When did you take up photography, and what got you started?
I think photography is in my blood. My Gran and Dad were both in Chorlton Camera Club and I often had a camera in hand as a kid. I joined the camera club when I was 16. It was a great little club and they helped me take my first proper photographic steps. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long as I couldn’t afford photography as a poor student. Or perhaps the beer was a higher priority. I did do a restart 15 years ago when I joined LFPS and have never looked back.
What is your favourite genre to shoot, and why?
I am fairly eclectic on what I like to photograph. Having said that the photography I have had the most fun with is dance photography. It is great to collaborate with dancers to create something out of nothing. It is also difficult and expensive but by the same token very rewarding when it goes well.
Did any photographers inspire you along the way?
There was a fantastic photographer in my 1st camera club called Arthur Downes who was also a big cheese in the PAGB. I always think it makes such a difference to be able to talk to the photographer of the photographs which you admire.
Are you working on a photography project at the moment, and if so, what is it?
Ouch, that’s not a great question right now. I did have a list. I am working towards my AFIAP by entering competitions and doing OK. I also have an application in for my CPAGB November. My other photographic stream is with the Bradgate Park Trust where I lead a group of volunteer photographers. I’m keeping this going by sharing our images on Instagram.
Do you have any advice you would give to less experienced photographers?
Certainly, get out and about as much as you can with your camera. Keep it fresh, try to do something new each year and something which is challenging. Share your work and talk to other photographers as much as you can.
What are your 3 favourite images. What is it about each that makes you love it?
I like this image because it was the 1st time where it all came right. I feel the motion blur captures the essence of both the dance and the character of the dancer.
Old John in Winter
Just because I love to photograph in Bradgate Park as much as anywhere else. There are times when I go 2 or 3 times a week but I always find new photographs or interpretations. I feel so blessed to have such a great photographer’s playground on my door step.
Most years I go down to Loughborough University for the International early season event. It has good access but the light is challenging. It is so easy to come away with a bucket full of images but the gems like this one are very rare.