People are fascinating and I love the challenge of grabbing a portrait on location. The selection shown here were taken for a variety of clients for pr, press, editorial, brochures and web sites.
Creative photography can make even the ordinary interesting - an eclectic selection of objects, shot for company brochures and web sites.
Colour, line, shape and the play of light on buildings throughout the north of England.
Conferences aren't just about men & women in suits, and long boring speeches at a lecturn. To me, as a photographer, they are about social-interaction, human expression, shape, colour and light. I don't just photograph the main speakers, I capture the atmosphere of your event.
It's always rewarding to see how my clients use my images in print or on the web. It's a bit like dotting the Is and crossing the Ts. Ask me to leave a space for your company logo or text, or to shoot in portrait or landscape. It's the little things that make a difference.
Sense of Place - Carlisle
I wanted to get to know my local patch, so went off wandering the streets of Carlisle with my lovely Leica M9 camera in hand. It's a fascinating city, oozing with historical architecture and interesting people. This is a series of environmental portraiture, lit with Cumbrian light, with the background part of the portrait. I try not to direct people, prefering them to assume a natural pose, whether with confidence or awkwardly.
Sense of Place - Silloth
Once an elegant Victorian seaside resort, the town of Silloth is tucked way on the north Cumbrian coast. Now a little faded around the edges and a shadow of it's former self, the town is a photographer's paradise. The light is fantastic and it's a great place to capture the quirky side of coastal living. This is an on-going project to study the impact of tourism along the Cumbrian coast.
Sitting on the Fence
I've been exploring Manchester Airport's surroundings, researching the area for a project that examines the landscape, dwelling places and the people who live close to the airport's perimeter fence. The impact of the ever-expanding airport has had a huge effect on the environment. As the project developed, it revealed a curious symbiotic relationship between the airport and those who live and work near the perimeter fence.
An on-going personnel project that takes a quirky look at agricultural machinery dotted around the Cumbrian landscape. Using dramatic lighting and unusual angles these machines take on a surreal quality.
A personal project that took me along the banks of the River Eden in Cumbria. I became fascinated by the flotsam-and-jetsum hanging from trees and bushes, washed up by the force of the river during times of heavy rain. This debris provides a tangible metaphor for environmental concerns that go beyond the Eden Valley.
Out and About
I'm never without my camera. Like my dogs, it's my constant companion. Always ready to capture those moments when the light is special, or when everything comes together to inspire me to press the shutter.