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Born in rural NW England, I moved to Wales in 1974, and from 1986 worked as a designer-maker in wood. I'm a self-taught photographer, though we all may draw on the zeitgeist and what has gone before, and bring our own consciousness to bear. Making images might not be necessary to life, but can be a meaningful practice and exploration.

In July & August 2006 I had a show in Gallery 2, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, and later at Theatr Clwyd, of 50 C-type colour prints from film originals of Cadair Idris and environs that I called ‘Something of the Land’. The same year, nine images from the same portfolio were shown at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery alongside their exhibition ‘Art at the Rockface'. I designed and sent to print a book on Cadair Idris, and gave copies away to friends.

My photographic attention is quite simple and tends to be towards what's fairly close-to. This is how I naturally look, but is also a form of abstraction from the undifferentiated clutter of the world. I'm alert to natural surroundings, inhabitable spaces, traces of human activity, and with ambient light – how it falls, and how the world receives it.

Light, like music and like life, is in and of the moment, and there can be a visceral immediacy in our emotional response to its passage and what it touches and reveals. A photograph marks both its presence and its passing.

I'm also interested in connections between subjective experience and how it may be communicated. How we see and what we recognise may be tempered by our cultural background, whilst we all share a common humanity.

It was once said that the aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. Maybe photography as a medium can achieve something of both at once.

Web preview of my Cadair Idris book, printed on demand by Blurb.

My photographs on Flickr