first day I picked up a camera I had front row tickets for a Def Leppard
concert. After shooting the show, I was hooked. I continued to shoot
concerts for the next seven years, forming my own photo agency, Phantasm,
with a partner. We sold to all of the US heavy metal publications
and quite a few international ones. At the same time, I was also working
as an assistant to Mark de Silvio. This was mostly large and medium
format commercial shoots and the backbone of my photographic education.
the '90's I moved to the UK. We had closed the agency and I started
freelancing for a US music publication called Alternative Press. These
were the glory days of Brit Pop and AP had an anglophile editor. I
got to shoot it all. I joined with an agency called Idols who hold
all of my music stock and still resell it when appropriate.
During this time I also started to become interested in Fine Art photographic
printing. I took a number of advanced black and white courses at Photofusion
in London and was constantly buried in their darkroom. I was also
given the opportunity to teach the Studio Lighting course for two
semesters. Hard work, but a grand time.
It was after my father's illness and eventual passing that made me
reconsider my path and strive for what I was training for. Fine Art
Photography. I had traveled to Cambodia as an extension to a diving
trip in Borneo when I was struck by the nature of the place. Its ancient
beauty and silent energy enthralled me. I got to thinking about other
ancient city states that would hold the same vibrancy and antiquity.
That's when I started trying to plan my trips to Petra and Tikal.
On a shoestring budget I managed to reach each site and hoik my Hassleblad
through the jungles and deserts respectively, trying to capture what
I felt and saw. I hope that my first project will lead to other fulfilling
ideas and plan to expand on this, Eternal Cities, at a future date.
I hope you enjoy the site and my work as much as I have!