I graduated from De Montfort University in 1999 with an MA in Photography. My self motivated practice is about finding new ways to explore and investigate the mountain and wilderness environment. My project ‘Spots-of-Time - the Lake District photographed by night’, part funded by Arts Council England, was exhibited at the Wordsworth Trust for an extended run totalling six months in 2008. It went on to be shown at The Brindley Gallery, Runcorn and Three White Walls Gallery, Birmingham. The accompanying publication contained an introduction by Lord Smith of Finsbury, better known as Chris Smith the former Secretary of State for Culture, and an extended essay by Prof. Paul Hill MBE.
Subsequent projects have included ‘Hill People’ and ‘A Place to Go’. The former is a series of portraits of those people who use the Lake District fells for recreation; they were taken during random encounters while walking in the hills. This work has been exhibited in Brixen/Brassanone, Italy as part of the International Mountain Summit 2010; Kathmandu, Nepal ,as part of Kathmandu International Mountain Festival in 2014 and in it’s entirety at Heaton Cooper Studio, Grasmere, as part of Kendal Mountain Festival in 2015. ‘A Place to Go’ is an ongoing series concerning poignant locations in the UK mountains. This work was long listed for the 2014 Aesthetica Art Prize and selected images exhibited in Belo Horizonte, Brazil as part of FIF - International Festival of Photography 2013 and in Derby, UK as part of Format International Photography Festival in 2014. In March 2015 BBC Scotland ‘Adventure Show’ featured a 7 minute piece about ‘A Place to Go’ showing me shooting images in the Cairngorms and discussing the work. I have discussed my activities on Channel 4, BBC 1, BBC Radio 4, and NRK (Norway).
I was recently ‘Artist in Residence’ at Forton services on the M6 having been commissioned by Leftcoast, an arts collaboration between Wyre Borough Council and Blackpool Housing. I featured as a guest on BBC Radio 4 Saturday Live 5th March 2016 discussing that experience.
My Mother grew up at Cunsey on the western shore of Lake Windermere, so I started hiking and sailing at an early age in the Lakes as well as skiing in Scotland in the early 1970's when both skis and hair were long. I've susequently skied and climbed in various places around the world, probably the most memorable ski trip being to Iran in 2011.