I always thought I’d remain trapped in a suit and tie, or at least in “business casual”. Somehow I escaped.
photography and gunpowder
I’ve always liked reportage-style photography – the work of guys like Don McCullin and Brian Harris – and it’s always been one side of what I do. It led to long term projects like Speakers Corner but in recent years historical re-enactment (I’ve a history degree from Cambridge) has pushed other projects aside. My other photographic passion – landscape – seems totally different, until you remember that my beloved Lake District is shaped by its mining history – which included the liberal application of gunpowder!
My photographic path has been “wet and dry”. Working for Heidelberg in the printing industry meant I became familiar with Photoshop around 1990, but I spent all day on the PC and needed something else for relaxation. While I loved darkroom work, I was gradually building up my Photoshop digital skills. So when I mentioned on my blog that I had got a Nikon D100, it led to writing my first book on digital B&W, and I’ve now written 10 or so books on digital photography, the latest two being published in 2013.
More recently I’ve been lucky enough to devote my time to photography. With a murky past that includes those years as a chartered accountant (shush, I don’t want to ruin the image!) and implementing financial IT systems, I’m very hot on Excel, OLAP cubes, and on integrating systems and migrating data between databases. Those skills lend themselves to digital asset management and improving clients’ Photoshop, Lightroom and iView Media Pro /Expression Media productivity, and designing web sites.