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 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 — mostly London, the River Thames and SE England — and combining photography with graphic design within the corporate world.
Boating and waterways photography has a peculiar hold on me. Narrowboat Life (Bloomsbury; 2016) 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 challenges offered by interior design afloat.
I have produced a wide variety of corporate imagery, including event photography, interior and exterior locations, business portraits and product shots — usually used to illustrate company websites, exhibition stands, annual reports, trade articles and a host of marketing materials.
Much of my recent corporate work has involved extensive photo-manipulation. These creative images are standardly designed to show people interacting with products that only exist as concepts, or are in early development, within realistic settings. I might start by either photographing 3D printed models or photo-rendering product CAD drawings, then 'introduce' these to relevant, usually built-up, background images. I photograph the background imagery if we have resources and locations to hand; otherwise I have extensive experience sourcing good material from online commercial libraries.
My travel photography has been published globally in magazines, newspapers, travel guides, brochures and text books. Happily, the occasional conceptual stock travel image has leaked over into the advertising world.