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I have been making and taking photographs since I was a kid, keen on National Geographic magazine and exploring local neighbourhoods with a 110 instamatic. For many years my working life subsidized a global wanderlust — that involved packing precious stocks of Kodachrome 64 secured in foam rubber tubes and Nikon manual cameras to some very remote and dusty places.

Over the past two decades I have been producing imagery for editorial and travel publication, and combining photography with graphic design within the corporate world.

Boating photography

Boating and waterways photography has a peculiar hold on me. My book Narrowboat Life (Bloomsbury; 2nd Revised Edition 2019) is the culmination of five years exploration of Britain's southern inland waterways and its community while living on a continuously cruising narrowboat. This project involved a variety of complex types of photography: landscape (well, waterscape really!), social documentary, interior design and heritage — as well as capturing the beautiful sinuous curves and traditional decoration of the narrowboats and working craft themselves.

A suggestion from my publisher to photograph interiors of vessels, to complement the book, really sparked a new interest and I now greatly enjoy tackling the photographic challenges offered by interior design afloat.

Have your boat professionally photographed

Ever thought of having your own boat photographed for posterity? Capture it in a beautiful, moody light. Bring out its special features. Document a fresh fit-out, a new cabin interior, splendid woodwork or fresh exterior paintwork. Together we can bring out the character of your boat and make it look dazzling and fresh. 

Let me know if you're interested.

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Kennet & Avon Canal

Diamonds and brass: bow of colourful narrowboat, Crofton, Kennet & Avon Canal, Berkshire

Narrowboat beside church on Kennet & Avon Canal, Hungerford, Berkshire

Rapeseed fields near Kennet & Avon Canal, Honeystreet, Wiltshire

Narrowboat moored before a bankside cottage, Kennet & Avon Canal near

Working narrowboat pair on the Kennet & Avon Canal near Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire

Tiller of a narrowboat on the Kennet & Avon Canal near Honeystreet, Wiltshire

Sheep on the towpath at Tyle Mill, Kennet & Avon Canal, Berkshire

Narrowboat 'Spirit of Marmalade', Kennet & Avon Canal, Wiltshire


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