Find out about who we are and why there's a website where you can read about who we are. Clear as mud?
Who are we?
In short, I'm just one person. I was born in the North East of England and like many of us from this part of the world, I am extremely proud and passionate about where I grew up. It's lush up here.
I went travelling in 2010 and took a little point and shoot camera with me, nothing special, nothing expensive. I had no real interest in photography at this point, but as I visited some of the most beautiful parts of the world, I started using my camera a bit more. After a while, I had a few people telling me some of my photos were canny, and my interest grew.
From there, I did lots of research and reading, and went out in all kinds of weather to see what I could do. At first, most of my photos weren't worth keeping (I did keep them though!), but with more practice, I got better. I was taking some nice photos, and I started to develop a passion. I wanted to show everyone how beautiful it is up here, it's certainly not grim!
As I'm self taught, I still have lots to learn, but I'm getting there. I always tell people to just give it a go. If I can do it, I genuinely believe anyone can. Just don't get better than me, set up a website, and steal my customers (please).
I've won a few awards along the way, with the biggest being a Microsoft Bing National Competition. I was the chosen winner from 8,000 photos, and had my image displayed on the Bing website, I also won £10,000. I've had work displayed in The BALTIC and in Metro stations around Newcastle.
One of my proudest moments is being approached by one of the largest publishers in the UK, wanting to put a book together. The book 'It's Grim up North', shows the region in all of it's beauty, along with some facts and tales. The book is available to buy in various outlets including The BALTIC, and via my website here.
If you ever want to have a chat, get some advice, or just want to know a bit more about me, feel free to get in touch!
Thanks for taking the time to have a read!