I’m a freelance television director, filmmaker and photographer, based in Scotland, close to the Trossachs National Park, Stirling.
I’m often inspired to shoot the landscapes and subject matter near to home but given half a chance I can be found further afield, often in remote locations around the UK such as the Scottish Highlands, the Hebrides, North Wales, North Yorkshire, and Northumberland.
Despite the immediacy and convenience of the digital file format I’m still passionate about shooting landscapes on film using large and medium format cameras – I’m dedicated to working on classic film stock and striving to perfect my film photography techniques.
I prefer the slower, more contemplative process of working with larger film formats and the resulting aesthetic and atmosphere that they can often produce. I never cease to be excited by shooting on film, and hope that I never will. The anticipation of the follow-up chemical process - particularly when processing my own black and white negatives for printing in my darkroom is what I really enjoy. I keep any digital post production to the bare minimum.
My current film equipment includes my trusted Hasselblad 503cx, an Ebony 4x5 with a Horseman 6x9 back, a Pentax 6x7, plus a variety of wooden pinhole cameras, though I’m continually expanding my collection and trying out various medium format cameras.
Recent commissions have included documenting the BBC1 Brontë drama ‘To Walk Invisible’ written and directed by Sally Wainwright. The producers were drawn to my atmospheric BW infrared work, shot using Efke. I was also delighted when selected photographs were given a year-long exhibition at the Brontë Parsonage Museum, Howarth. ‘Workhorse’ is an ongoing personal series of photographs featuring the Clydesdale horses of Flanders Moss, Stirling, and during 2017 was exhibited at the Park Gallery, Falkirk, as part of the ‘Horse Power’ year of events.
I’m currently experimenting with the most basic form of photography using large format pinhole cameras combined with alternative hand printing techniques in the darkroom.