Following an undistinguished education ("Martin could try a lot harder") and an engineering apprenticeship in a tin-can factory, a spell in college gave me what little I can now remember about typography, off-set litho printing, darkrooms and Rotring pens.
If only I'd paid as much attention to all that as I did to playing in bands, running the college disco and organising the end-of-term dances. I've been in and around the music business for most of the last 35 years, 22 of them spent working for a "major record label" (remember them?).
A deceptively amiable misanthrope with poor attention to detail and an eye for novelty, my interest in photography goes back to when I was a lad, back in the day when boys wore short trousers and long socks. My dad, noticing the covetous looks I gave the cheap Leica knock-off he brought home from the war, bought me an Ilford "Sporti 4", which took 12 pictures on a 127 roll film. It had two settings: "Cloudy" and "Sunny", and didn't need focussing. It later dawned on me that the convenience of not having to bother focussing was inextricably linked to the inability to take pictures in anything less than bright daylight - unless one wished to dabble in the mysteries of single-use magnesium-filament flash bulbs (I didn't).
I've come on a bit since then.
Staggering randomly between the spontaneous and the contrived, the artful, the playful and the straightforward documentary, as you'll see from my pictures I don't have a speciality (or a style, some might say...). Jack of all trades (you know the rest...).
Technical perfection interests me less than a picture that speaks to me (even if I don't know exactly what it may be saying at the time), or captures a mood or a moment - or just hits me in the eye with colour and action.
Polite request: if you have no photos that you'll allow me to see, then please don't favourite my photos, or add me as a contact. If you do, I'll block you.
Find me on Facebook
- London Shops 5,784 photos, 623 members
- Caravans Of Doom 211 photos, 40 members
- Central Park Dance Skaters Association - CPDSA 2,044 photos, 188 members
- Digital Streets 47 photos, 23 members
- Ghost Neon Signs 5,698 photos, 475 members
- Hodgepodge 406 photos, 76 members
- Global Photojournalism; Protest, Culture, Politics, and News 295,493 photos, 19,216 members
- **LIVE in CONCERT** 52,434 photos, 2,714 members
- American Foodies 1,972 photos, 67 members
- Guitars Made in The USA 406 photos, 90 members
- Mono MAYhem 1,734 photos, 193 members
- Typophile // typography, lettering and design 42,233 photos, 6,162 members
- Faded Signage (FADED!) 21,595 photos, 1,942 members
- The Revolving Door Project 255 photos, 131 members
- -= Street =- 3,794 photos, 84 members
- Greater Manchester City Region 21,619 photos, 213 members
- Manchester Xmas Market 480 photos, 38 members
- musicisti-musiciens 17,742 photos, 776 members
- MoNovember 2,355 photos, 282 members
- FELT LIFE 292,203 photos, 7,860 members
- Portraits... Get Closer! 394,003 photos, 25,247 members
- Larmer Tree Festival 2011 484 photos, 9 members
- NIKON D7000 CLUB 478,092 photos, 23,788 members
- My Love Affair With Music 99,906 photos, 5,550 members
- Old And Beautiful (buildings ,barns, shacks, and abandoned homes 120,711 photos, 9,431 members
- Tribute in Light 1,150 photos, 195 members
- The Groucho Marx Appreciation Society 319 photos, 134 members
- 1/1/12 - 366 - Get stuck in, how hard can it be? 1,162 photos, 11 members
- Urban Omnibus 78 photos, 59 members
- Been there photos 11,257 photos, 509 members
- Shoot The Freak! 65 photos, 21 members
- New York City Vintage 1,084 photos, 186 members
- I Love Old Signs! 65,346 photos, 4,628 members
- Washington Post "Seven Wonders" 3,839 photos, 378 members
- New York Photography 300,688 photos, 17,029 members
- Brooklyn Bridge Park Visitor Photos 1,025 photos, 148 members
- The Unthanks 28 photos, 11 members
- Signage & Typography 16,436 photos, 690 members
- Great Signs 89,220 photos, 5,299 members
- Larmer Tree Festival 2010 560 photos, 13 members
- Rockabilly! 16,291 photos, 2,739 members
- Panasonic Lumix LX series. LX3, LX5, LX7 148,168 photos, 8,673 members
- LUMIX DMC-LX3 38,603 photos, 1,485 members
- Ghostsigns 9,531 photos, 658 members
- Slice O' Life shots 18,327 photos, 405 members
- Burgers 4,213 photos, 634 members
- Cafes, Coffee Houses, Burger Joints, Food Carts. 45,130 photos, 2,474 members
- A Food Photography Experience! 394,486 photos, 19,841 members
- i love food group 404,195 photos, 25,062 members
- Catchy Colors 3,273,594 photos, 114,884 members
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- December 2005
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