Born in Swansea, South Wales, some of my earliest memories is having a camera in my hand.
I remember running around the streets as a child taking pictures of people passing by, even though the camera I was using had no film in it.
In 2003 I took an interest in landscape photography and photographed extensively the Gower peninsular and later Fife’s East Neuk after I moved to Scotland.
I moved to China in 2011 just at the time that the Street Photography Now project was taking place and was immediately drawn to street photography. The Street Photography Now Community continued where the project left off and I was one of the administrators of that group.
Whilst living in China I documented the everyday lives of the city’s working class people and the urban banality that sometimes occurs with excessive urbanization.
Upon returning to the UK after spending three years in Suzhou, China, I eventually settled in Glasgow, a city that I find a hard but rewarding to photograph.
I am often found walking within the shadows of Glasgow, documenting life as it unfolds.
I love to get out with the camera no matter what the weather.
I mainly use the Fujifilm X100, which I find is a great camera. Due to its size and operation I’m able to take the camera with me wherever I may go.
The main streets in Glasgow tend to run from North to South resulting in great light on a bright day especially in the winter months when the sun is low in the sky.
I shoot from the heart and am normally attracted to pictures that show peoples’ emotion within their environment. A series of pictures I am working on at the moment Town of the Grey Dog shows people in their most natural state, totally un-posed and unaware of the camera. If you tried to photograph those same people in a posed environment the result would be completely different.
I mostly photograph in black and white but also have colour projects in progress, one being Green Hollow and another called Barrowlands, which is being shot on a panoramic swing lens film camera.
I believe we are all put on this earth for a particular purpose, and my purpose in life is to photograph and document life wherever I may be. I am totally addicted to being on the street, I feel like I am on the outside looking in, it’s almost like I am watching myself…in a way.