Here is a selection of my landscapes, the majority of which have been created in the UK. Whenever possible, I will book a holiday based upon having some good landscape potential. Getting up before dawn, rushing down to the beach to watch the sun rise is very rewarding, albeit a lonely pursuit in the winter. The quality of light in the first and last hour of the day can bring an average scene to life, and is my favourite time of the day to be out with my camera.
I was lucky enough to win a photography competition in Digital SLR Magazine, the prize being a 1-2-1 landscape workshop with world famous landscape Photographer Ross Hoddinott. Some of the images taken with him near Bude can be seen in my portfolio.
Landscapes will continue to be one of my favourite photographic genres.
Brighton inspires a lot of my landscape and architectural photography . The area has lots of photographic opportunities for a relatively small city. I am always drawn to the seafront, combining the iconic landmarks, sunlight and water at sunrise/sunset.
I have been in Brighton for over ten years now, and there is something for everyone.
My most popular image of Brighton to date has been my image of the West Pier with the lightning bolts striking behind it. It wasn't luck that I managed to get this image, it was taken around 2am in the summer of 2014 - and despite the weather reports saying that there would be no lightning, it was worth the gamble.
This selection of black and white landscapes, or more so seascapes, are created by one of my favourite techniques - long exposures. The ethereal misty water and dragging clouds are a common theme throughout this genre, which is achieved by adding filters to extend the length of the exposure to several minutes. The conversion to black and white allows much deeper editing techniques, creating art rather than accurate representations of what is before the camera.
I have gathered a wide variety of images and put them under the category 'abstract'.
Abstract is often thought of as being a small segment of something, taken out of context. My abstract portfolio is a selection of photographic subjects and techniques that are out of the ordinary - hopefully making you ask the questions "what is it?" or "how did he do that?".
If I have done that, then I have succeeded.
I am a qualified Architect, having studied for seven years at Brighton University. Architecture is my real passion - so combining these two arts keeps me inspired.
Buildings are accessible to everyone, and are a great photographic subject. It takes practice, and some specialist equipment, to create professional Architectural photography though.
The creativity from my work informs my photography and vice versa - my knowledge of light, composition and proportions can be seen in my photography and architectural designs.
Photographing exteriors and interiors is a completely different ball-game, and I have been lucky enough to photograph some of the worlds best landmarks, as well as my own creations.
My photographs have been published in various architecture books and publications, as well as award ceremony literature.
'Fine Art' is a loose term, and I separate these images from my other photos of landscape and architecture for several reasons. 'Traditional' landscape and architectural photography is true to the original scene, trying to portray the view in front of the camera in the final image/print.
By converting a photograph to black and white, you have already stepped away from reality. Pushing this further by having a long exposure to create dragging clouds and silky water as an interpretation of the scene rather than what the eye sees. I have used whatever techniques I deem suitable to portray my vision.
Further digital manipulation has taken place in my images to create depth, presence and drama.
Infra-red photography is a specialist subject that makes people do a double-take. From the outset, the photographs look like they are taken in a snowy scene, however it is quite the opposite - sunny weather being the best conditions for this genre of photography.
Infra-red is simply an energy wave that is not visible to the human eye, however it is possible for a camera to capture this with the correct filter or having your camera converted. The result is that people and grass glow a bright white, and water & skies turn a deep black; making for dramatic photographs.
For a landscape photographer this is also great news, as the best light for 'normal' photography is the first and last hour of the day - whereas midday sun can create bold images in infra-red.
Published & Exhibited
I am lucky enough to have been published in various photography magazines, architecture books and architecture magazines.
I have also exhibited my prints in cafes, a photography gallery and various offices.
Recent submissions to photography competitions have also been successful, including the Shoreham Riverfest and multiple charity calendars.
This portfolio of images was a response to creating bespoke cards for friends and family.
Whatever the occasion, I have a suitable image for it - a collection that I am always adding to.
My commercial portfolio showcases a selection of exteriors and interiors that I have been employed to photograph. The work here exhibits the work of the practice that I work for, developers and estate agents.
I have been employed to photography buildings, areas and general lifestyle images of London, Manchester & most recently Berlin. These photographs often form a sales brochure or marketing information to sell the properties.
Photographing architecture is a specialist subject and requires a thorough understanding of light, composition, sunpaths/seasons, and the process of architecture. Being an Architect and photographer allows me to have a greater understanding of the client's needs and the Architectural process.
I have photographed many subjects; including flowers & animals/insects, however I get the greatest pleasure out of macro photography.
Getting in at macro level (or closer) allows me to investigate the true beauty of nature, whether that is the petal of a flower or the complex structure of an insect's eyes.
Photographing insects requires patience, however the results are rewarding and make it worth the effort.