Renaissance is my second photoblog, and came about because having retired from my workshops, it seemed an opportune moment to change my domain and begin a new blog…
I’ve been a professional photographer for over 35 years, shooting a wide range of subjects since graduating from the College of Photography in Birmingham. My first five years were spent as a photo-journalist, followed by ten years in advertising and commercial photography. In 1990, Slidefile morphed into a stock photo agency that I co-directed, retaining the role of photo-editor and escaping into the landscape as frequently as my other duties would allow. At the turn of the millennium I relocated to Co Waterford and established a new agency called The Irish Image Collection, that was sold a few years later.
The break from the stock industry in 2007, along with the move from analogue to digital photography, presented a great opportunity to set up Copper Coast Workshops in which I taught photography and camera craft. The course participants came from North America, Africa and Europe and it was a great pleasure to welcome so many folk to this tiny corner, of a tiny island, at the edge of the vast Atlantic Ocean.
But times change, and so Copper Coast Workshops are no more…I am now concentrating on my own photography in which projects will have a more art based approach to my photography – covering landscape to still-life and all points between. However, shortly after bringing the workshops to an end in 2011, I received an invitation to tutor in photography, at ‘The Art Hand’; these workshops, also based in County Waterford, offer courses geared to all branches of the arts. (see the news page for more details).