Originally from the Isle of Man but since the early 1990's I have been living in Aberdeenshire in the north east of Scotland, Nowadays, I am based around ten miles outside of the eastern edge of the Cairngorm National Park, making for easy access to the hills via Ballater, Braemar and Aviemore. When I'm not at work I am often found away from the crowds hiking in the Cairngorms, looking out for ptarmigan, or on the north east coast, looking out for gannets. Failing that I'll be planning trips away to the west coast of Scotland or farther afield whilst listening to The Blue Nile or something of that ilk.
The first camera I owned was a Kodak Instamatic progressing on to a Praktica MTL-3 and and a Bell & Howell Super 8 movie machine. After a time away from snapping I became inspired into taking pictures again as an opportunity to record some of the views when out and about hiking and travelling. I am always eager to travel and consider myself to have been fortunate to have visited most of the continents and many of their countries - sixty at the last count - through work and holidays. There are, of course, still umpteen places that I would still like to visit.
After having an Olympus E-500 four-thirds set up I further ventured into the world of mirrorless cameras with an Olympus EPL-2. Mainly for the practicality and convenience of the small size - being able to fit cameras and lenses into my rucksack whilst still being lightweight for ventures above 3000ft. I am currently shooting with an Sony A7III and A7IV with Voigtländer and Sigma lenses plus an Olympus OM-D EM-1 MkII with Laowa and Lumix glass. A DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone and a couple of telescopes make up the rest of the kit.
I have been fortunate to have some of my pictures shown on the BBC Winterwatch and Springwatch television series' as well being featured on other BBC websites. Various national, international wildlife guides and outdoor publications have also featured my pictures. I had my first "cover" on the 2015 winter edition of the "Dee'n'Do" magazine, a publication based in the north east of Scotland, as well a picture being used in a two page spread in the "The Scots Magazine" - the world’s best-selling Scottish-interest publication. The Baillies of Bennachie have also selected my images for their calendars over the last few years.
I would be grateful if you wish to use any of my pictures for any reason that you would PLEASE ask my permission first. You can use the contact form on the right of this page to do so.