I was born in the United Kingdom and came to the United States in 1974 where I’ve lived (apart from eight years in Switzerland and France from 1990-1998). I’ve lived in New York City (Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island) for brief periods and for a longer period on Long Island. Most recently I’ve been living in the lower Hudson Valley.
Until recently I’d have said that my interest in photography came from a gift from my wife in the mid 1970s: a Minolta Hi-Matic 7sii. However, not too long ago I discovered an old photograph of my father that reminded me that I had had a camera when I was a kid. It was a Kodak Brownie Vecta. I had forgotten all about it until I came across the photograph. May love of old rangefinder film cameras certainly comes from the Minolta though.
I’m interested in history and I like to take pictures of old places, things etc. – especially those, which in the future may disappear. I’m a big fan of Berenice Abbott and Walker Evans. and particularly Eugene Atget. At the moment I largely shoot with a Sony Nex 5n and a variety of Sony E mount lenses as well as legacy lenses with appropriate adaptors. On occasion I shoot with older manual film cameras (Rangefinders, SLRs and point and shoots). I’ve been married for 35 years and have two children and four grand children.