While at school I was always drawing until I left and went away to sea at 16. I began taking photography seriously in the early 1980s, being self-taught and working mainly in Black & White. During this time I completed the old Bureau of Freelance Photographers course in photo-journalism where I had some publishing success. Being at sea I had the fortune to travel, I then lived in Gibraltar for a year as Coach/Manager of a Gym then went to Greece for eighteen months. I returned to England in 1992 and attended Southport College full-time to study photography which put the polish on what I had already taught myself and received the Licentiate distinction from The Royal Photographic Society. I then went to Wirral Met to study Media for a further year, specializing in Video Production. During this time I continued with editorial photography, had a couple of exhibitions and did some commercial, wedding and christening assignments. Eventually I returned to sea and did much more traveling, including working in Australia for a year. This time gave me the opportunity to begin writing and I self-published a few books in Sports Psychology after studying for a PhD online over eight long years. Since I retired, I have published three novellas, and I am continuing with video and photography, especially black & white film and getting back into drawing.
Photo at left courtesy of Brian Leverett.