Originally I studied
photography full-time for three years at what now is The London College of Communication. I considered myself fortunate in
being a student of such established photographers as David Hurn, John
Cowan, Jorge Lewinski, and photographic educator Bill Jay. My very first work was
as an assistant to an advertising and fashion photographer.
I then went on to work in the fields of audio visual and media
resources:- producing audio visual and media materials for education and
training, working in the mass training of teachers in 16mm film
projection, and producing educational and training videos. I also worked
in press, PR and exhibition work.
In my late
thirties I became a mature student and gained a degree in
Photographic Media from the University of Westminster. The second half of my career
was spent in three London Colleges
initially as a lecturer in photography and video, and
latterly as the Head of a large Creative Studies Faculty.
During my time in these colleges I worked
exclusively with media, audio visual and video production based courses that were
on the needs of the still and moving image
production industries. I always championed the need to identify
vocational production based courses as being separate from
the theoretical and academic media studies courses which
have been responsible for many confusions within the
industry as to what is
going on inside media training in education.
I was also part of the team that wrote the first ever BTEC National Diploma in Media
Production. I also undertook placements for myself over several
years working in colleges in Eindhoven and Chicago. In
addition it was important to build up a network of
industrial work placements and contacts to interface with
courses. This, together with the undertaking of regular personal
freelance projects, kept my experience current
and helped to fulfil the need of students and courses to keep
relevant to the employment skill base of the creative industries.
In my mid fifties I decided to retire early
to pursue a number of personal creative projects and interests.
Amongst these have been contributing
regular feature articles on various aspects of cinema
exhibition to the international magazine "Cinema Technology".
Also as part of a professional media and film industry
society I have been devoting time to the re-establishment
and re-vitalisation of that
Society’s course accreditation
scheme. In 2012 I had the honour of being awarded a
Fellowship of that Society,
Throughout my career I have had work
published and sold, and my photographs have been
exhibited at the Newcastle Arts Festival, The
Photographers Gallery, London, and the Ziff Davis
Gallery in New York. Retiring from full-time
salaried employment in my mid fifties, has allowed
me to concentrate more on my own personal
photography and creative projects. I live in Croydon, London. My favourite camera is a Lindt 35, the one with the white
chocolate lens surround. I also have a chocolate problem.
My daughter, Helen, has had significant experience in the areas of curating photographic exhibitions and displays, writing and speaking on
photography and also been involved with photographic initiatives and