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After graduating at degree and research doctorate level in biochemistry, I spent 35 years earning a living at the interface of technology and commerce, the last 20 years being involved with research management at Leeds University. In 2011 I decided to follow my dreams of being a fine art/documentary photographer.

Education:
2010 - 2012 University of Sunderland MA Photography (Distinction)
1971 - 1974 University of Manchester PhD Biochemistry
1978 - 1971 University of Manchester MSc (Hons) Biological Chemistry (First Class)

Photographic Practice:
My interest in photography has been lifelong, initially as a means of creating holiday mementos, and then as a serious amateur landscape and travel photographer. However, from the platform of MA studies at the University of Sunderland, I am now evolving a critically engaged practice based on visual narratives which arise from, and which promote, serious reflection on who we are, what we are and how we relate to the world around us. My aim is to explore the ability of places and activities to render work which challenges mainstream contemporary values, and which can potentially inspire new and sustainable 'ways of being'.

Affiliations:
I am a member of the international art.earth network, and associate member of the academic artists network, LAND2.

Exhibitions:
Pending – Towards A New Spirituality, Lumen Crypt Gallery, Bethnal Green, London (Group Exhibition)

2019 – LOCAL, Ruskin Mill College, Stroud (Solo exhibition within Nailsworth Arts Festival)
2019 - Feeding Body and Soul, Halton Mill, Lancaster (Solo exhibition with Lancaster Cohousing Co-op)

2018 - Feeding Body and Soul, Storey Institute, Lancaster (Group exhibition organized by Lancaster LESS)
2018 - Unlikely Heroes, Garden Room, Dartington Estate (Group Exhibition curated by art.earth)

2017 - Unlikely Heroes, Bridge Mill 5, Manchester (Solo exhibition with Kindling Trust)
2017 - Unlikely Heroes, West Town Farm, Exeter (Image Trail/Walk with Organic Arts)
2017 - Unlikely Heroes, Harvest Farm Shop, Okehampton (Solo Exhibition with harvest Workers Co-op)
2017 - Unlikely Heroes, Ernest Bar 7 Gallery, Newcastle (Solo exhibition with Cobalt Arts)
2017 - Unlikely Heroes, Dean Clough Mills, Halifax (Solo Exhibition with the Arts Charity at Dean Clough)

2016 - I Grow, Therefore I Am, Cross Green, Leeds (Solo Exhibition funded by Leeds Inspired)

2015 - Bhat 'at: Contemplating Oneness, Dean Clough Mills, Halifax (Solo Exhibition)

2014 - Merge II, Whistle Art Stop, Haltwhistle (Group Exhibition featuring Mimeses North)

2013 - Merge, Design Centre Gallery, Sunderland (Group Exhibition featuring Mimeses North)

2012 - South Square Salon, South Square Gallery, Bradford (Group Exhibition by South Square Arts)
2012 - Mimeses North Exhibition, Priestman Gallery, Sunderland Graduation Exhibition)

2011 - Common Ground Exhibition, Reg Vardy Gallery, Sunderland (Group Exhibition)

2010 - New Blood Exhibition, Sandman Goudie Gallery, South Shields (Group Exhibition)

2008 - Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition, London (Group Exhibition)

2007 - Royal Photographic Society Projected Image Exhibition, London (Group Exhibition)

Books and Publications:
2019 - Feeding Body and Soul (Self-published and designed, handmade book. 40 pps, 30 cm square)

2018 - Forking Local (Photo newspaper produced by Transition Town Totnes for the Forking Local
Food Festival, Totnes. Design by Jamie Sinclair. 24 pages, 29cm x 38 cm)

2017 - Unlikely Heroes (Self-published, hard back ISBN 978-1-78808-642-4. Design by Jamie Sinclair.
Texts by Colin Tudge of the Real Farming conference & Stephen Devlin. 164 pages, A4 landscape)

2016 - I Grow, Therefore I Am (Photo newspaper funded by Leeds Inspired for the I Grow, Therefore
I am exhibition. Design by Jamie Sinclair. 24 pages, 29 cm x 38 cm)

Presentations and Conferences:
2020 – caught by the fish: A Story From Andalucía, LAND2 Network Meeting, University of Leeds


2019 – The Agency of Art and All That: A Review of an Activist Photographic Practice, University of
Plymouth, Plymouth (International Environmental Arts Practice Research conference)
2019 - Feeding Body and Soul, Lancaster LESS AGM, Storey Institute, Lancaster (Presentation in
conjunction with the exhibition at Halton Mill)

2018 - Photography and the Environment, Manchester (Redeye Symposium – Invited Presentation)

2014 - of the earth, University of Plymouth (Visual Arts Conference – Conceived & Co-organised)
2014 - Redeye Hothouse, Impressions Gallery, Bradford (AV Presentation)

2013 - Trajectories Photo Talk, White Cloth Gallery, Leeds (Invited Presentation)
2013 - Artists Anonymous, enjoyART Studios, Leeds (Presentation/Exhibition)
2013 - ON WALKING, University of Sunderland (Visual Arts Conference – Presentation)
2013 - Visualising the Rural, University of Cumbria (Photography Conference – Presentation)

Other Distinctions:
2017 - Runner-Up (non-professional editorial/environment category) International Photography
Awards™

2009 - Gold Medal, Trierenberg Circuit, Austria

2008 - Lowepro Award, AA/Sunday Times Landscape Photographer of the Year

2007 - Gold Medal, FIAP French Digital Tour
2007 - Gold Medal, FIAP French Digital Tour