Artist Statement

“... making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.” — Ralph Hattersley

My artwork is sometimes critical of society, yet always celebrates the miracle, the beauty, the absurdity, of our world and the people in it. I show the world as it is, if only we would slow down and look for ourselves.

All my images are cooked in a computer; some for a couple of minutes only, while others marinade for weeks. Either way, the result is true to what I saw through the lens. Although you of course would have seen something different. Art for me is not re-presentation of a scene, but creation of something new, with a part of me baked in.

Self Portrait, exposure 900 s
meditating photographer

Shape The Silence?

Silence: the mind stills allowing the eye to see reality

Shape: the clear vision is (re-)constructed for other eyes

There is a Tension between these, almost a paradox

The being of silent seeing, the doing of image Creation

My Journey

According to Mrs Walsh my high school art teacher, I am utterly lacking in artistic ability.

For years I believed her. And then I discovered Photoshop (clunky version 5 for those old enough to remember!) This was the passkey to a world I had always assumed closed to nerds like me. Stepping nervously through the creative doorway, hoping Mrs Walsh wasn’t waiting on the other side, I began to learn to play with light. Made a few images, even won a few amateur awards.

80-hour weeks as a surgeon, rewarding in so many ways, left little time for deeper exploration.

But I’ve woken up and remembered how important this is to me.

I’m back, and I have something to show Mrs Walsh.


Gold (Open Prints), plus H S James Landscape Award

Gold Awards

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