My passion for landscape photography grew alongside another which began back in 1950 when at the age of six I walked the "Lairig Gartain" with my father, ever since I have spent most of my free time walking and climbing the hills of Scotland and Northern England.

Soon the need to capture these magnificent surroundings led to the acquisition of my first camera and membership of both my local camera club and The Royal PS. Freelance work soon became an attraction which resulted in published articles on technique, image portfolio's, covers and full page page spreads in many photography and Outdoor magazines including "Amateur Photographer", "Photo Technique", "Practical Photography", "Black & White Photography" , "Outdoor Photography","The Great Outdoors", "Cumbria" and many others.

In 1996 I was awarded the coveted title of "ILFORD BLACK & WHITE PRINTER OF THE YEAR" to complement the Ballantines International Award I had won earlier.
A highlight of 1997 was receiving the Gold Medal from "BEST OF FRIENDS, a collection of images by members of "Friends of Creative Monochrome".
2001 was another successful year starting with my first solo exhibition "BACK OF THE NORTH WIND" at Folly's Gallery in Lancaster and ending with an invitation from Terry Hope to provide work for a new book. Along with well known photographers like John Claridge, Simon Norfolk and John Swannell I contributed work and techniques for Terry's "LANDSCAPES DEVELOPING STYLE IN CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY" which was published the next year by Rotovision. One unusual result of this was a request from a French theatrical company to use one of the images as a backdrop for a play opening in Paris.

Retirement from the day job in 2009 saw a resurgence in my interest in National and International Print Salons in which I have gained Medals in countries as far apart as England and India, Sweden and the USA, Scotland and Belgium, England and Ireland plus many Best Landscape in show awards. This rekindling of interest has resulted in gaining my AFIAP award early in 2012 followed by EFIAP in 2013.EFIAP bronze in 2014 and Silver in 2015



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