I took my first railway picture as a teenager in 1958 and it has been my main hobby
(some would say childish obsession) ever since. I started with a Kodak box camera
and moved onto a Voigtlander folding camera. I changed to 35mm in 1964 with a Periflex.
A highlight in 1977 was the purchase of a new Nikkormat FT3 and I have stayed faithful
to Nikon for my 35mm film and current digital cameras.
I also used a Mamiya 645 for medium format colour negatives and used to process my
own colour prints.
After “real” steam finished in August 1968 I started photographing motor sport: motor
racing at Oulton Park and rallying all over the UK. The latter included the home
International rallies, where I was one of the official photographers on behalf of
Rally Sport Magazine. Bitten by the rally bug I built a Mini Cooper S rally car in
1976 and I entered club events with reasonable success. I sold the car in 1982. The
balance of photography then swung back to railways although I still photograph occasional
motor sport events.
I have been a member of the RCTS Photographic Portfolios since 1966 and this is where
I learned about the quality
and angle of light, composition and all other things pertaining to photography. I
thank the Portfolio members for their comments and critiques on my entries which,
I think, has helped me to improve my photography. As a result I am a fan of rear
three quarter, glint or silhouette lighting. I also try to choose interesting locations.
Until 1985 I lived in North Cheshire and then the job brought me to Edinburgh, hence
the greater frequency of Scottish locations since then.
Following my move to Scotland, Douglas Hodgins and I co-authored three volumes of
the Silver Link British Railways Past & Present series. They are volumes 9, 19 and
31. I did all the “present” photography. These can be obtained through Silver Link
Retirement came in 2004 and I love the freedom that this allows for me to pursue
Recently I have self-published five railway photo books with Blurb and details and
links are on the Books page.
During 2013-15 I am documenting progress on the Borders Railway with results being
shown in the Borders Railway Gallery.