How I Started in Photography
Although I started in photography as a boy in 1946, and was soon developing and printing my own films, I really did not get serious until 1989 when I joined a camera club. I then realised just how very ordinary my pictures were! I started to enter club competitions and to listen carefully to the critiques, with the result that my photography gradually improved. I joined the Royal Photographic Society and also took my first steps itno the international exhibition scene.
In 2002 I was awarded the Licentiateship of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS). In 2003 I decided to try the international exhibition scene and was pleased to get some acceptances in exhibitionas recognised by the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP). In January 2005 I joined the Photographic Society of America (PSA), which also offers recognition for acceptances in international exhibitions.
I have over 1300 acceptances in PSA and FIAP recognised international exhibitions with 112 awards including 19 medals.
I was awarded the AFIAP distinction in 2009 and EFIAP in 2011. Also in 2011 I was awarded the EPSA distinction of the Photographic Society of America. I was very pleased to achieve the Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society in 2009 with a panel of prints showing details of sandstone rocks.
What I Like to Photograph
I like photographing landscapes, especially in low or dramatic light. I also enjoy city photography, looking for unusual angles on interesting buildings, inside as well as outside. I have tried photographing people too, but mainly at events such as carnivals, not in the studio. Although most of my work is in colour, I do get a special ‘buzz’ from a good monochrome.
What I Do Now
I no longer enter international exhibitions and now concemtrate on making pictures to show in talks to camera clubs and photographic societies, which I do with my wife Paula. All our talks are print talks using Permajet paper and we have been added to the team of Permajet supported speakers. I also do judging at camera clubs, trying to put something back into photography after having gained so much from others.