A little about me.....
When, a little over twenty years ago, I got to the point in my life where I felt I needed an artistic outlet photography was the obvious choice. I had long admired the ability of the most creative of photographers to "suck poems" out of the world, as the novelist Jack Kerouac once remarked. Regretfully I can neither draw nor paint with any skill whatsoever, I play no musical instrument and I write crap poetry. Photography allows me to to combine science, which I was trained to do, and art, which I taught myself to appreciate. I value them both.
As the eclectic nature of the images on this website demonstrate, I have yet to develop any one particular style. Perhaps I never will. So I simply point my lens at anything (or anyone) that looks like it might produce a good image. In my experience, the photographer Dorothy Lange was spot-on when she said "A camera is a tool for learning to see without a camera."
For many years a photographic Luddite, I've now fully embraced the digital era with Pentax digital SLRs. I still occasionally go up to the attic though and grab one of my vintage SLRs, some 50 years old, and put a roll of film through it. There's nothing to beat a monochrome image captured on film. My camera bodies are coupled with both modern and vintage lenses, notably from Sigma, Pentax and Carl Zeiss Jena, and the resulting images are enhanced, very rarely manipulated, with a range of software. I'm a member of the Royal Photographic Society (UK).
When I'm asked to name my favourite photographers and would-be influences, I find that most of them are long dead and a surprising number are female and have only ever worked in black and white. I would give you names like W. Eugene Smith, Vivian Maier, Diane Arbus, Dorothea Lange, Bert Hardy, Sally Mann, Eugene Atget, Jane Bown, Yasuhiro Ishimoto and Roger Ballen, but there are many others, both amateur and professional.
I have a companion website where I park my thoughts and musings on history, art, science and philosophy, ranging from a couple of paragraphs to extended essays. There are more of my photographs too: www.irefuteitthus.com