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About Me

I am a photographer based in my hometown of Canterbury, Kent. I specialise in creating atmospheric and dramatic images of my local Kent Coast and Landscape.

How did you get into Photography?

I first picked up a camera as a teenager to document my friend’s skateboarding. I was inspired by the images in skating magazines to study photography at college which led on to a related subject at university. Although I still kept a small darkroom set-up after this period, it was when I bought my first digital SLR which rekindled my love of photography; originally shooting the music nights I was involved with before getting heavily into landscape photography.

How would you describe your ‘personal style’?

My ‘style’ and what I like to shoot is evolving, however, I have a tendency towards creating simple, uncluttered compositions. I also prefer to work in soft light either from twilight or on overcast days to best convey atmosphere and nuance in the landscape.

I use a wide range of techniques in my latest work such as Intentional Camera Movement or very shallow Depth of Field which I owe to feeling more confident in chasing my vision. At times in the past, I could become bogged down by faithfully representing the scene continually whereas now I am keen to experiment more at the capture and editing stages.

What do you enjoy about photography?

Photography is my passion. It allows me to share my creativity and be active outdoors. Landscape photography requires patience but I have come to love the challenge of solving the puzzle of composition and assessing what light and weather the shot needs to function best. Some of my work has been years in the making and it is very fulfilling when a shot finally comes together.

What are your ambitions as a photographer?

In the past few years, I have started to supplement my part-time income by selling prints online and at local exhibitions. I also submit to stock libraries, supply images to calendar comapnies and I occasionally am commissioned for magazines such as Outdoor Photography. I’d like to continue this and add more ways to get my work seen.

What kit do you use?

Currently, I have a Nikon D810 DSLR with 16-35mm, 20mm, 28mm, 50mm, 70-200mm and 135mm lenses. The image quality of this setup is amazing but I think I could be tempted by the lighter mirrorless kits coming out.

Do you have a favourite location?

In Kent, I would have to say it is Reculver. It is close by so I can get there for any special weather plus there are views to be had of the towers in all directions no matter the tides. When I get to travel a bit further afield, like many others I am drawn to the Lake District.

Do you sell your work?

Why, yes. good question! I have been actively selling my work online and in-person through local exhibitions for the past year or so. I have invested in a professional printer at home so I can get each print looking exactly how I want it and quickly. Click here for more information.

I also sell via these channels below.

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