Thank you for visiting my photography site.
Ansel Adams, the legendary landscape photographer, said “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” It’s a quote I try to bear in mind whenever I use my camera.
This has been reinforced after reading On Being a Photographer, which is an amazing book capturing conversations between author Bill Jay and Magnum photographer David Hurn.
I’ve been attempting to make, rather than take, photographs for 15 years and it is my real passion in life. I am constantly seeking to improve my skills and knowledge, so I try to make photographs every day.
The home page of this site largely features my ‘everyday’ photos. These photos cover quite a wide range of subjects and styles. In many ways, it’s my photo scrapbook. I use it to try out new ideas and techniques. Some work better than others but I find it’s a good way to ensure that photography stays part of my life.
My primary interest, however, is photographing people and my portrait gallery is where I will document some of my favourite images from over the years as well as new ones that I take. As the site is new, I am still building this section up, but will add to it over the coming weeks and months.
This year, I recently fulfilled a long-standing dream to visit Chernobyl. I’ve been fascinated by Chernobyl ever since news of the accident first broke when I was 15 years old. I now have family links to Ukraine and, after hearing their experience of the disaster, my interest in visiting grew stronger. We were back in Kiev this winter and I got the opportunity to take a tour around the exclusion zone. You can see my photo essay from this trip in my Chernobyl gallery (which was recently selected as an Editor’s Pick on the WordPress Discover channel). It was, for me, a fascinating but sobering trip. Partly because I now understand how it affected my Ukrainian family but also because being in the exclusion zone truly brought home the enormity of the accident.
I hope you will enjoy looking at my photographs. Please do say hello. I am always open to constructive feedback. If there are aspects about an image that do not work for you, please don’t be frightened to say so in the comments section. Much as I love to receive a positive comment (who doesn’t!), I have learned so much from the constructive views of others. So, please feel free to start a conversation.