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I started off as an amateur photographer in the late 80s mainly doing portraiture , then in the 90's I decided to go to photographic college and did a diploma. There I did everything from street fashion, social documentary and my main love architecture..I also use to spend a great deal of time in the dark room printing. Whilst at college, I got invited to cover a fashion show in Paris of a well known fashion British fashion designer...and on return they were pleased with the results and leant me the entire collection to photograph. ( Perhaps working with 8 models at once was a little ambitious , even though I did have an assistance) ..After college I had brief work experience with two product photographers, the latter , I learnt more off in two weeks than on my whole course, unfortunately he didn't have full time employment. So I turned pro in 1992 and was fortunate to have my first solo exhibition in London..for the next few years I concentrated mainly on models portfolios and then in 1996 I moved to Japan, In 1997 I had an exhibition of my work sponsored by the British Arts Council and a major Japanese Store in Nagoya , Japan. On the opening day a top Japanese photographer who I had got to know the previous year surprised me and made a fleeting visit on the opening day. I returned to England, and worked with one model on and off for a year and decided to move in a completely different direction and became an interior designer and landscape gardener finding worn out properties, and giving them a new lease of life. This felt more challenging, so apart from photographing projects I was renovating, I did not touch my camera for 7 years ..in the past I would put my camera down and not touch it, the longest prior to that was 2 years until I went to Spain, where it was impossible not to be inspired. In 2006, I briefly returned to photography but the majority of time was spent as an interior designer/landscape gardener which I still do.
In December 2012, I returned to studio work which I love but always knew it would be for a short period as in order for my interior design work to progress, plus I need more space and hopefully create a darkroom again as well.
I won't be renting studio space as this will eat into my costs, plus too much time would be spent, setting up and dismantling. However, I am still practising with my mannequin and might at some point do location work ( weather permitting) .