Biography

  • 12 years experience as a professional photographer, working with clients ranging from large advertising agencies to grassroots community groups;
  • passionate about science, music and art, conservation and development, and the preservation of habitats, species and cultures;
  • 4 years experience as a picture researcher in stock agencies such as Corbis and SPL;
  • 10 years experience as a location manager and fixer, working with the likes of the BBC NHU, Jeff Corwin and Austin Stevens;
  • a Biologist by training, with a degree from Oxford University;
  • a published author of two 'coffee-table' books and many magazine articles;
  • slightly obsessed with food, fish, strange crustaceans and wild places.

Specialities

  • editorial and commercial photography;
  • conservation photography;
  • NGO photography;
  • humanitarian photography;
  • underwater photography;
  • travel photography;
  • music and event photography.

I started life as a scientist, graduating from Worcester College, Oxford University, with a degree in Biology. However, labs and libraries soon lost their appeal and since finishing my degree in 1993, I have been heavily involved in both photography and the environment. I acted as Science Officer for a reef-survey expedition to Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, in 1994, before joining Science Photo Library as a Picture Researcher. In 1996 I worked for one year as a dive guide on the remarkable island of Sipadan in the Celebes Sea, where I finally realised that life in the UK was no longer for me. After a short stint back in the UK with Corbis as a Picture Researcher in 1997, I returned to Sabah and the island of Mabul to work as a Photopro with Scubazoo, SE Asia's leading underwater imaging company.

I have had articles published in Asian Geographic, Asian Diver, Scuba Diver Australasia, FiNS Magazine and Scuba Globe, and photo credits in a huge variety of publications through my stock agent in the UK, Science Photo Library. I also wrote and provided images for two books with Scubazoo – ‘Sipadan, Mabul, Kapalai – Sabah’s Underwater Treasure’ by Natural History Publications and ‘Reef’ by Dorling Kindersley – and was commissioned to shoot for two other books published by Dorling Kindersley – ‘Go Dive’ and ‘Go Surf’. During my time in Sabah, I also worked as a cameraman on the first UK ‘Survivor’ show and Channel 5's ‘Killer Shark Live’, and acted as location manager/fixer for productions including ‘Life in the Undergrowth’, ‘The Jeff Corwin Experience’ and ‘Austin Stevens – Snake Master’.

After 10 years in Sabah, I decided to take the plunge once again – as a freelance photographer, based in both Indonesia and the UK. I am currently focused on building up a business in Bali, Indonesia, focusing on commercial and event photography. My personal photographic goals revolve around documenting the work of NGO’s, charities and other organisations working to conserve the environment, endangered species and disappearing cultures.

Equipment

Cameras

  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D2x
  • Panasonic Lumix GF1
  • iPhone 4

Lenses

  • Nikon 17-35mm
  • Nikon 27-70mm
  • Nikon 70-200mm VRII
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4
  • Nikon 60mm macro
  • Nikon 10.5mm
  • Panasonic 14mm Pancake

Strobes

  • SB-600
  • SB-900
  • SU-800 Controller

Bags

  • Think Tank Airport Antidote
  • Think Tank Skin pouches

Software

  • Lightoom 4
  • Photoshop CS5
  • Final Cut Pro X

Other essentials

  • Elemental softbox
  • Aquatica D2X housing
  • Zoom H4 recorder

If you would like to purchase any new equipment, please consider doing so through my Amazon Associate store!  You will also be able to see my wishlist of a few items that I would love to get my hands on at the moment.