I started diving over 40 years ago and quickly developed a passion for underwater photography. Several thousand dives later I continue to find and explore new sites around the British coast. Learning how to improve my underwater pictures is a fun and ongoing challenge. I am interested in any subject that makes an interesting and appealing image but my preference is for natural history shots. It is often the common creatures that I spend most time on.
I have dived all around the British coast, from the Scilly Isles in the south, the Orkney Islands in the north, St Kilda in the west and the Farne islands in the east. My nearest best diving is probably Plymouth on the south coast but the sheltered sea lochs on the west coast of Scotland are without doubt my favourite area. I also enjoy diving various freshwater sites that I reckon are often overlooked for their photographic potential.
In creating this website, my aim is just to have some web presence. I have displayed here just a tiny number of my photos. I share occasional pictures on Facebook but have not had the inclination to play with Instagram, Twitter or any other social media platform to show my work. Whilst I have dived quite a bit overseas I get more satisfaction from capturing images that show how rich, colourful and diverse British waters can be. Many of my pictures have been successful in competitions and many have been published in diving and wildlife magazines.
I live near Worcester in the UK, which although a long way from the sea, does mean I am likely to head both north and south for my diving. I am proud to have been associated with SCUBA magazine for 5 years where I co-authored a monthly photography column. I do not not rely on selling images or photojournalism and just enjoy remaining passionate about the underwater world.
Pictures displayed on this web site have been taken with different cameras and housings but since 2018 I have mostly used a Nikon D850 in a Nauticam housing. For wide angle shots I use a 6 inch Sea & Sea NX compact dome port and occasionally a Sea & Sea NX fisheye dome port. A Nauticam wide-angle corrector port (WACP-1) is used for wide-angle to medium sized subjects. For macro subjects I use a Nauticam 60 flat port; Flashguns used include both Sea & Sea YS110's and Inon S2000's.
My favourite lenses are the Nikkor 60mm f2.8 AFS micro; Sigma 15mm f2.8 fisheye; Nikkor 105 f2.8 VR AFS micro; and a Nikkor 28-70 D f3.5-5.6 lens.
I am also a fan of small Olympus cameras having used an Olympus Pen EPL7 camera in an Olympus PT-EP12 housing and more recently an Olympus OMD-EM10mk1V in a Nauticam housing. These suit certain trips where I prefer something small and lightweight. For lenses I have an Olympus 14-42mm and Panasonic 12-32mm zoom as well as an Olympus 8mm fisheye and a Panasonic 45 mm macro lens.