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Southampton based Professional Photographer offering limited edition fine art prints. Association of Photographers member.

Biography at Salisbury Art Center Alumni Exhibition

I left Salisbury College 30 years ago with a diploma and a City & Guilds Certificate in photography. I moved to London and took assisting work with several well known photographers such as Tom Leighton & James Mortimer. However, my mentor was Graeme Harris of whom I worked with for many years, who taught me so much and disciplined me in buying my own equipment so that I could start working for myself.
My first job was using a series of 35mm images of landscapes shots for the National Trusts' photo library, which are still being used today. I was inspired to do interiors after Graeme's wife bought the first copy of a new publication called 'World of Interiors'. I was so taken by the quality of photography, and the window into peoples' homes, that I realised this was area of work I wanted to be part of, and specialise in.  My first break into interiors came when the National Trust gave me a commission to shoot Laycock Abbey, and looking back I am amazed how things have changed, as it was shot on a Sinar f (5 x 4).
My proudest achievements to date are having the magazine front covers of both Homes & Gardens and Country Living, in the same month -both of which are on display.  Interiors have always been a passion of mine, whether it's getting the best composition from a small room or creating intimacy in a picture; where a viewer feels they have discovered a room; or that a homeowner had re-discovered their home, when they see what I see through the view point of a lens.  An editorial feature is like being given a guided tour with the homeowner, but through the eyes of a photographer.  Each shot must be emphasised by the use of the natural light that is available, however, I also have to work within the boundaries of reproduction.
I pride myself on my vision of looking at each room of a home, and treating it as an individual in need of care and love, so that I can reveal its' true beauty to show texture, light, atmosphere and emotion.  I use natural light all the time, and then manipulate the images in the darkroom of my computer.  From past experience I have gained an immense understanding of how light works, and how it affects spaces, and I always try to keep the integrity of a room intact, so that what you see is true.
It is because of this why my work stands apart from my peers, and why I have earned an excellent reputation within this field with magazines, newspapers, commercial clients and homeowners.  Over the last 25 years I have had regular commissions from nearly all the top interiors magazines, and over March to April this year, I will have features in Country Living, BBC Homes & Antiques, Ideal Home, Period Living and the Telegraph.  I realise that I have to constantly work to improve and learn new techniques, and also to diversify into other areas of photography, but more importantly to allow time for or personal achievements and interests to further challenge my skills.  I often say that I am lucky to do such a creative job, which I am very passionate about; but of course it is because of my sheer hard work, drive and determination that I am 'lucky' to  be within this field of work after so many years.
Salisbury Art Center Alumni Exhibition
The three photographs that I have chosen to display are of two homes recently shot, which both appeared in Country Living magazine.  The third panoramic shot was taken in Bartley, New Forest and is representative of personal work using different techniques to stitch and blend 3 images to create one.  I find photographing trees and woodland fascinating, as there are always so many hidden depths, textures and moods, which are so often missed by the naked eye – but there is always something else to see in a photo. As woods are living things, they are constantly changing, so that wood as I saw it on that day, will never be that same again.

I am pleased to offer a limited edition prints of my images, printed by Ted Chau at 
chaudigital. The prints are supplied unmounted.
Ted describes the following quality and steps to guarantee  the providence of each print.
"Our stochastic pigment ink prints are made on fully archival museum grade stock, and an identifying 
chaudigital  stamp is placed the back using pigment ink which helps establish provenance for the work. The prints are then dated and signed off with initials."
Each print has an edition number on the back of each print.The invoice will state the prints issue number.All prints are signed by the artist.
 We can send up to A2 flat, with larger prints rolled in strong cardboard boxes, by courier service almost anywhere in the world.
T.01794 519242

Red Dot - AOP Members End of Year Auction and Exhibition
2 December 2010 - 13 January 2011

                                 Bartley Wood
Two prints were at the auction .

Another AOP silent auction is on it's way,Red Dot' a hugely popular event, giving photography fans the opportunity to buy a quality photographic print from a bidding start price of just 40 pound! This yearly event attracts photographers, art collectors and the art- loving general public so they can indulge their passion for photography whilst benefiting a good cause. It's a tradition that has attracted visitors year after year and the auction generates an amazing atmosphere in the lead up to Christmas.All profits from print sales will be donated to the charity Photovoice a multi-award winning charity based in London. Its mission is to bring about positive social change for marginalised communities through providing them with photographic training with which they can advocate, express themselves and generate income.  FujiFilm are the proud sponsors of this year's RedDot.
Marina Syrmakezi Gallery & Awards Assistant
Head Office & Registered Office Ltd The Association of Photographers
81 Leonard Street - London - EC2A 4QS
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Wiltshire College SalisburyFinal Year Show  Professional Alumni Exhibition 2008
As a former student at Salisbury Art College I had six photographs in this exhibition The show was held at :
The Dray Walk Gallery
The Old Truman Brewery
Brick Lane
E1 6QL

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