I cant remember how old I was when I first picked up a camera but I do remember my first real photograph. I was a young boy on holiday in Cornwall, frustrated with the boredom of the beach and fiddling with my fathers camera when a helicopter flew very low overhead. I quickly swung the heavy camera skywards and fired. When I got the picture back I was shocked. The helicopter was a perfectly frozen silhouette, hanging motionless in the sky.
At this moment I learnt something too profound to understand at the time. The world, daunting in its complexity would provide moments, seemingly unexpected moments, that because I was subconsciously looking for them could be pieced together to define me and the world as I discovered it. All I had to do was keep looking.
That was quite a few years ago now but the start of a lifetime journey. Like a child with a new toy I started photographing everything.
Perhaps the biggest revelation for me was being able to graduate from my somewhat tedious schooling and study photography first at Filton College and then Brighton University. It felt like playing truant, where else would I possibly want to be other than behind a camera or in a darkroom glaring into trays of chemicals like an alchemist waiting with anticipation for my images to slowly appear before my very eyes. Not only did I get to immerse myself totally in the one thing I loved they gave me a Bachelors degree in Editorial Photography for doing it.
I don’t think I consciously sat down one day and said ‘I want to work as a photographer’, I think it was just always my path in life and to cut a long story short that’s pretty much how my career began.
I have always been interested in travelling and with itchy feet I found as may ways to explore the world as I could. After working in London for many years it was no real surprise that I sought to fly off and work in Dubai.
Working professionally in, editorial, corporate, virtual tours and advertising fields, I consider myself very fortunate in my career to have worked with some amazing clients and meet some incredible people. The first time I had a picture published on the front page of a newspaper was for the New York Times. I have been able to shadow some of the most powerful people on the planet such as Michael Bloomberg, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Mohamed Alabbar and Queen Sylvia of Buganda. To find my images published all over the world, the Washington Post, the Daily Telegraph, the Globe and Mail or Le Journal du Dimanche. To be allowed into restricted locations to photograph the UAE Armed Forces, government institutions, prisons, airports or shipping ports. To be chosen to represent huge brands in their marketing campaigns such as Bloomingdales, Audi, Emaar, Armani, Nakheel, Etihad, Aldar, Jumeriah and Go Sport.
Photography has not just been a passion for me it has become a passport into peoples lives, one day photographing a construction worker the next day Paris Hilton. It’s truly been my pleasure to bring my love of what I do to my ever evolving list of clients, who share this journey with me.