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I was born in Bodiam in the county of Sussex but lived in Kent for most of my married life on the Kent and Sussex border with only with one exception when I spent a period of time in the Merchant Navy. My wife and I now live in the county of Cornwall where we moved to in March 2007 and very close to the Moors of Bodmin, Dartmoor and the Cornish Coast. Areas that have drawn us on many occasions over the years. I have been interested in photography from a very young age and it more or less started when I opened a packet of Kodak B&W paper which my father had stored in a cupboard and it was not a wise thing to do as I remember, as he was not very happy with me. It was not until I had married and settled down that it become more of a serious hobby and I started to produce my own work in the darkroom. Although I produce a great deal of monochrome images I initially started by printing Cibachrome prints, a very long winded and temperamental process. I still feel a good Cibachrome print takes some beating. I started printing Monochrome after I joined Tonbridge Camera Club when I see some stunning Monochrome images produced by some of its members.

My first camera was a Kodak 127 which was given to me by my brother so that I could record my travels around the world and I did take some very memorable images that reflected the time I was in the Navy. I could only dream then of owning a good quality camera at the time. However, not long after I was married I purchased a Voigtlander this was with the help of my wife who gave me some money for a birthday present, and little did she know what she was letting herself in for and where it would lead. My wife is now a very good photographer in her own right and on one occasion stated "if you cannot beat them, join them".

What photography has allowed us to do is to enjoy another activity we both enjoy doing together and this is walking. We like nothing more than walking the fells of Cumbria, the Yorkshire Dales, Dartmoor and many other locations around the UK.

I am a member of couple of photographic clubs and organizations. Launceston Camera Club which we joined in 2008. I also belong to the UPP (United Photographic Postal Portfolios of Great Britain) which is purely monochrome group, circle 5. I am also past member of Tonbridge Camera Club and of another monochrome group, Ag Mono which is purely a wet darkroom group as the name suggests. Leaving them only because we moved down to Cornwall and leaving some very good friends behind. I also enter as many exhibitions as I can throughout the course of a year. This allows my work to be seen throughout the UK.