I was born in 1959 and have always enjoyed photography – probably because, though my drawings were accurate nobody could say without a prompt, who the subject was! If they already knew, then people would say that I’d got their eyes’, or suchlike – which prompted me to try photography.
Apart from anything else, it’s a damn-sight quicker than drawing – and more-accurate. That said, I don’t really photograph many people, enjoying instead landscapes (my beloved waterfall on the River Almond in Cramond, especially, or the architecture of Leith). Oh, and my dog. As you can see from my ‘avatar’: Alfie. Bless him – he’s 20 years’ old.
I have been published internationally but have yet to secure employment, which is rather getting me down [as the medications can testify].
Thankfully apart from the anti-depressants, I have the continuing support of my wife Lorna – we married October 7th 1988, and it would be lovely to be able to afford to treat her on our silver wedding anniversary. [That’s something that’s always ‘troubled’ me: If you’re married one year, that’s your first anniversary – so if you’re married 25: That’s your 24th anniversary..].
Essentially, I’m an unemployed “wannabe” photographer – despite the places and times I’ve been published.