I was given my first camera, a Box Brownie by my auntie when I was 12 years old, which was followed by a Kodak, developing and printing kit at a later date that kindled my early interest in photography. In my later teen years I had an SLR camera with a 50mm & 200mm lens. Whilst I was employed as the maintenance department Draughtsman at Western Mining my role also included taking industrial photographs using a 4”x5” Crown Graphic camera with all the film & prints being processed in our darkroom in the maintenance department.
A local photography business approached me about taking wedding photographs at the weekends which eventually led to me being employed by them full time. We had a retail store with a studio and our own darkroom, which we upgraded to handle colour processing as it was becoming more popular in the early 70's. Around the age of thirty I decided to move into the photographic wholesaling industry and was employed by Maxwell Photo Optics who was the agents for Nikon and other various photographic equipment manufacturers as their Western Australian state manager. I also spend some time in Victoria as their Victorian manager before returning to WA where I worked for the Maxwell Company until my retirement in 2013.
A lot of my photography during this time was done underwater which combined my interest in Scuba Diving. I held an instructors Certificate in Underwater Photography with Scuba Schools International and ran the Nikon School of Underwater Photography. I have lectured for Adult Education Department photography classes, the Nikon School of photography courses and I am a Certified Photographic Consultant. I have judged many photographic competitions for camera clubs, the WA Press Photographer of the Year awards and more recently the Mandurah Landscape & Portrait awards. During my wholesaling career I met many photographers who have inspired me and since my retirement I have had more time to travel and take photographs. It was only after posting images on the internet of our recent trip to the UK that many people asked if I was going to put them in a book, which has resulted in the publication of “My London Eye”.
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