My life in photography has encompassed many subjects from landscapes and seascapes to motorsport and ice hockey plus weddings and various commercial work.
I have over 30 years photographic experience having worked as Technical Manager for Kyocera-Yashica UK in the 1990s with their Contax cameras and Carl Zeiss lenses. During this time I repaired cameras for the likes of Lord Snowdon GCVO, RDI, David Bailey CBE, Enya, Nick Park of Aardman Animations, Michael Winner, Magnum photographer Ian Berry, Smiths ‘Salford Lads Club’ photographer Stephen Wright, wildlife photographer Stephen Dalton and Major Walter Lees (Royal Victorian Order, Military Cross and a Chevalier of the Legion d’honneur).
A family interest in ice hockey led to me becoming the official photographer for the Bracknell Bees team and the ‘unofficial official’ photographer at away games for the Cardiff Devils, all shot on film with many hours in the darkroom each week hand-printing black and white prints for the clubs, players and fans.
My motorsport work had really started to take off in the early 2000s and my company CMWI had clients such as Mitsubishi, Peugeot, Ford, MG Rover, Hankook Tyres, Global Brands and Jardine International as well as being the official photographers for the ANCRO National Gravel and National Asphalt Rally Championships, Mitsubishi Evo Challenge, Ford Fiesta ST Sporting Trophy, Peugeot Challenge, MG ZR Cup, Rallye Sunseeker, Manx National Rally, Tour of Cornwall and the Goodwood Festival of Speed Rally Stage. Editorial work included the regular supply of images to publications such as Autosport, Motorsport News, The Sun, Pacenotes, Australian RallySport, Czech Rally and many other regional UK newspapers and magazines.
Many of my motorsport images featured a car in the landscape rather than just a car filling the frame but I had never gone out to specifically shoot a landscape until 2010.
I used the name Electric Lemonade Photography for the landscape business for many years, offering tuition workshop courses and photo tours, becoming known as ‘Mr Lemonade’ thanks to Jon Cuff of Lee Filters!
My image of Sturminster Newton Mill in Dorset was commended in the 2013 Landscape Photographer of the Year (LPOTY) competition and featured in the exhibition at the National Theatre on London’s South Bank as well as at Moors Valley Country Park. I was interviewed live on BBC Radio Solent and my commended image was also published in the Landscape Photographer of the Year book edition 7 and the 10 year Special Edition as well as the popular LPOTY greetings cards. ‘Stur Mill’ was also featured at the first BBC Countryfile Live show in 2016 at Blenheim Palace near Woodstock in Oxfordshire, that one image certainly opened plenty of doors for me.