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My main interest is in photographing people. This is because, apart from animals, it is only people that convey emotion, feelings, and spirit. And for me, photography is about those things.


The photographs I take of people could be categorised simply as either in a studio, or, out of a studio.


With studio portraits, the photographer attempts to control all aspects of the shoot, and models would be chosen for the specific purpose, such as fashion, punk or goth, or tasteful nude. 


My preference is very much for moody black & white, and, artistic images.


In the studio category, I admire work by (eg) Cecil Beaton, David Bailey, John Swannell, and Barry Lategan amongst others.


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Photographs I take out of a studio use whatever combination of elements (eg people, weather, locations) that are present at the time. They could be sub-grouped into headings such as environmental portraits, street photography, reportage, or even photojournalism, etc. The images that I include in the category could be taken anywhere that the subjects frequent, such as home, work, at leisure, whilst travelling, etc, etc, and they could be taken in the UK or elsewhere in the world.


Although many photographers would disagree with me, I'd say that the border between the non-studio groups is often so blurred as to be meaningless. To further upset the purists, I should also make clear that I do not accept that street photography, reportage or photojournalism must be unposed or candid: if the subject is not in a studio-type situation, that fits the bill as far as I'm concerned. So, sorry to all you purists / dogmatists / bigots, but my opinion is just as valid as yours!


In these categories, I admire work by (eg) Henri Cartier-Bresson, Brassai, Robert Doisneau, Willy Ronis, Don McCullin, and Steve McCurry amongst others. However, I also watch with envy the work of two rising stars: Chris Kingsford-Curram, &, Lee Welton.



(with apologies to John Lennon & Paul McCartney).