“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, 6×6 and 5×4. 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.
However in early 2015 I became quite seriously ill and I was diagnosed with a 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. So now I enjoy mentoring, passing on stuff that I’ve learned along the line and helping others to step a little out of their comfort zones.
I’ve always enjoyed photographing people and am at home in a studio but I’m also attracted to street and reportage/documentary 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.