I first started taking pictures while quite young. A good deal of water has gone under the rocks since then, but photography is still one of my great passions.
In the early days I would take pictures of anything that stayed still long enough, and a few things that didn’t. I suppose I was determined to learn all I could in the glow of my new enthusiasm.
To learn more I read books, I went to clubs, night school, college, and I even worked as a photographer for a while. I learnt one thing more than any other during all this time.
The most important thing about making good images is simply to be in the right place at the right time, point the camera in the right direction and get the picture
Everything else is just technique.
When I began taking pictures, technique was considered all important. You weren’t considered a “real photographer” unless you took full control of your pictures in the darkroom and your blood was 50% Hypo.
I learned my craft, loved to push the boundaries of what the medium could do and I gained a reasonable reputation as a monochrome printer.
In the last few years photography has undergone a revolution. The days of film and chemistry are now quite possibly numbered. I must confess to a slight sadness, they were interesting times but such is life, we move on.
The photographic heir apparent seems to be digital and electronic.
Pictures can now be produced from digital cameras that certainly rival 35mm and some medium format film. Prints can be produced that match or even outlast traditional darkroom prints.
Most interestingly, modern digital cameras have revolutionised the way people take and use pictures. The worlds biggest manufacturer of cameras is now a mobile phone maker believe it or not.
More pictures are taken now than at any other time in the history of photography and most are taken digitally. They can be corrected, manipulated and printed on our home computers and sent anywhere in the World in the blink of an eye.
But all of this is still just about technique.
I like to immerse myself in the landscape when I’m working. Some of my best work has come from times when I have been low impact camping in the wilderness and such trips and expeditions are another of my passions.
These days I shoot digitally but I still use film occasionally if it is better for the job.
I still have a darkroom but most of my output is now produced with a computer.
For me the most important part of any of my pictures is still that fraction of a second where time, place, vision and technology come together to make a truly unique image.
I’ve moved around a bit over the years but now I run a small Living History Education business and live with my partner Debbie near Saddleworth Moor in northern England.