I was born in 1961, in Surrey, England, moved to Vancouver as a toddler, then moved to Whistler in my early 20's. In 1983 I took time off Art School to spend a year skiing in Whistler to get the ski bug out off my system, but fell in love with the mountains, and never looked back.
Initially an airbrush artist, I expanded into photography with some hand-me-down camera gear from my parents, shooting skiing for resource material for my airbrush paintings. As my photographic skills improved I eventually shot more and painted less. I have since worked with magazines and sports equipment companies around the world as a photographer, writer, and equipment tester. I have also worked on numerous ski movies, T.V. ads, and motion pictures, as a photographer, a videographer, a production manager, an extra, a ski model, and a stuntman.
As my background is in painting rather than classical photography, I shoot from a different perspective. I don't try to capture an image so much as a feeling. I want the viewer to get the sensation that I have dropped them into a knee deep powder field on a sunny day that runs out in a sea of clouds, or placed them dead in the line of fire at the end of a 44 foot rail, as a smooth slopestyle ripper clears their head by only inches. I want to put them in places and at angles in which they would never be.
I shoot various other sports, plus lifestyle, wildlife, scenery, cultural events, and stock images for my more recent passion, photo-retouching, and manipulation. The mixing of my photos and art have opened more doors with photo art contracts making posters for ski companies and doing photo-manipulations for magazines. I have done advertising for local businesses, and slideshows for major events such as the World Ski and Snowboard Festival, and the 2010 Olympics.
My advantage in the mountains is my skiing background. I was a skier first, and have grown up in the ski world. I later learned to take pictures, not the other way around so that I am comfortable in my environment and am full able to focus on my camera eye.