About me

Welcome to my weblog. I am a Yorkshireman living in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

This blog is about the ups and downs, and the nears and fars of my life. It is not a source of knowledge or wisdom; it is just a source of experience, opinion and occasionally some cynicism. Perhaps “occasionally” is the wrong word, though.

I have a dog, Maisie, who is 12 years old or, in dog years, in her 90s. I’m 385 years old or, in human years, in my mid 50s. I fill my time with photography, graphic design, web design and composing very bad music.

About my photography

Photograph by Lawrence Ellwood

I acquired my first film SLR camera in 1981 at the age of 15 and have been an amateur enthusiast ever since. I have invested in several camera systems over the years including Zenith, Praktica, Olympus, Minolta, Pentax and Canon.

Around 2001 I settled on my favourite system, Nikon, and have remained for the last 20 years with that system. In 2008 I finally migrated from film to digital and since then have enjoyed a much more affordable and instantly gratifying hobby.

About this site

I began blogging in 1996, back when I was thirty and the word “blog”, or even “web log”, had yet to be born. My blogs have all fallen by the wayside, as such things often do, domains expired and content long lost. Such was the nature of the internet at one time. Nothing in the ether was permanent.

This is the latest iteration of my blog and the first to use a content management system not coded by me from the ground up. This one, too, may fall by the wayside as all previous have. I am not promising anything. I’m fickle. As fickle as they come.

My website is mainly about my photographic journey and it features content and images created by me. I have developed the site to be “responsive”, so that it functions on desktops, tablets and mobile devices. However, while it is accessible on all platforms, I have focused unapologetically on designing for the desktop/larger tablet environment because these platforms’ resolutions are the ones at which I feel my work is best viewed.