From a degree in Modern Languages, via 28 years in arts administration and graphic design, latterly as Publications Manager for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, I began my photographic journey in 2013, taking the plunge in October 2019 to become a freelance photographer focusing on architecture and gardens. It was probably the local open gardens scheme that awakened my interest in garden photography, wandering round the backs of people’s houses in nearby villages, seeing what treasures lay in store. I love colour and the way the sun illuminates the delicacy of young leaves and petals from behind, and how a wide aperture can thrust a flower into the spotlight when it’s set against a sumptuous coloured background from another shrub. Walled gardens have always held particular magic for me, and one of my greatest joys recently was to visit La Mortella garden planned by Susana, wife of composer William Walton, on the island of Ischia - a truly exquisite place that I shall always hold close to my heart. I was brought up with a big garden, full of roses and a pear tree which my Dad tended with great love and care - I live in a flat now, with no garden of my own, so it's wonderful to visit public gardens and enjoy other people's hard work!
I'm a big BBC Radio 3 and classical music fan, I play the piano and have spent many years of my life as a member of a choir. I learned French and German at university, and more recently completed a diploma in Spanish language studies, so I particularly enjoy travelling to countries where I can converse with the locals, taking my camera to photograph amazing Mediterranean gardens and interesting buildings. On my own I've visited Seville, Sicily and Naples, and people talk to you when you have your camera, like people who have dogs - it's very sociable!
- North Yorkshire
- United Kingdom
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