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Photographer

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In the Omo Valley, Ethiopia, an inquisitive Mursi boy takes a look through the camera.

My personal passion is for tribal peoples and remote places. I am not sure if this has made me primarily a travel photographer or a portraitist. You decide.

Wherever possible I prefer utilizing natural light. Working as simply and as unobtrusively as possible with a 35mm film or digital camera. I use primarily a Canon Eos 5D Mark II but also my trusty old 35mm Canon Eos 5 for much of my black and white work.

As a film-maker and writer I cannot help but seek to find the narrative strand in my photographs; more often than not this can be achieved simply in the truly extraordinary and wonderful faces that I have had the privilege to photograph. Occasionally it requires something more. The Compton Abbas Calendar pictures set out to tell broader stories perhaps.

The art of the majority of these photographs though is largely just to put myself in the right place at the right time to be able to take them; there is no substitute. Then an interesting choice of subject and judicious framing produces most of the pictures you see here. I like to allow the photograph and its subject to speak entirely for itself and prefer an old school reportage approach rather than relying on the latest gimmicks or post-production enhancements to create a more commercial photograph.

I have been fortunate enough to have work published in numerous newspaper, journals and periodicals over recent years.

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