Photography used to be a hobby. I took pictures in my spare time, made B&W and some colour prints in my kitchen-darkroom, and I shot a few weddings, but I was horribly sure I’d remain locked in a suit and tie (or at least in business casual). Somehow I escaped.
In recent years I’ve been photographing the historical re-enactment scene – I read history at Cambridge. But landscape always was a favourite, and I equally enjoy documentary photography and have a few long term projects like Speakers Corner.
Most pictures are available as individual fine art prints and I do a few weddings, portraits, and other commissioned work.
Working in the printing industry, my first experience of Photoshop was around 1990, but my days were spent working on computers and I wanted my spare time to be a relaxing change. So I took a “wet and dry” path towards digital imaging, preferring darkroom work but gradually scanning more film and picking up Photoshop. Then in 2003 I mentioned on my blog that I had finally got a digital camera, and this led to writing my first book on digital B&W. I’ve now written 7 books with the latest published in early 2010.
More recently I’ve been lucky enough to devote my time to photographic work, especially digital asset management and improving clients’ Photoshop, Lightroom and iView Media Pro /Expression Media productivity, and designing web sites.
My murky past includes many years as a chartered accountant, then in implementing financial IT systems, so I’m very hot on Excel, OLAP, integrating systems and migrating data between databases. But shush – I don’t want to ruin the image!