In 2013 I had to take early retirement from a job that I really enjoyed because of a worsening disability, since then I have leaned heavily on my photography to keep me occupied and retain a bit of sanity. In fact photography has become as much a part of my pain management strategy as my medication.
Because of my disability, I have osteoarthritis in my knees and spondylosis in my upper and lower back, I really have to think hard when it comes to buying new kit to ensure that it not only does what I want it to but also that I am able to carry it. As an example I had to find a lighter alternative to my heavy Canon based kit, which included some ‘L’ series lenses and big tripods or give up photography. After much thought I opted for an Olympus system based around the then new OM-D E-M5 mk2, now replaced by an OM-D E-M1 mk2, which is much lighter and more compact. The tripod problem was more difficult to resolve, in the end I have had to go with travel tripods which are lighter than their full size cousins but unfortunately not as stable.
I enjoy nature photography with landscapes being my favorite subject matter, particularly where rivers, lakes or the coast features in the scene. More recently I have started to enjoy taking photographs of wildflowers and wildlife which does fit in nicely with my landscape work.
At the beginning of January 2016 I took the decision to submit some of my photographs to some stock agencies rather than let them sit on a hard drive unseen. After doing quite a bit of research I eventually opted for two agencies, Shutterstock and iStock by Getty, both of which I now contribute to on a regular basis. So far my photographs have been used by the BBC, Daily Mirror online, Secret Escapes, Camping and Caravanning Club and numerous internet based holiday companies.
Links to my stock portfolios
February 12th 2017