A PHOTOGRAPHIC LIFE:
So how did I get into photography?
My 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 inspired me to enrol on a three year course at Birmingham’s School of Photography as a mature student. However, film production wasn’t for me and it was 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. It was a little after starting that I exhibited a series of photographs at the Ludlow Festival, based around the vintage book “Around About The Crooked Steeple” by Simon Evans. A fascinating story that can be read 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 – read about it’s early days here. The business gradually morphed into Ireland’s first stock picture agency. Agencies are only as good as the images they hold, so apart from co-directing, I retained the role of picture editor, and continued shooting for the agency. Following significant changes in the industry, however, Slidefile closed and I left for the tranquility of the County Waterford coast, where I ran a smaller niche agency called The Irish Image Collection for a few years.
Sadly, the “one man agency” became extinct and I returned to freelance photography for a number of clients, chiefly Tourism Ireland. Then around 2007, I saw a niche to teach digital photography and established Copper Coast Workshops in my loft studio. I began to write illustrated stories for Irish magazines like “Ireland of the Welcomes” and the “Irish Garden”. There’s a short one about County Waterford written for Irish Central here.
Gradually age caught up with us, old bones needed some heat and so my wife and I migrated to Frigiliana, an ancient Moorish Village on the Andalucian coast. And it’s here, over the last 6 years I’ve had the opportunity to work on the books and photography that have been sitting on my to-do list for a long time…
A gallery of my photography, along with tutorials, opinion and can be accessed by clicking on the links below….