I have had a life long passion for photography, born and raised in Birmingham during the mid 1950’s. At the age of four I could be found playing with my late fathers camera, a folding Kodak junior, eventually the camera was passed down to me by my late mother, which is still part of my collection today.
l was instrumental in getting my secondary school to invest in and set up, a darkroom. By the time I was sixteen I had already shot my first wedding. Upon leaving school I entered into the electrical trade, a year later, at the tender age of eighteen l was married and the proud father of a beautiful baby girl, Sharon Jane. It was at this time, in 1972, that photography for me really took flight.
In 1974,before the birth of my son James Robert in 1975, I moved to Telford, Shropshire with my family and joined the newly formed Wrekin Arts Photographic Club whilst for filling my duties as exhibition and competition secretary for the Telford Photographic Society. I eventually swapped my Canon FD set up for a Minolta Dynax before finally moving onto Nikon F system
For many photographers, the new millennium not only brought forth the digital revolution, but high-speed Internet too, photography as we knew it would never be the same again.
I purchased my first digital camera a Nikon coolpix 990 which is still in use today having been converted to Infra Red by my good friend John Powell AKA dotcomjohnny. It was only a short matter of time before I purchased my first DSLR to able me to use the vast arsenal of lenses I had gathered over a number of years.
Around this time that I became acquainted with the many Internet photography websites that had sprung up, but it was with the Dapa Group, in 2004, that I finally settled. In 2008, after the group gained membership to the Midland Counties Photographic Federation (MCPF), I took up the post of group President and I am currently working towards a Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) distinction. with the encouragement of John Powell and other members of the Dapa Group having recently reached my BPE2*.