Photography

In a letter to his son, the French Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro wrote: "Happy are those who see beauty in modest surroundings, where others see nothing. Everything is beautiful". And the great war photographer Don McCullin said this in an interview: "Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures".
                                                                         
Which just about sums up my approach to photography. I like taking pictures of quirky, unusual things which few people would consider important or worth photographing, many of which have a strange beauty about them. Landscape exerts a similar fascination where, as in my painting, I am excited by the bands of colour that make up a landscape. For me, photography and painting are inseparably linked.

Contrary to popular belief you don’t need big cameras and huge lenses to take good photographs. I've always used pocket-sized Panasonic Lumix digital cameras which, with their high-performance Leica lenses, do everything a photographer could possibly wish for. That, and eyes to see what’s in front of you is all you need. It's not the equipment that's important but what you do with it.