Like many photographers working today, my path to this point has not been straightforward, though with hindsight there's always been an alternative thread to my technical life gently bubbling in the background.
I began my career with a physics degree which took me into the electronics industry. I spent a couple of decades as a software engineer at IBM before a shorter period employed as a technical illustrator. Latterly, I realised the joys of technical work life had paled: time for a new challenge ...
Since my school days the outdoors and nature have complemented and enriched my day-to-day life. I worked from my mid-teens till leaving university at a garden centre, plant nursery and parks department. While working in software design I spent five years in part-time education studying for the (old) RHS Diploma in Horticulture **, with the intention of a career change that never occurred.
Gardens and nature have woven themselves into my life since childhood. I considered studying art at college, but the scientific route won out. All the same, photography and painting have often, throughout the years, earned me a little 'pocket money' and supplied a mental escape.
So when I left 'conventional' work, photography was an obvious direction to take. Whether photographing the natural world from more unusual angles or close-up studio shots, both have opened up my visual world. My technical and illustration background has helped underpin my conversion to creative, freelance work. Creating imagery for sale and commissions, with an artistic eye and/or with technical detail, is now my focus and passion.
** The Master of Horticulture stage 1 was renamed as the old RHS Diploma in Horticulture, which has subsequently been replaced be the current examinations.