I trained as a biologist, perhaps the most humanist of sciences, studying systems that cannot be studied in isolation but as part of a greater whole. I was drawn by the strong resonances from all sources that exist in art, speaking across barriers, a way of life in which curiosity and creativity are the driving forces. Much of my love for the material side of the practice came from studying in Florence with its respect for age old traditions. I have had to learn about many things, above all, others and myself. I have to take risks and be able to turn my hand to anything that sustains my practice. I am also extremely lucky in that I can share this way of life with my wife and artist Janet Waring. We sell work through galleries, exhibit, take on commissions, consult, and carry out educational activities.
I started pinhole around 2000 as an extension of my need to record things visually. Part of the pinhole process involves building the camera sometimes specifically for a given subject. This holistic approach makes the act of preparation, taking the photograph and printing the negative, a performance in which the image is the final documentation of the enactment of a work's visualisation.