About

A former teacher based originally in the the English Midlands but now in the North-West, most of my work is centred on travel photography and is very much "as is" - very little, apart from the semi-formal studies of people, is set up. I prefer to take my pictures as they happen, which often results in wasted frames but retains a refreshing air of spontaneity. My favourite regions are Africa, Central America and the Middle East where the dramatic backdrop and the friendly people present unending opportunities for reportage.

Over the last few years I have also recorded the continued development of the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, England, where as a former Host Photographer, I covered numerous ceremonies, dedications and events throughout the year. The NMA is also the site of the spectacular Armed Forces Memorial which remembers those of the UK Armed Forces (Regular and Reserve) killed on duty or by terrorist action since WW2.
I also lecture on cruise ships where my talks are mainly based on the geological/geographical background to the countries and regions visited. I also include, if required, a few general talks on photography to help passengers make the most of their cameras. Land based presentations have been given to groups such as WI and the U3A.

Depending on the assignment, I prefer to travel light - taking with me a Canon digital point & shoot, one DSLR body (either my ageing Nikon D700, newer D3200 or D3X), a selection of Nikon lenses and a pocketful of memory cards! A laptop, with its advantage of preview and sorting, is with me overseas and on longer trips in the UK.
A proportion of my pictures appear in sepia and b/w. The absence of colour in certain situations adds dramatic impact to the scene and makes for a more attractive picture.

Professionally, my background is in geological science and I am a Fellow of the Geological Society of London.

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