Bio

I am a 60 year old photographer living in south-west England.

I studied documentary photography at Brigwater College to City and Guilds level,  being particularly inspired by the teaching of Terryl Bacon who introduced the class to the American large format photographers whose work I came to love. 

6 years ago I made the jump into digital capture previously using a range of formats from 35mm to 10×8 sheet film.  I enjoyed working in a darkroom and still maintain a fully working darkroom equipped with 5×4 and 7×5 De Vere enlargers.

I now use Nikon and Sony for image capture and Canon for digital printing.

Exhibitions

2002      Balanced Like Scales Brewhouse Theatre and Art Centre

This project involved organising several workshops for people who had lived most of their lives in institutions but had recently moved into community living. I supported people in taking portraits of each other using a Bronical 6×6 camera and professional lighting equipment.   Analogue monochrome capture.

2005      White Graves Yeovil Arts Centre

This project involved driving from north to south Spain over All Souls Weekend, stopping at pre-planned cemeteries to photograph activities throughout the weekend. I began in Comillas and finished at Tarifa, visiting cemeteries including Burgos, Salamanca, Caceres, Montefrio, and Cordoba.  Analogue monochrome capture.

2006      Romeria de el Rocio Bridgwater Arts Centre

This project involved joining the Sevilla Hermandad ( Brotherhood ) on a 5 day walk from Seville to el Rocio in the Donana national park, photographing religious activity and the physical effects of strenuous pilgrimage on participants.  Analogue monochrome capture.

2013       Gateway to Nirvana  Art Tea Zen Cafe  Langport

The photographer spent 8 days at the Kumbh Mela, India,  building a portfolio of beautiful photographs which portray something of the devotion, colour and fervour of Hindu faith. He spent time with the mysterious Sadhus and walked by day and by night through crowds of devotees bathing and undertaking riverside arti fire rituals, making photographs under the artificial sodium lamps of the Mela and as the sun rose over the sacred Ganges.  These are photographs of a multitude of people at prayer within a country often described as the most religious on Earth.   Digital capture.

Publications

2006    From Earth to Air

This  is a book featuring monochrome documentary images of tradition and culture throughout Andaluciafocusing predominantly on gypsy culture,  flamenco, the Spanish pre-occupation with death and  Semana Santa activities.  It is complemented by poetry written by Federico Garcia Lorca including traditional  lyrics of cante jondo songs and siguiriyas  he adapted.  The book will be available for sale soon .

2013       Gateway to Nirvana

The Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, India, has been described as the greatest religious gathering in the history of the world. On its holiest day, Mauni Amavasya, in early February 2013,  an estimated 30 million people came to bath in the holy water of the river Ganges. Bathing continued throughout the day and the night as pilgrims hoped to achieve liberation from the hardships of re-incarnation.

The photographer spent 8 days at the Mela where  he stayed with the mysterious Juna Akhara, a group of sadhus who are the most mysterious and enigmatic of all the Akharas, building a portfolio of beautiful photographs which portray something of the devotion, colour and fervour of their faith. He also walked by day and by night through crowds of devotees bathing and undertaking riverside arti fire rituals, making photographs under the artificial sodium lamps of the Mela and as the sun rose over the sacred Ganges.

These are photographs of a multitude of people at prayer within a country often described as the most religious on Earth.

 Current Projects

  • To document Civil War Sites throughout Spainconcentrating mostly on Atrocity Sites,  Concentration Camp Sites and interesting/significant battle sites.  My ongoing website for this is www.spanishcivilwarphotography.co.uk.  The ultimate aim is to have an exhibition both in the UK and Spain,  and to produce a book of the images.  The medium is digital capture.
  • To document significant religious sites and occasions on the River Ganges India.  I have attended the Kumbh Mela 2013 at Allahabad,  Uttar Pradesh,  India in February.  In September/October 2013 I wish to document Durga Puja in Kolkata,  incorporating Ganga Sagar at the Bay of Bengal,  where the Ganges reaches the sea.  The aim of this project is to have an exhibition in the UK and to produce a book of the images.  The images and image galleries are contained within this web site. The medium is digital capture.
  • To document cultural aspects of North Africa,  principally Morocco,  including Muslim festivals.
  • To continue  documenting aspects of traditional British custom ,  custom and historical landscape.