I come from the North East of England, where I've lived all my life. I'm largely a self taught photographer (having only taken up photography seriously a few years before retirement). My favourite genre is "Street Photography", although I prefer to call it "Observational Photography" because of the pro-active process involved. For me the capturing of life on the streets provides an endless tapestry of the human condition in all its guises. It never ceases to amaze. In addition I always have a number of projects "on the boil" and I'm currently also developing more surreal and conceptual ideas. Over the past few years I've staged several successful exhibitions in galleries across North East England. I've had a number of photographs featured in magazines and newspapers and In November 2014 I achieved a "runner-up" in the Port of Tyne Reflect Awards photography competition, the largest in the North East of England, attracting more than 4,000 entries. In March 2016 one of my photographs was featured in the "British Life Photographic Awards Exhibition" at the Mall Galleries in London, receiving a "highly commended" in the "Street Life" category. The image is also in the British Life book , portfolio 2. And as recently as May 2017 I received runner up in the "Only in the North" Competition, which was organised by the prestigious Bowes Museum and judged by Martin Parr.