"I don't take pictures, I make them"
I wanted to be the next David Bailey taking photographs of beautiful models in beautiful locations. Realistically that was never going to happen but I knew I could take a very good photograph.
You see I had an eye, could capture a moment, be in the right place at the right time.
I didn't need to check the camera, you couldn't in the days of film. You needed to know you had the picture, the instinct that the shot was there, However, I wanted to know more. I wanted to learn.
So I studied, gained qualifications in Photography and Audio Visual Arts. I learned the art and technical aspects of photography.
I shot and developed my film, spent hours in the darkroom printing my photographs, now a dying art with the invention of digital photography. The learning process never stops and I constantly assess my work. My peers recognise my work and as a result awarded me a licentiate qualification from the prestigious Royal Photographic Society.
Nowadays everyone has a camera capable of producing high quality photographs. There a hundreds of people who claim to be 'professional' photographers as a result. The camera they carry is just a tool to capture light onto a tiny chip. Anyone can point a camera and take a picture.
One of my photographic heroes Ansel Adams once said " you don't take a picture, you make it. "
I don't take pictures I make them. From the shutter press, to the finished art you will display for years to come.
That is what I do. That is what I want to do for you. I don't want to take your picture. I want to make it.