In 2006 I saved for a second hand Digital SLR, within 6 months a casual hobby became an all consuming passion and every spare hour was spent thinking about the next shot.
I'm an engineer by profession, which probably helped when it came to taking control of the technical aspects of photography; I never really struggled with shutter speeds and apertures! Nowadays I enjoy expressing myself though my images and capturing the spectacular moments of natural light.
I have a firm belief that the power of photography lies in its intrinsic connection to reality; a connection that no other artistic medium can claim. I am drawn to colour like a moth to a flame but, unlike many of my contemporaries who process their images heavily, I prefer to let the scene do the talking. Photographs can transport the viewer to a different place entirely and, though I might not always succeed, it's something I like to aim for.
Landscape Photography requires a considerable work ethic to be in the right place at the right time. It's easy to look at an image and think “If I was stood there at that time with the camera pointed in that direction....” but of course being in the right place requires a lot of dedication. For every successful trip there is an unsuccessful one, and dragging yourself out of bed at 4am for a summer sunrise is no mean feat! This portfolio represents many hundreds of hours outdoors chasing fleeting moments and forcing myself uphill. However, when everything comes together there is nothing I love more.
When I started photography there were half as many photographers as there are now. I loved having Dartmoor to myself, exploring it on my own free from the influence of others. Nowadays I travel further off the beaten path to find new images. This has ultimately driven me to backpack around wilderness areas outside the UK with Iceland being my current favourite.
In recent years I've started to share my passion with others as part of my photography workshops which can be incredibly rewarding. I also like to write where I can for magazines and online publications although I think my writing style needs some work!
I enjoy the work of many other landscape photographers. Currently these include Floris Van Breugal, and his wonderful photos of California and the Sierra, and Hougaard Malan, whose images of South Africa and Namibia never cease to surprise me. Nate Zeman is another brilliant photographer and trailblazer of American landscape photography. Closer to home I enjoy the Dartmoor landscapes and company of Steven Sellman and Guy Richardson.
I know other photographers are often curious what gear I use. Below is a list. I've been asked previously why I don’t have a more extensive lens collection and the answer is simply that I don't want to carry more than two lenses when backpacking!
Camera: Canon 5DmkII
Lenses: 16-35 f2.8L II, 70-200 F4L, 400 5.6L (this lens mostly stays at home!)
Tripod: Gitzo GT2541EX Tripod, RRS BH-40 ballhead, Kirk L plate