I am standing, looking at a wonderful seascape on the west coast of Scotland, a breathtaking composition. But, behind me is a concrete bus shelter, overgrown and abandoned...it is the bus shelter I choose to photograph.
I started taking photographs as a teenager, in Florence, Italy. I was there to study the city's art and history, but I felt frustrated that I couldn't express how I felt, so I picked up an old camera and rolls of b/w film. The photographs allowed me to record what is was that I loved about the city. On my return to London I worked for Sotheby's and studied at the Architectural Association, then worked in partnership with my brother in our residential and commercial architectural practice. All the while photography occupied my mind and I continued to take photographs whenever possible.
A family move to the US in 1993 allowed me to commit myself to photography full time, I set up a studio and a wet darkroom. Life changed dramatically in 2006 when I suffered a cerebral hemorrhage/stroke, it has been a struggle. However, inspiration and drive have returned and in the last two years I have been able to set up a digital process and print room and have relearned how to take photographs and produce prints in the digital age. The journey has been hugely rewarding. I am now back working on photographic projects and printing on a daily basis. I feel refreshed and have found learning a new set of skills inspiring.