After more than 30 years behind (and sometimes underneath or above) a camera, I would venture to say that I am a very experienced travel and special assignment photographer and educator. I am currently based in London, but over the years I have travelled and lived in more than 80 countries across the world - sometimes by choice other through assignments for the wonderful people over at GEO, Lonely Planet, National Geographic and many other national and international publications. It’s been a hell of a ride and the amazing thing is it still goes on and guess what? I absolutely love it!
Because, like it or not, being dispatched to every corner of the world to shoot something you never thought you’d be shooting (and I mean this in the nicest possible way…well, mostly!) takes an insane amount of effort, preparation and organisation, over the years I’ve managed to hone those truly mundane and boring skills to perfection - these days I can usually put together an assignment trip within a couple of weeks (resulting in extensive thumb twirling and ceiling gazing once all arrangements are completed!)
Marcel Proust once said that “the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes” - I have always liked this approach and this is what I’ve been trying to bring back through my images - show everyone who could not be there with me this incredible world of wonder, beauty and, at the same time, hardship, difficulty and a myriad shades of ugliness I get to see, smell and touch. You see, this is our world - outside our cubicles and our cushy sofas, beyond the boundaries of our modern cities - and what kind of people are we if we don’t marvel at its wonders, freak out at its infinite weirdness and yes, why not, go nuts at just how different it is from what we knew before.
Photography is, above all, a learning experience, a voyage of discovery and nowhere was this more evident than in the photographic journeys in the galleries here. It is this constant sense of wonder and amazement I hope come across through these images - not really being able to find that much interest in landscapes, I have chosen to focus on people, on the one element in our world which not only changes every instant, but also remains the one constant, fixed, axis around which everything revolves (whether we like it or not).
Because when I started it was insanely difficult to find anything (admittedly, this was back in the stone age when computers was something NASA had and the internet was comprised of faxes and really bad international lines) I constantly try to share the knowledge and experience I gain with every trip with the world - you will find some of the more successful stories here, but if you see a picture you really like and want to know more, hey, drop me a line - I’m notorious for providing more information than I am usually asked…;-)