“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out ’till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in” John Muir
My love of the outdoors is what my photography is all about. My way of not only recording what I experience in the view but also what I feel inside when exposed to the wonderful show that nature puts on every day, no matter what the weather. To immerse myself in the act of photography, to walk, to climb, to discover, to solve to problems and to capture on film is to fully relax and connect with the subject. Even on a day when no images are made this is totally satisfying and makes for the perfect antidote to the stresses and frustration of the office.
If asked to describe my work I would say that much of my recent output has been dark, atmospheric and perhaps more reflective than descriptive. Of course some viewers of my images may call them dull, depressing and lacking the vibrancy of what is generally considered the ‘norm’. Personally (and obviously) I prefer the more subdued pallette and would argue that it holds an equal amount of richness and colour as a vivid sunset but from a different part of the colour spectrum. My tastes in all things seem to be for the more intense, from a strong, peaty malt whisky and bitter dark chocolate to the music of Mahler, Schoenberg, Bartok and Stravinsky (a perfect night in!) Working as I do with a wooden field camera and sheet film forces me to take more time over my image making. Hopefully capturing the spirit and mood in fine detail for you, the viewer to enjoy. Stormy weather brings with it a multitude of extra problems for the photographer to overcome but I can safely say that I never feel more alive than the moment when all the elements come together and I press the shutter.