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 an important means of self-expression, not to mention 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 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 the gift of photography!

Today I love all kinds of photography, from modern digital photography to old-fashioned film photography, and Polaroid. That means both making Polaroid prints from digital images using an Impossible Instant lab, and using vintage Polaroid cameras to create totally 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 around on 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 Sony A7II or Olympus Pen-F mirrorless camera. I love using classic manual focus lenses on these cameras using adapters... in fact playing about with all kinds of outlandish lenses (some not even designed for cameras at all!) is a big part of my photography. When it comes to analogue photography I have a plenty of classic cameras to choose from when I want to load up a role of Kodak Portra 160.

My favourite subjects include portraiture, trees, graveyards and cemeteries (channeling my inner goth!), urban scenes and street photography, and anything old and decaying (maybe I should do more self-portraits!!). You can visit my Flickr photostream to see my latest photography.