SO HOW DID THIS WORKING CLASS KID GET INTO PHOTOGRAPHY?
The creative journey began when I inherited my Dad’s ancient Ross Ensign rangefinder film camera. When a close friend introduced me to film making it was the inspiration I needed to take things further and enrolled as a mature student on a three year course at Birmingham’s School of Photography. However, film production wasn’t for me and quickly dropped in favour of still-photography.
Graduating from college in 1975, I found work as a photo-journalist on the bizarrely named “Kidderminster Shuttle”, a local paper in the English town of the same name. A year in and I exhibited a series of photographs at the Ludlow Festival, based around the vintage book “Around About The Crooked Steeple” by Simon Evans, his story and some of the photographs can be seen HERE.
Some four years later, I relocated to Ireland to join fellow ex-college alumni, Jaimie Blandford in Slidefile, a Dublin based advertising, industrial and commercial photography studio, that gradually changed into Ireland’s first stock picture agency. The Irish Marketing Journal featured us in our early days, the story and a photograph of the (much) younger staff is still available HERE. It’s a fact that agencies are only as good as the images they hold, so while co-directing the enterprise, I retained the role of picture editor and continued shooting stock photography throughout the island of Ireland.
Following significant changes in the industry, Slidefile was wound up and I left for the tranquility of the County Waterford coast to run a niche agency called The Irish Image Collection. But nothing lasts and with the introduction of the internet, the “one man agency” became extinct and I returned to freelance photography, for a number of clients, chiefly Tourism Ireland. I also began writing illustrated stories for magazines like “Ireland of the Welcomes” and the “Irish Garden”, and introduced Renaissance, my blog.
Simultaneously, I saw a niche to teach digital photography and established Copper Coast Workshops in my loft studio.
Gradually age caught up and old bones and muscles needed heat so my wife and I migrated to Frigiliana, an ancient Moorish village on the Andalucian coast. It’s here, the opportunity to work on photography and books that have been on my to-do list for a long, long time, got under way.
Finally, if you would like to see more photography, just click on the ‘Renaissance Resurrected’ tab to see regularly posted new images in my re-introduced blog.