‘It feels like I’ve always been around cameras. I remember my dad having a Pentax and being a member of his local camera club, and having various cameras myself including a little Ricoh bargained for in Singapore on a family holiday at 15 years old. Little did I know then the person who’s style would become a huge influence on me, Daido Moriyama, was also using a little Ricoh GR instead of a larger SLR camera. I’ve always loved travel, and it was at the end of a trip in December 2017 I came to the decision, at the age of 45 that I wanted to be a photographer as a profession! Sat in a dingy hotel in El Alto, Bolivia and suffering from mild altitude sickness I had time to ponder life, and decided I would take portraits and sell landscape prints. I spent one last year working in an office, in my spare time taking portraits for anyone who’d give the time to sit for me, allowing me to hone my skills.
I’m a big fan of keeping things simple, and minimal. A fair amount of my portraiture and landscape prints are black and white, I quite often find colour distracting. Also, I’m a firm believer that the best camera is the one you have with you. On a trip to Japan I used a camera phone more than anything else, taking around 2,000 photos, I felt free from the awkwardness of the main camera, not worrying about settings or standing out, just framing and taking the shot, capturing the moment. Some of these are in my gallery and are my favourite photos. My influences are quite broad, I love the low key portraiture of Annie Leibovitz, the urban images of Bruce Davidson & Jay Maisel, the subdued landscapes of Todd Hido, and of course the black and white snapshots of Tokyo and other cities by Daido Moriyama.’
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