For me photography is a passion, an obsession.
These days I mostly shoot film, especially with a Hasselblad 503CX and various 35mm cameras, including Olympus SLRs, a couple of Olympus rangefinders, a Contax G1 and various others. I also use a Crown Graphic 4×5.
Seascapes tend to dominate my photographs. I blame my father for this. He was brought up in Birmingham, about as far as you can get from the sea in the UK. He saw the sea for the first time in his teens and he never quite got over his wonder at that first encounter. When I was a child we lived in the Vale of Glamorgan, a short drive from the magnificent Glamorgan Heritage Coast. At every opportunity, pretty much every weekend, we would visit a local beach. On Christmas Day every year we would walk on the beach or along a cliff-top path.
I inherited my father’s obsession. And now I live in Barry, a seaside town in the Vale of Glamorgan. There are 3 beaches within a short walk of my home, each with its own distinct character. I can look out of my bedroom window and look out over the Bristol Channel. The Channel is an estuary, about 20 miles wide at this point. The Channel seems to have its own climate and, most importantly from my point of view, its own light. Inland the light may be cloudy, grey and gloomy, but out over the Channel there is quite often an enchanting, mesmerising light.
And capturing that light in photographs has become my obsession.
[I do photograph other things too, people, objects, animals, whatever catches my eye.]