I initially took up the camera as a teenager looking for a short cut to create the kind of images that my late father (himself an artist) so effortlessly seemed to make using a paintbrush and oils. After leaving high school in the late 80’s I went on to study photography in Manchester and upon leaving became a jobing freelancer taking on a range of commissions shooting everything from food photography and actor’s head shots to covering live music, state visits and cultural events.
During the early 90’s when photography was moving from film to digital I took a break from freelancing and spent some time travelling around the UK and Ireland earning money as a cook and live caricaturist as I went. Tired of the nomadic lifestyle I eventually settled down and studied theatre and drama at Goldsmiths College, University of London going on to develop my one man show as Louie the Entertainer
While performing had been (and continues to be) incredibly rewarding my interest in design and photography had never waned and so, bit by bit, I started to re-build my equipment and take on small jobs for friends and family until eventually I found a job teaching graphic design, photography and darkroom techniques at a youth club in Newry. However, it was only through my daughters interest in horses and horse riding, and my attempts to capture the spirit of theses magnificent animals and our relationships to them that I really rediscovered my passion for photography and it’s ability to catch and transform fragments of our lives and the world around us.
I describe myself as a Creative Generalist, interested in and influenced by a wide range of sources, from Folklore and Folk Horror to the work of Robert Crumb and Diane Arbus.
These days I shoot largely in the digital format, working on location and frequently use artificial light to sculpt my portraits and accentuate form, to this end most of my studio equipment is completely portable.
I accept private commissions from all over the UK, including N.I. and the Republic of Ireland. For more information please fill out the form with the details of your request.