Born and raised on the northeast coast of the UK, I have always had a strong connection to water. The natural powers of the oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, their reflective properties and movements have always inspired me to capture these elements with my camera.
At the beginning of my photographic career, before the digital revolution, I fell in love with the pure magic and mystery of photography. Endless hours in the darkroom processing films and prints, surrounded by jars of chemicals, thermometers, the constant sound of running water in a room poorly lit by a red light, with all sorts of equipment littering all over the place, was like a wizards cave. My memories are still so vivid – watching a blank piece of paper in the developing tray come to life was always mesmerizing. I think it was also the anticipation of it all, not knowing what you’ve got on your roll of film until it's processed hours after you have taken the final frame or how the amount of light exposed from the enlar