I was born in Birmingham, England, in 1964, and brought up in England and in the Languedoc region of France, where much of my family come from.
Of my early encounters with the arts one of the most significant was with Goya’s ‘Caprichos’ – which were to have a major influence on my self-portrait photography.
After university I spent several years working as a primary teacher during which I maintained my involvement in music (playing classical & jazz guitar), and developed a passion for reading and writing poetry, especially the work of modern poets such as Geoffrey Hill, Robert Lowell & T.S. Eliot.
On returning from an extended period of travel I visited an exhibition of the work of Mary Ellen Mark, and saw the book ‘Immediate Family’ by Sally Mann. As a result I suddenly became convinced of the status of photography as an important art form and started to devote much of my attention to looking at photographs, studying the work of photographers such as Josef Sudek, Atget & Bill Brandt.
After several months I bought myself a camera.
A year later I abandoned my career as a primary teacher to concentrate fully on photography.
At about this time I met the photographer John V Freeman whose encouragement, friendship & advice were to prove invaluable to my artistic development.
I use 35mm, medium and large formats, working almost exclusively in black & white. I draw inspiration from a wide range photographers such as Atget, Robert Frank, Irving Penn, Walker Evans, Harry Callahan, Bill Brandt & Cartier-Bresson.
Other interests include: music (especially classical and improvised); the classical guitar; Roman literature and the Latin language; French and English literature and poetry; Mycology; science and philosophy; nature, ecology and the environment.
Till 2008 I was based in West Yorkshire. I have since lived in the Languedoc region of France.