A bit about me

A photo of me from 2016

I was born in 1968 in Manchester and I've lived and worked in Edinburgh since 1997. I work as a web developer for my day job, but I get my kicks from photography.

Photography is my passion. It is my main means of self-expression and a wonderfully satisfying way to waste time! I've been taking photographs ever since I inherited the family hand-me-down Kodak 126 Instamatic at the age of 10. I still remember my very first film: it was used on a school trip to Chester Zoo. A few years ago I found the photographs from that first roll of film on a trip home to see my parents. It was just a bunch of vaguely giraffe and ostrich shaped fuzzy blobs, but from that very first film I was hooked. I will always be grateful to my mum for giving me that first camera!

Today I love all kinds of photography, from modern digital photography to old-fashioned conventional analogue photography. Polaroid plays a critical part in my photography. This means both making Polaroid prints from digital images using an Impossible instant lab, and using vintage Polaroid cameras to create 100% analogue photographs. What I love most about Polaroid is the huge array of alternative processes that use a Polaroid print as a starting point. These alternative processes bring an element of handicraft back to my photography, which is a very satisfying antidote to pushing pixels about a computer screen.

Because I love gadgets almost as much as I love photography I use a wide range of equipment… most of my digital photography is done using a Pentax K-3ii DSLR, an Olympus Pen-F compact system camera (CSC), or a Fujifilm X-E1 CSC with adapters to use legacy lenses from 30, 40 or 50 years ago. When it comes to analogue photography I have a large collection of classic cameras to choose from when I want to load up a role of Kodak Portra 160.

My favourite subjects include portraiture (if you want to be a model please do get in touch), trees, graveyards and cemeteries (channeling my inner goth!), trees, urban scenes and street photography, and anything old and decaying (maybe I should do more self-portraiture!!). You can visit my Flickr photostream to see my latest photography.