What does photography mean to me?

When I first found photography I found a way to creatively express myself through visual ways. I also realised very quickly that photography is a medium which would never bore me, there is always something new to learn or a new subject to explore. It has taught me to look at the world with an enquiring eye, to see things beyond the surface.

A brief bio:

1985/6: Diploma in Photojournalism, London College of Printing, England.

1987/8: Freelance photographic assistant, London, England.

1988/94: Freelance photographer, London, England.

1994/2003: Personal projects in Tenerife, Exhibitions in La Bodega, winner in competition“Rincones de Santiago” 

2003/2010: Personal projects in Jersey, Channel Islands, UK & Ireland.

2011: Autonomos freelance photographer in Tenerife.

2013: Exhibition in Collectivas Atlantico, Fotonoviembre 2013. La Laguna.

2015: Exhibition in Summer Exhibition, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Santa Cruz.

Exhibition in Ten Diez Movement, Baobab Suites, Costa Adeje.

Exhibition in Certamen de Fotografia Informativa y Documental, Fotonoviembre 2015.

Exhibition, Reflejo I-V, La Musa de Adeje.

2016: Exhibition in Ten Diez, Boabab suites, Costa Adeje.

Exhibition, El Puertito, B/W, La Musa de Adeje.

2017: Participant in Photography on a postcard, art sales in aid of Hepatitis C Trust

2018: Participant in INCOGNITO, art sales in aid of the Jack & Jill foundation, Ireland

2019: Exhibition in Certamen de Fotografia Informativa y Documental, Fotonoviembre 2019.

2020: Participant in INCOGNITO, art sales in aid of the Jack & Jill foundation, Ireland



1983 I attended a night course at the Central School of Art in Holborn, London, where I learnt the craft of B/W processing and printmaking.

1985 I attended the London College of Printing where I received a Diploma in Photojournalism.

After college I worked as a freelance assistant with a variety of photographers, both in studios and on location covering still life, fashion and portrait photography. Then in 1989 I began shooting portraits and reportage for editorial clients including ID Magazine, Time Out, Taste, Tatler,and Design Week. Also for Insight Travel Guides, trade magazines and design companies producing brochures for Vauxhall, Egon Ronay, and Edwin Shirley Staging, and with ACE Records photographing up and coming musicians.

1994 I moved to Tenerife in the Canary Islands and my photography took a back seat to other activities. I still photographed, mainly landscapes, and won some awards from the local Ayuntamiento for my work.

Then in 2007 I discovered digital cameras and this rekindled my desire to work in professional photography. Since then I have built up a large collection of stock pictures with Alamy. In recent years my work has appeared in New Scientist, Country Homes and Interiors,The Guardian,The Telegraph, Huffington Post, Island Connections,The Magazine, on UK and Japanese TV programs.

All work on this site is shot on Canon or Fuji cameras in RAW format and processed to produce the highest quality files. All photographs are available for license, contact me for details. I also write articles to accompany any group of my photographs. If you do not find what you need I am available on a commission basis to shoot photographs and report on events as required. All portrait, model, wedding and commercial and editorial photographic sessions undertaken. Individual photography tuition, classes and photographic tours tailored to suit your needs, whether you are a beginner or advanced amateur.

Contact me for any photography requirements in the Canaries.
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