12 Ceremonies in 5 days, very busy week but a job I always enjoy covering for Aston University. Pictures will be used for next years graduation brochure and general marketing throughout the year.
I’ve recently started working for Wolverhampton Grammar School, taking pictures for their magazines, marketing and PR use.
One of my first jobs I shot for them was to photograph the music writers of Horrible Histories at their recording studio in Leamington Spa. Horrible Histories is one of the best programmes on CBBC and this parody of the Smiths is well worth a listen https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/watch/charles-dickens-miserable-song
I’ve also shot all the production and poster photography for the school’s forthcoming production of Blue Stockings, which is on at the school 13th to 15th February.
Delighted to have been selected to exhibit at this years RBSA Photographic Prize Exhibition 2019. Exhibition website
Framed and unframed prints will be available from the venue, Feb 14th 2019 until 9th March 2019, Argentea Gallery, 28 St Paul’s Square, Birmingham, B3 1RB .
This year is my 25th year as a professional photographer. My career started with these two images, published in the Congleton Guardian.
I was driving home after completing a college project in Macclesfield and saw some smoke rising over Congleton. It turned out that a factory had been set alight in an arson attack.
Shortly after these images were published I started supplying the Guardian group newspapers with images on a freelance basis. Along with my photography college work, early to mid 1994 was a very busy time.
In September ’94 I was offered a staff position with the newspaper.
Two years later I joined the Gloucestershire Echo as a senior staff photographer and in 1999 I joined the Birmingham Post. At that time the Post was one of the best regional newspapers in the country to work for as a photographer. Images were used really well and we were encouraged to shoot images that were different. We were also one of the first newspapers in the country to be fully digital, probably about two years too early. The cameras were slow, they had a delay on the shutter and everything was magenta. Sending images from location was also a bit of a challenge, it was the days before 3G, so getting a usable data signal could cause problems when the deadline was 10 minutes.
In 2003 I made the choice to go freelance and in my first year I picked up several large clients that I still work for today.
My career has taken me to war zones, all around the UK, Ireland and Europe. I’ve photographed Prime Ministers, pop stars, celebrities, Royalty and had the opportunity to meet some of the most wonderful and interesting people. I’ve also worked in Wembley stadium, Downing Street, Millennium Dome (opening night 1999, probably the worse place to be that night, it had very little atmosphere!), rock festivals, concerts and some amazing factories, offices and shops all around the UK. My freelance archive currently has over 220,000 images in it, add my press photographer career and I estimate I’ve supplied around 350,000 images and negatives since 1994, around 38 images per day.
Thank you to everyone I have worked for since 1994, the picture editors and editors who encouraged my development in the 1990’s and all the clients who have encouraged me to get the best images I can.
Some of my favourite pictures taken during a very busy 2018.
Hope everyone has a good Christmas and I look forward to working with you all in 2019.
One of my regular clients for the past 15 years Aston University recently redesigned their Alumni magazine and wanted some creative portraits to illustrate a couple of the stories.
Once again, I had a very happy client when they saw the results, can’t wait to see the magazine in September.