I was born and raised in Manchester, England. I now live in North Wales, mostly retired, enjoying coastal living.
During my career that stretched over forty-five years, I gained experience in just about every aspect and level of the creative industry. I have had the benefit of working alongside and learning from extremely talented individuals; from my early mentors to gifted collaborators on design and photography projects.
In March 2013, the Royal Photographic Society awarded me an ARPS distinction; awarded for images of creative and technical competence, it is to date my proudest career achievement. In 2017 I was given the status of 'Feature Artist' by Corel Painter® in recognition of the work that I produce in this amazing digital paint software.
My early work was centred around the creation of graphic design for brochures, catalogues and in-store retail promotions. I gained valuable experience in marketing, print production, design and photography. Through my own company I worked on projects for retailers, property developers, manufacturers, recruiters, galleries and business-to-business services. Although I had previously held senior management positions, running my own business gave me the opportunity to be hands-on in creative work for my clients. This gave me an invaluable experience in a wide range of software, techniques and put me behind a camera lens with increasing regularity.
Inevitably, I've witnessed many changes in technology throughout the years and I adapted workflow and practices to keep apace with change. I was first introduced to the world of desktop publishing in 1989. The company that I worked for was about to embark on a new digital workflow and Apple Mac computers were to be at its heart. Overnight I found myself immersed in the digital revolution that was to forever change the way publications were created and it determined my career path.
I began to experiment with photo art for fun and a way to better my digital skills. Those early days were spent learning and experimenting in software packages such as QuarkXPress, Adobe Photoshop and a revolutionary product called Painter by Fractal Design (which later became Corel Painter). Although initially limited by processor speed and storage media (who remembers floppy disks?) there were no bounds to the inspiration and imagination that was ignited by new digital possibilities. I began to realise that I had entered a world that promised to combine my photographic and artistic interests in a way that I had never thought possible.
Fast forward to the present and there is an overwhelming amount of creative possibilities in today's digital space. In particular, there has never been a more exciting, inspiring and empowering period in photography. Now retired from the day-to-day pressures of business commerce, I can invest my time to explore new techniques and engagement.
The camera in your pocket has rapidly come of age. Smartphones have evolved into serious image capture devices and the opportunities for creative postproduction through inexpensive apps is constantly increasing.
Most people carry a mobile device with them at all times and the iPhone is possibly the most used camera in the world. Mobile photography has re-shaped how we create, share and employ photography. For me, the iPhone has changed the way I approach creative photography. It has been extremely liberating to leave bulky DSLR equipment to one side and embrace the world of iPhoneography.
Combined with the portability of a digital darkroom that can now sit on my device, I can create, test, edit and share from within the very scene that I am portraying - at any time.
I am an independent photographer and I have not been authorised, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Apple Inc.
PIXEL PAINTED ART
I have taken photos most of my life and I have created digital art for over twenty-five years. The endless digital photo art features made possible with the latest software advancements provide me with unique opportunities to combine my art with photographic sources. This ability to further express myself beyond the capture of a photo is becoming more apparent in a large amount of my work.
I endeavour to inspire others to take the next steps on their image-making journey and through lectures, demonstrations and workshops . I try to accommodate as many events as possible into my calendar.
If you would like to know more about my talks and demonstrations then please contact me to obtain further details.