Mike was born in Aylesbury in the UK. From a very early age he felt frustrated that he didn’t have any talent to either draw or paint, although says that he always had powerful, sometimes disturbing, images in his head that he just couldn’t capture.
He started to use cameras when very young, starting as many did then with a Brownie 127, then a Kodak Starmite, getting his first Halina 35mm by the age of about 12 in the early 1960’s. This was initially to the great amusement (and some concern) of his parents and art teacher, for by 1964’ish Mike seemed to spend an inordinate amount of time lurking in early morning misty graveyards with his, by then, trusty Zenith B around his neck. His camera of latter choice for many years afterwards was a Mamiya C330.
He left school at the age of 16 with few qualifications and became a professional photographer, whilst studying part time at Harrow College of Technology & Art. Over some 20 years he worked mainly in large format Industrial, commercial and advertising photography. Mike was initially trained by the very experienced Chief Photographer Bill Baldwin at Forest Products Research Laboratory. Bill trained him to use cameras ranging from a 1940’s Leica M1, through to a 5 × 4 Sinar, plus rather unusually, a 1930’s 6ft long Xenon arc powered bench macro camera and a very large wooden Gandolfi from the 1920s. The Gandolfi was pushed around on wheels, with the ‘B’ shutter being released by using a rubber squeeze bulb. Mike was probably one of the last generation of photographers to mix up developers from raw chemicals with a mortar and pestle very Monday morning, with just enough to last a week. He then worked for a PR company, becoming their Principal account photographer at the age of just 19, and then for some 11 years afterwards with Beedle & Cooper Photography in Northampton. He quit photography after 20 years feeling jaded and bored and went to University for 5 years gaining BA (hons) and MA degrees. Mike then worked as a Probation Officer for 23 years, only taking snaps, often on disposable cameras and getting them printed by Truprint; Mike told me this was probably some form of protest as he had certainly not heard at the time that David Hockney was doing the same sort of thing in the USA, albeit cutting and pasting his drugstore snaps into spectacular collages.
Now retired, when asked why he is on Redbubble, Mike told me… “In my mid 50’s I discovered digital and became interested again without having to poison my hands with chemicals, from which I still suffer till this day…now I have fun with photography, as it does not rule my life and I might go weeks without picking up a camera. "
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