"PICTURES CAN TELL A STORY, CREATE UNDERSTANDING, LIFT A HEART AND ENGAGE OUR EMOTIONS"
For 30-odd years I worked in Marketing Communications, Branding and Public Relations using images and words to communicate a message, a brand, a story or an emotion.
In the early days I did a lot of commercial photography, from PR work in the music industry to Product and Advertising with a mix of 35mm, 6x6 and 5x4. Then bit by bit I found I didn't have the time for actual photography.
Instead I did a lot of graphic design, designed exhibition stands, wrote advertising copy, crafted marketing messages, managed advertising and direct mail campaigns, commissioned & directed photo shoots, helped launch brands, created management presentations, edited internal magazines, managed website design & content, scripted, produced and directed live B2B customer communications events, designed stage sets and lighting plots, produced a fair number of corporate videos and ran a few marketing projects that were so 'off-the-wall' that even the clients thought they were a bit scary.
And I had the pleasure of working with a great bunch of people.
Then I retired. And I felt that I really needed a hobby.
Images had always been central in my working life so in mid-2014 I decided to become a photographer again, but with the luxury of now just being able to take photographs just for myself.
However at the beginning of 2015 I became quite poorly and I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer which was going to need some pretty radical surgery, six months of chemotherapy and a massive amount of recovery time. Which rather put paid to most types of photography in the rest of 2015 and a lot of 2016. But so far, whilst I've not come through unscathed, it appears that I may be a cancer survivor. And it does give one a slightly different perspective on life. Together with the resolve that one should never give up hope.
I've always enjoyed photographing people and people feature in the majority of my images. I’m very much at home in a studio but I'm also attracted to reportage/documentary/street work where a story might be told.
Thanks for visiting.
To my old friends, do get in touch if only for a natter. And if you've enjoyed looking at any of my images, please do drop me a note.