Over the years, I’ve worked in the photographic industry as an assistant, agent, retoucher and printmaker.
Of course, I’ve also worked as a photographer but I don’t really count it as work — photography is a medium that’s pumping through my veins and simply a large part of who I am.
I feel like I’ve carried a camera for as long as I can remember — at least since my grandmother gave me an old Kodak Instamatic at the age of nine anyway…
Today, I make my photographs exactly as the Victorians used to between the 1850s and 1880s using a process known as Wet Plate Collodion.
The photographs are made directly onto glass or metal. The whole procedure — from sensitising the plate through to developing and fixing it — is carried out using a portable darkbox or, more recently, in Neena (my decommissioned NHS ambulance).
Unlike many contemporary photographic processes, each plate is unique, unreproducible and irreplaceable — a true one-off.
If you’re interested in buying any of the work on these pages or you’d like me to make a photograph for you, please use the Contact Me page to get in touch.
I’ll look forward to hearing from you…
2nd July 2014, Newcastle upon Tyne