“A good photographer must love life more than he does photography” – Joel Strasser
And I have certainly lived and loved a full life until now – a degree in Philosophy and Psychology in a jam-packed three years of fun at Oxford University. Ten years appreciating the culture of Latin America through my own consumer goods trading business, picking up a command of Spanish and Portuguese in the process to add to my French and Italian. Then a masters degree in Human Nutrition put to use by consulting to the food industry in the UK for some years. An interlude for a family and finally I have made the time to properly dedicate to what has been a lifelong interest in photography.
Mine is always a glass half full. I appreciate the simple pleasures and when I am not taking photographs I love to spend time with my family and our beautiful golden labrador at our Somerset farmhouse, although the odd glass of whisky with good friends doesn’t go amiss either.
I endeavour to hold the principle of non-violence at the heart of all my actions. Respect and compassion for other living beings is fundamental for our own well-being as well as that of our Planet Earth.
I have an aversion to waste. I use left-overs in the kitchen whenever I can, I compost all our vegetable waste and I recycle paper at my desk, printing only when absolutely necessary.
I grow some of my own fruit and vegetables, buy organic food when I can, and always outdoor-reared meat for the non-vegetarians in my family.
These are just a few examples of how I integrate my values not only into my business but also my daily life.
I live my life based on the core principles of honesty, integrity and respect for others. My approach to photography is no different – I call it honest photography. I don’t pose shots and I rely on natural light for all my work.
I strive to produce images that inspire positive emotions, that highlight the hidden beauty of the world around us, and that facilitate sustainable practises and compassion for all living beings.
I believe it is import to share, to give back to the community and to help others. I like to support causes that I believe in and as a result I am always looking to develop relationships with appropriate charities. I give my shoot time pro bono and provide a selection of shots to the charity concerned for their website or marketing.
Selected images will shortly be available for stock photography. Email me if you wish to be contacted when this option is launched.
Some simple pleasures that make me happy:
- A pint of properly pulled Guinness
- Our wood-burning stove
- 70% dark chocolate
- Jigsaws and crosswords, but not cross words
- Writing silly poems for my boys
- Making people smile