My photography skills rapidly improved and I got itchy feet. In 1998 I bought a round the world air ticket, packed a ruc sac with the barest essentials and then stuffed a day pack with photographic equipment, two hundred rolls of transparency film and went travelling. Initially I planned to go for a year but travel suited me and the sights I witnessed were so inspiring, I didn't return to Britain until two years had elapsed. I had over ten thousand transparencies and I spent the next three months mounting and cataloging each image.
Having returned to Britain, I knew that London was not for me.
I currently live in the North of Scotland, near Inverness, with my wife and two infant children. I would still like to travel again some day, but for now I am completely content and happy to be living in a country that I regard as being more beautiful than just about any place I have ever been.
I currently use either a Contax ST with associated 28-85mm and 80-200mm zoom lenses, a 300mm F4 Tele Tessar for wildlife with matched converters and a 100mm macro Planar for close ups. The lenses are superb and a joy to use. More recently I moved up to medium format and acquired a Pentax 6x7ll with a 55-100 zoom lens, a 45mm and a 200mm lens.
What ever combination I use the whole lot will be firmly attached to a Gitzo tripod with an Arca Swiss monoball head, ( a fantastic piece of kit). I have standardised on Fuji Velvia film which I regard as one of the finest films ever made. It records my vision and memories of the landscapes I photograph, in a way that pleases me.
Currently my work is represented in books, calendars and Christmas cards. I now have work and written articles published in all the major UK photographic magazines. My aim is to publish a book or two on the landscapes of Scotland and make the tranition to full time professional.