Took up photography in 2009 - enthusiastic amateur, entirely self taught through books, magazines, web sites etc. Spent the last 3 years doing club competition photography but have decided to give that a rest for a while - I found it tends to stifle your artistic creativity!
Have really enjoyed doing long exposure work for the past year using Lee filters. I particularly love to capture seascapes as wall art and not necessarily as true reflections of reality - hence the slightly abstract, sometimes surreal approach to some of my work. I do minimal Photoshop processing, with every shot being a single exposure - no blending or layers used although I do use colour temperature to bring out dramatic feel in some shots.
Favourite landscape locations have to be East Lothian, Northumberland, Lake District and the Scottish Highlands. All time heroes - have to be Ansel Adams and Joe Cornish. I think it was Joe who said, "I take photographs for my own interest and if anyone else likes them, then that's a bonus." Which is exactly how I approach it and it works for me!
Always looking for that elusive seascape location that nobody else has visited yet!
I also really enjoy doing some street work during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. There's always some great opportunities and amazing characters there.