"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 for myself.
However at the beginning of 2015 I became quite poorly and I was diagnosed with a pancreatic tumour which would 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 am at home in a studio but I'm also attracted to reportage/documentary/street and I've a growing interest in food photography and still life. And who knows what else might come along.
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.