About the Book
This book shows the wide range of subjects that continue to attract me, though doubtless others would make a different selection from the still growing total. Many of the pictures seen within number among my most frequently exhibited images, including those in From Seeing to Showing*.
Visitors to my exhibitions often ask “is that a painting?“ pointing to one of the pictures. Others need no convincing; they actually do see it as a painting. But this is never my intention, but if this is a result of the way I see a motif, then so be it. But just how did I see it that way – intuitively, perhaps? It's difficult to explain...
*From Seeing to Showing; 2001, Aurum Press, London 2001, ISBN 1-902538-11-0
Born in 1925 in Grimsby, England I soon showed artistic aptitude and won a scholarship to study graphic design – studies disrupted by the war, and service in Royal Air Force. After the war I worked on missiles and the Skylark research rocket. In 1972 I was offered a job in the German Aerospace Research Organization, the NASA of Germany. The change of life-style in Bavaria triggered me to take photography seriously, making close-ups of Alpine flowers for my wife. This developed into a fascination for detail and still life, as well as landscapes, making images featured in my exhibitions and several books. We made many journeys around the Greek islands, France, Italy, Spain & Portugal, shooting literally acres of film. I have often said that if a motif presents itself suddenly ‘out of the blue’, I see it intuitively as a graphic image or some abstract design – a reaction difficult to describe and almost impossible to teach others. I photograph anything that stands or moves, or moves me.