I used to earn my living shooting in colour for travel books, with a journalistic edge for travel magazines, and in black and white for books about various aspects of London life. In my spare time I taught photography in a classroom setting. After a foray into 3D photography I turned my back on travelling and the commercial scene, moving to France to pursue more of my own photographic projects and to start a family. In my dwindling spare time I ran photographic tours. Often to Morocco, but also to other parts of the globe. Now I find that in the digital age, the commercial sector I used to earn my living from has all but disappeared and the internet is awash with free imagery, much of it technically superb but depressingly predictable. Photography has undergone a revolution, but for it truly come of age I believe that many pracitioners still need to recognise the characteristics that make it a unique artform, and to relax and learn to use the technology more meaningfully. Sadly, the internet favours immeadiately impactful images, and so the most reflective work is in danger of being buried in the deluge.
Returning to the UK with my family, I now find myself teaching photography to full-time students of Art and Design and trying to inspire these young people to become literate in the subject and excited by the unique creative opportunities it provides, either if they want to practice photography in its own right, but especially if they recognise how photography can add to their arsenal of tools for self expression in ways no other medium can.