Well, welcome to my site and thank you for taking a look.
I’m an amateur photographer, an enthusiast, with bags of motivation to make interesting photographs.
Since getting the bug, no more than five years ago, photography has filled a creative need after a working life in professional music. I’ve found photography inspiring, rewarding, frustrating and demanding, just like music in fact,
Photography these days is regarded as an instant process. At it's best though it is still a slow and thoughtful set of choices. Not a bad thing at all and perhaps the conundrum of photography in the digital age.
I recently heard the author Jay Griffiths talking on Radio 3. It was a discussion on ‘wildness’ in music, primarily the music of Sibelius but her thoughts resonate so well for photography.
“the heart of artistic endeavour is not the dutiful portraying of something, it’s not copying, it’s turning and the word turn is such a simple word…… it’s an extraordinarily deep way of looking at art in that you take what life gives you personally and you turn it, it’s still there but it’s transformed. That is the heart of what all art needs to try to do, otherwise it’s a photocopy”
An aspiration perhaps...
And so, why a website?
At its simplest it's no more than a vanity project. Digital photography allows me to take thousands upon thousands of images, with very little financial constraint. But once the weeding process takes place, what happens to the chosen images, the ‘keepers’?
Invariably they are parked on a hard drive!
A website for me, apart from any kind of vanity (surely we all would like our efforts to be noticed) acts as motivation to assess and sort my images. It makes me really think about an image. Quite simply is it a picture that I'm proud of? Is it about something, rather than just of something?
The website also lets me set my images to work!
My wife Janet and I often muse that one of the most important things we value is a safe and comfortable home. We are very fortunate, many aren't, and so I am delighted to be able to try and help the Nottingham based charity Emmanuel House, a charity that aims to support the most vulnerable by tackling isolation and homelessness,
My images are available to purchase and all profit, after production costs, will be donated to Emmanuel House.
If you can support us you will find full details and loads of pics here.