The North East gave me my career as a photographer. It was living on the quayside in Newcastle in 2001 – 2002 that inspired me to buy a film camera, load it with black and white film and start photographing the iconic architecture, new and old, that surrounded me. It soon became more than a hobby, and by 2004 sales of my black and white prints in local galleries and shops were supplementing my day job. In 2006 I took the plunge and I’ve been a professional architectural and landscape photographer ever since.
I hoped, a good ten years on, that my print portfolio would contain shots from all over the world, let alone all over the UK. Whilst it is the case that I work nationally and occasionally internationally on commission for architects, my print portfolio has not grown geographically in that way. The reason? Possibly the struggle to find time for my ‘own’ photography when commissioned work keeps me busy, coupled with being a husband and a father of two girls. More importantly, though, I’ve found plenty of inspiration in the North East to keep me busy.
The result of this is something rather obvious. My North East portfolio not only is larger than my portfolio of other locations, but it is better. Sure, I’ve got a handful of decent shots from Manchester, London and a few random locations in Europe, but it’s no more than than a handful. That’s because it’s easier to get great photography of an area if you live there. You can be more responsive to light and weather conditions, and you can get to know the area on a much more intimate level.
So in 2013 I took a decision that was not before time. The focus of my print work from now on will be the North East. Exclusively. (OK, so I’ve left some of my favourite shots from other areas on this site, tucked away under ‘other products’, but they’re an exception). This is a narrowing of my focus, and a placement of belief in this region – the region that has become my home. It’s a statement that I’d rather be known for great photographic artwork of a specific area, than a mixed bag of work from a random collection of places that I get to on occasion. If you want great photography of London, Edinburgh, Paris, New York, seek out photographers who are passionate about those places. If you want great photography of the North East of England – Newcastle, Gateshead, Durham, Teesside, the Northumberland Coast, Hadrian’s Wall, the Angel of the North – look no further. It’s what I love to photograph the most, and I hope that is clear as you browse this site.
“Thank you for the beautiful picture of Embleton Bay which I received today. It brings back wonderful childhood memories of summer holidays spent there!”
(Brenda Waugh, Private buyer)