My home town is the world heritage City of Bath in the United Kingdom although I now live in nearby Bristol. My interest in photography was sparked by the gift of a camera from a close relative in the late 1970’s. I progressed on to study photography at Salisbury College of Art between 1979-81. Having had my first job as press photographer at Butlins, Barry Island in 1982 (great fun!) recently made famous by TV’s ‘Gavin & Stacey’ I went freelance in 1983 when a commission arrived from American Express to document a travel conference in The Hague
Moving to Bristol in 1984, for 4 years I assisted an American advertising photographer, Scott Morrison who specialized in food photography – clients included prominent food retailers like Marks & Spencer. For many years I worked out of my own advertising studio, then moved into landscape photography when I began to get commissions from the Countryside Agency (now Natural England) photographing the English landscape. Now wanting to share my knowledge I have begun to teach photography courses & have done so successfully for the last 3 years
Other than photography I have always been involved in community events. This is what inspired me to start my square9 project.
As a reaction to the number of cars on the road in Bristol, about 10 years ago, myself & three others started the City Car Club. This was essentially a car share club & had one objective – to reduce the rate of car ownership in Bristol. We started with one car in Norton Road, Knowle, Bristol, UK. The car club idea grew – there are now over 50 cars in Bristol alone.
I continue to work as a photographer but now also enjoy sharing my knowledge with others – come along to a workshop & find out!
“Thank you so much for that brilliant workshop this morning. I think that I really do ‘get’ the vital functions of the camera at last. And the info re composition will make me think much more carefully about what’s in front of the lens. Am fired up to get out and about with my camera now!” – Pat, ‘One to One’ session