My interest in photography began during my teenage years in the late 1960’s. After leaving school I began an apprenticeship in the Lithographic printing industry as a planner/retoucher. As part of my training I had to attend the London School of Printing, where I came into contact with other professions that are connected to the printing industry, one of them being photography. One evening we were taken on a visit to a working Fleet Street darkroom. I witnessed the black magic that happened there, and felt the photography bug bite hard. It was then I realised photography, especially darkroom printing was going to play a big part in my life.
In the mid 70’s I moved from Ashford in Kent to Cardiff, South Wales, and lived for a number of years in rented flats and houses, where I first tried black and white printing in a number of make-shift bathroom darkrooms. When I bought my first house it enabled me to build my first permanent darkroom.
The relentless march of digital imaging has not passed me by. It started to impact on my own area of the printing industry as long ago as the early 80’s. And in order for me to stay gainfully employed I had to embrace and learn. As I became more involved with Photoshop and image manipulation, I realised it held no interest for me when it came to my own personal work. I could not see how sitting front of a computer could replace the enjoyment and pleasure I gained from working in a darkroom.
Since 1980 I have been a member of the Royal Photographic Society. I gained a LRPS in 1981, my ARPS in 1983. Finally in 2000 I was awarded a Fellowship (FRPS) in the Visual Arts section for a panel of twenty monochrome darkroom prints.
I regularly give talks about my work and judge in and around South Wales and have been known to venture across the border into England.
Since the mid 80’s I have had my work regularly accepted in many National and International Salons.