I am a commercial photographer with over 20 years experience in a variety of fields. I started my my career in Sydney assisting some of Australia's top photographers before going on to build a client list of my own, working mainly in editorial.The late 90's, after a year's independent travel, found me back in my native Cornwall where clients included the National Trust, Cornwall Today Magazine and The Duchy of Cornwall. I also worked closely with design agencies to develop brands like Caerhays Estate and Nomads and gained experience shooting production stills for television and feature films.
I recently moved back to Australia and am now based in the Northern Rivers of NSW and am keen to develop longterm relationships with clients
Specialties:Brand photography, working closely with brands and designers to develop brand identity. Fashion photography, architecture and interiors; documentary photography, production stills for film, television and stage, editorial photography and 'low key' weddings
ShelterBox Response Team Leader & Photographer
From November 2006
Response Team Leader and a photographer
I stated out as a volunteer and deployed almost immediately to Papua New Guinea to help people dislplaced by a volcanic eruption. ShelterBox provides shelter (in the from of specially designed 10-man tent), warmth and dignity to people affected by disasters both natural and man-made around the world. As the name suggests, this family survival kit comes in a large green box. The box also contains blankets, groundsheets, water carriers and water purifaction equipment, cooking equipment, mosquito nets, a tool kit and a childrens pack.
The duties of an SRT (ShelterBox Response Team) is ensure that the aid gets to those most in need. This involves finding a consignee with tax free status to import the goods, linking with other NGO's working locally, organising transport and fair distribution. We receive a lot of help from Rotary International and have to negociate with government officials at a ministerial level, military commanders (both local and foreign) and in country directors of NGO's such as the UN, MSF, and Save The Children. We then have to deal with community leaders at a local level.
My duties a a photjournalist include shooting imagery, both stills and video, to promote the work of the charity. This work is generally processed and edited onsite and sent to the publicity department via the internet. I also have to write press releases to accompany the imagery as well as daily situation reports and a more detailed final report at the end of the deployment.
I have now deployed 16 times, to countries as diverse as Somaliland, Haitii, Brazil, China, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and most recently Ethiopia where my colleague and I were charged with ensuring the importation of $1,600,000 worth of the help victims of the ongoing Somali famine.
Casual building and construction work
I have always supplimented my income from photography with a series casual jobs, mainly in the construction industry. This has given me many skills that have come in very useful...
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation & The University of New South Wales
From June 1992
Upon leaving college I worked as an assistant in Sydney with some of Australia's top photographers. Working mainly in fashion and editorial I soon began to build a client list of my own. Clients included Seafolly swimwear; Australian Rugby Review; The Australian Broadcasting Corporation & The University of New South Wales. After 6yrs in Australia my wife and I travelled independently for 12 months. Our itinerary included: Thailand; Laos; Vietnam; Cambodia; India & Nepal (9 months) and then on to the States (3 months). Stock photography sales from this trip have included Travel Photography magazine, Rough Guide to Laos & Footprints Hand book to India. We then returned to my native Cornwall where I again established myself as a freelance commercial photographer. Clients included The National Trust, Cornwall County Council, Caerhays Estate and Nomads Clothing.
In September 2009 my family and I moved back to Australia and now reside in Alstonville, in NSW beautiful Northern Rivers. Again I'm working hard to establish myself as commercial photographer. Clients include Kooga, Fabritecture and NSW Parks & Wildlife Service and recently my work has been featured in a coffe table book on Caerhays Castle, Lonely Planet guides, Air Niugini's Paradise Magazine and Outback.
Falmouth School of Art & Design
September 1982 - September 1990
Upon leaving school, a 6 month stay in Israel, working on a kibbutz and a moshav, whetted my appetite for travel. A series of casual jobs in construction, agriculture and hospitality funded trips that took me through France, Spain, Morocco; Algeria; Niger; Burkina Faso; Chad; Central African Republic; Zaire; Uganda; Kenya; Australia & New Zealand. It was travel that sparked my interest in photography and led me to studying at Falmouth
September 1975 - September 1982
First team colours in Rugby & Rugby Sevens
Images from my 2003 exhibition, "Poolside" held at Badcock's Bigger Picture. The collection features images of the Jubilee Pool, Penzance, one of the finest modernist coastal lidos in the UK. All images are available as limited edition prints, custom printed to suit your needs
Beneath The Surface
Fine Art Photography images from my 2011 exhibition "Beneath the Surface" The images explore the effects of time and the elements on the hulls of boats. Hardwoods, fibreglass and steel provide the canvas for these lived experiences. A lifetime immersed in salt water, exposure to harsh sunlight and the wear and tear that working craft are submitted to, combine to alter the painted surface. It is beneath this surface that the images lie. As I discovered the compositions, I came to view them as "found paintings", abstract expressions and aerial landscapes: pre-existing artworks waiting to be revealed. The act of framing them in camera defines and brings them to life. The more I pondered my found paintings the more I realised that these were not paintings at all, but quite the reverse. The act of painting involves the application of layers of paint, here the layers were being removed. It was the opposite of painting. I wasn't telling stories, I was discovering them, recording them. The stories, like the painted hulls, have many layers, some literal .... others more ambiguous. The stories lie beneath the surface, what interpretive meaning they offer is up to the viewer
Qualifications & Certifications
Geography & History
Falmouth School of Art & Design