I live in north-west England, I’m retired and I’ve been involved in photography for far more years than I care to remember!
As I get older I find I see things very differently from how I used to and my thoughts on what makes an interesting image have changed considerably. These days I seldom get the urge to produce ‘straight’ photographs and I’ve become much more interested in graphic images. Hence the majority of the artwork on display here.
Since making the switch from film to memory cards and discovering the digital darkroom that is Adobe Photoshop, I find my imagination taking me down some very unexpected avenues. It felt a little strange at first, but I decided to go with it and I’m very glad I did. I’ve made some amazing discoveries about myself and what I’m capable of.
My camera equipment is very modest (a Sony DSLR body, two lenses and a bag to keep ‘em in) and I never use a tripod or a flashgun or any fancy lenses. I try to ’see’ rather than ‘look’ and my greatest pleasure is to create images from photographing the things that most folk pass by without a second glance.
All my photo processing is done on Apple Mac computers (a Mac Mini and a MacBook Pro) using CS4, an ever expanding library of textures and a couple of plugin filters. I’m also quite adept at using that little publicised computer artwork technique: use of the Trial and Error tool.
Something else worth mentioning is that I don’t see colours like normal folk and, almost always, greens get confused with reds, blues with purples and browns with just about everything in the colour spectrum. So if the colours seem a little odd in some of my images, you know why. Some see this little quirk as endearing, others as downright frustrating, but I’m afraid it’s just me and there’s nowt I can do about it.
Please feel free to comment honestly on my artwork. Constructive criticism on all my images and designs is positively encouraged and is always welcomed.
Thank you for taking the time to call in and have a look around.