Welcome to Square Pictures, a website to showcase my photography and other projects.
I still remember taking my first ’proper’ photograph. I was about 12 or 13 years old, and it was a picture of a pony I used to ride at full stretch as he galloped across a field. Fast forward a few years, to when my grandfather gave me an Olympus OM10. From the first roll of film I developed (and nearly fogged, because I tried to look at it before I’d fixed it), I was hooked. I was something of a goody-two-shoes at school, but photography had me so in its grasp that, shortly after falling in love with the medium, for the first time ever, I bunked off a double English class in order to sneak into the college darkroom.
I went on to study photography at diploma and then degree level, and then, after graduating, fell into the magazine industry. Over the years, I was lucky enough to work for the likes of Professional Photographer, Photo Technique and Outdoor Photography. I am also extremely proud to have helped launch Black & White Photography, which I edited from the first issue until August 2007.
It was when I became editor of Black & White Photography that my own photography began to find its ‘voice’. I remember thinking, as the first issue headed towards its release, that I should run a roll of black-and-white film through my camera in order to get into the monochrome mindset. When I saw the contact sheet, I wondered why it was that I’d abandoned it as a medium for so long. But I set about making up for lost time and, over the years, gradually began to feel as if I was developing something amounting to a style of my own. My epiphany occurred when I bought a Mamiya 6. I didn’t develop the ability to ‘see’ in squares instantly, but after a while I began to get the hang of it, and now find it virtually impossible to shoot in any other format.