Who am I?
"..............everywhere I look and most of the time I look, I see photographs." (Bert Hardy)
This is definitely my experience. Unfortunately I tend to see great photographic images far more often when I'm without a camera than with a camera.
I'm a self-taught 'serious amateur' photographer with 25+ years experience using film and digital equipment. I also have a PhD in visual cognition/neuroscience but no longer work in the field. Photography is my artistic outlet of choice. I play no musical instrument, I draw and paint like a child and I write crap poetry. Photography, however, is very much a science as well as an art form and I enjoy both aspects equally.
I offer no 'artist's statement' as such. I'm not exploring any relationship between 'urban synaesthesia' and 'mythopoetical reality' within the realms of 'neodeconstructionism' and 'subtextual desituationism' (all metatwaddle lifted from actual artist's statements). I simply see images I like and capture them as best I can. A scene either immediately 'grabs' me or it doesn't. I try not to think about it. Call it a Zen experience if you like. I don't. But someone once told me my images "tell tales" and that appealed to me, hence the name of this website. If any of my images 'tell tales' or 'grab' you then we share something. That's enough for me.
For many years my approach to photography was promiscuous (as opposed to eclectic); I'd point my lens at any scene I thought might possibly make a good photograph. Eventually, though, I found myself naturally gravitating toward certain themes such as street and candid work, especially concentrating on individuals, and dark Christian iconography. And more and more monochrome images. However, in order to present a range of my work (and not just what I like best) the images presented here were deliberately not chosen by me but by multiple others.
Many of the photographers who've inspired me are no longer living. I particularly enjoy the styles of Bert Hardy, Jane Bown, Gordon Parks, Dorothea Lange, Glenn Capers, Jim Mortram, Ara Guler, Billie Charity, Walker Evans and Vivian Maier. For anyone interested I use Pentax digital cameras coupled with mainly Pentax and Sigma lenses. I also occasionally go up to the attic and bring down one of my old Praktica film SLRs and a range of old Zeiss Jena lenses. When I do I'm usually amazed at how well they perform.
I've lived in a small village in Gwynedd, Wales for the past 23 years. Before that I lived in Adelaide, Australia. By the way, I don't do social media. It wasn't me that wrote that. Nor do I write in the third person. It sounds even more pretentious.