instead of creating worlds in my head I was now able to create images directly from what was around me. As we all know, art is subjective and generally “in the eye of the beholder”. What I see as art may not be the same for anyone else, but I sincerely hope that if I was to make just one connection with someone who views my art the way I do, I will be a very happy man.
Now, of course, the advent of such fantastic computer software enables me to travel back in a full circle to my youth. Once again I can create photographic art from my imagination by taking images and creatively adjusting them, not just as what is called composites, but to dodge and burn, colour cast and more with such ease. The digital world truly brings about the ease of manipulation without the chemical darkroom, something we older guys had to do to get our images processed as we wanted them. I still admire those who have continued using such techniques, as it really does take a considerable amount of hard work, knowledge and experience.
As for my own style of photography, you will notice that I have a set of categories that I work to and my portfolio of works on this website follows those categories as well. Over many years I have followed the rules of others as to what should be a landscape, lifestyle or documentary type of image. But I have recently decided that my style is what defines me not just as a photographer, but as a person. I bring my own baggage to the party so to speak, so that is why I have my categories:
Man – Man and his surroundings, such as structures and buildings, people, relationships, man-made items etc. This topic certainly covers many aspects as I have discovered, but I feel it will encompass quite a variety of images from many genres of photography.
Water – A subject that is very much close to my heart. I love water, boats, ships, the sea, tides and the ebb and flow. From my days as a Coxswain of a lifeboat, inland waterways sailor, jet-skier and explorer of the waterways of Norfolk. The power of the sea and the mighty roar of waterfalls, all have a hold on my heart.
Land – A collection of images based around the subject of land, including elements such as trees, animals and flora and is generally known traditionally as landscapes. I also place people who work the land in this category as well, as I feel they who work it are indeed part of the bigger landscape.
Above – Featuring images of clouds, sky, aeroplanes, hang-gliders, parachutists and astrophotography. A broad ranging mixed bag of loosely defined imagery from looking up instead of down.
Mixed Art – This is a personal category that includes my artworks created by pen, ink, pencil, brush etc. Some are a mixture of traditional mediums as well as digital. Not just composites, but what I define as a mixture of both, hence mixed art.
So I leave it up to you to judge my work and I sincerely hope that you will enjoy my art as I see it, not as perhaps the rest of the world might. If any of my work affects you in any way, please do make a comment or email me with how it made you feel. I look forward to all types of criticisms, regardless of being positive or negative, after all, that’s how we learn!