About the Book
This is a collection of images made during my long residence in the US, and during several journeys in search of the original pioneer Southwest and native Americans.
The latter is almost impossible to find, while there are enough traces of gold rush days and pioneer farers as well as the Hispanic survivors of Conquistador times.
The images were made in medium format cameras on conventional films, and have been exhibited as classic museum prints many times in major European cities.
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.