I’m a Londoner by birth, being born four years before Leica released its groundbreaking M3 – I’ll leave you to do the math!
I have a lifelong interest and passion for photography – especially black and white – since my early teens, when quite by chance I discovered an enlarger in pieces stuffed in a box at the back of a neglected science classroom store cupboard I had been told to clean out as punishment for not completing my homework on time.
After enquiries (and much cajoling), finally the science teacher agreed reluctantly to let me try and set up a darkroom in the cleared out cupboard and get the enlarger working… as long as I did the necessary research (and future homework!) and made the whole subject of film and print developing a project and produced a print or two. Happy days.
The following year I won a scholarship to Hornsey College of Art, and afterwards studied print, typography and photography at the London College of Printing.
Professionally I worked in point-of-sale advertising, running a process darkroom and design studio until 1993, when I became self-employed, working from home designing school prospectuses using Adobe Creative Suite.
Now I am retired.