I remember my mum giving me a compact 110 film camera for my birthday when I was about 14. It was a really basic model with just auto exposure and a built-in flash. I thought it was great but then so many of the pictures it took were really blurry. I was quite disappointed and quit my new hobby after only a few months as I decided my money was better spent on records.
A few years later I got a proper job and decided to get a proper camera, a Pentax Spotmatic F. I was thrilled by my shiny new toy and my pictures were noticeably sharper but somehow didn’t really improve much otherwise. Then I had some pals who were into photography and I started to take some proper pictures. Some time after that I went on a proper photography course and took some better pictures, so I decided to sell all my records and get a better camera, this time a Nikon F801. After the course I regretted selling the records and started buying CD’s. Then when I started to shoot digital I sold most of my CD’s and all my Nikon gear.
I’ve published three photo books. The first two, ‘Happenstance’ and ‘Underground’ were shot mainly during the 1990’s. The most recent one ‘Up West’ was taken over a twelve year period (2001-2013) in the West End of London.
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