Les Trois Mousquetaires including a very old selfie on film, the stitching and making was going on then!
Behind the lens...
Being the middle of three generations of film photographers, I always feel extremely proud that photography is firmly embedded in my DNA. My upbringing of film, piles of negatives, a red box brownie camera and the smell of the darkroom are responsible for my deep, continued interest in shooting film and traditional printing. Being in the darkroom is hugely important to me, working on Contemporary Fine Art and personal projects. Away from photography, I satisfy my creative needs by stitching, making and creating impressionistic and abstract expressionist paintings inspired by place.
I am perpetually fascinated by the innate allure and authenticity of nature and how it percolates into our lives, through interior decoration, food and more. It is the bedrock of life. A framework for living. The foundations for wellbeing. There's a duality in my work... exploring nature from a lifestyle perspective... visceral yet conceptual. The hinterlands, that liminal space - the time between the what was and the next.
I shoot with film and pixels and often fuse the two. My work occupies the threshold space where the disciplines of art, design and photography overlap, merge and coexist.
To my fuel vision, design and academic studies at the Manchester School of Art and University of Gloucestershire have covered these three disciplines, culminating with an MA in Fine Art Photography and papers written on Colour Psychology - all of which continue to feed in to and directly influence my work as an artisan photographer, creative and art director.
My research into Colour - its origins, meanings and psychology continues...
You can read about my latest project, Collected Calm, here.