About the Book
Light on the Lines features a lifetime of my railway photography. In my case, it really is exactly that because I've been diagnosed with terminal cancer with a very short life expectancy.
Many of my friends have asked me to pull together this collection of over 120 of my favourite railway pictures shot over almost 45 years.
In my life I've had two overlapping passions - railways and photography. That means I often look at things differently and focus on creating high impact pictures rather than focussing on recording the detail of the railway.
I hope you enjoy this collection of some of my favourite work. The pictures are complemented with detail of how the image was shot or by recollections of some of the funny things that happen when you point a camera at a loco.
I also hope you are able to take something from the book to inspire your own photography. When I was a teenager my Dad bought me a book 'The Lure of Japan's Railways' by Naotaka Hirota. I still get his book down off the shelf from time to time and it still inspires me. Maybe this book can do that for you...
I've been a photographer and a railway enthusiast since the age of 10. Over the years one or the other has taken precedence, helping me bring a fresh, approach to taking pictures of railways. My earliest memories are of my father taking me to Perth Station to see the last of the A4s on the Aberdeen to Glasgow workings. Even then I had a simple Kodak Instamatic in my hand. Over the years I moved through a variety of cameras and films, but somehow, despite processing and printing myself, I never was totally happy with the results. Enter digital SLRs. When Nikon brought out their D100 I took the plunge and bought one of the first into the country. Over four years I took thousands of frames with it and was delighted with the results. I want more than just a record shot, I want a picture that conveys the emotion of what was going on at the time. The result is pictures that show more than just trains - they say something more about the point in time when the shutter fired.