I live near Loch Lomond. My best friend is a dog called Sam, I love drinking tea, spend too much time in front of my computers, love watching films in the cinema and spend just about every spare hour I have reading books because I get incredibly lost in a good story.
I left school in 1975 with little more than a head full of dreams and a very dubious hair cut. In those days of glam rock, Ziggy Stardust, platform shoes, ridiculous jumpers and flared trousers I just couldn’t imagine that one day I would be a professional photographer, but photography is a bit like that “crazy little thing called love” – it slowly lures you and then once it has you, it just doesn’t let you go.
One of my favourite movie quotes is from Blade Runner. “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.” Sometimes I think how this quote has a parallel with photography because once that moment has gone, its gone, and if you dont take a picture then that moment is lost forever. One of the reasons I became a photographer is because I understood how a picture captures a moment in time. And it does.
I became a fully qualified photographer in 1983, and I qualified as an Associate in the British Institute of Professional Photography in 1987, achievements which I am still massively proud of today. In 1987 I also photographed my first wedding, which was a scary experience, but these days photographing a wedding is more of a pleasure than anything else.
Since 1983 I’ve worked in all aspects of professional photography, even managing photographers and teaching photography, and after all these years of photographing just about everything I am still here as a full-time photographer – who is lucky enough to visit the nicest of places and photograph the loveliest of people.
Its a great job, so what more could I ask for…?