I trained as a teacher and work as a professional song-writer, but photography has been a long-standing passion. Creativity and communication are at the heart of all my work, but it's the picture-making that brings true re-creation.

I have always preferred being behind the camera rather than in front of it, but my enthusiasm goes beyond my reluctance to be in the spotlight. Something very special happens when you begin to look at life through a lens. With a camera in hand, life somehow slows down, magically, and affords the opportunity to see in the ordinary what so easily gets missed.

My love of colour, pattern and design inform much of what I photograph, and over the years I have been increasingly drawn to a 'close-up' view on the world. My preference is for all things that stay still! I am pretty much self-taught, combining hands on trial-and-error with reading books and magazines, and learning to look with a good deal of curiosity.

“The Great Creator made this world to dazzle and move us. When we slow our tempo to match the natural world’s, we do find ourselves dazzled and moved”.

Julia Cameron – ‘Walking In This World’

I currently use a Canon EOS 40D, with a variety of lenses (17-40mm, 24-70mm, 50mm, 70-200 and a 100mm macro). But it was my much-loved Canon S90 compact, whose portability really kick-started a habit of taking daily photographs. Much that I would like to be lured by the constant call to 'upgrade' equipment, there's nothing quite like taking photos to improve skill and inspiration levels. The discipline of a 'photo-a-day' project did a good deal more for my creativity than any new purchase.