Having been interested in photography since I was a child I decided to take it up as a career, ...it was better in those days! I opted in to the processing side as it gave me the opportunity to produce my own prints, as well as learning from other peoples work.
Started my first job in 1968 with Grunwick Photo Labs, (before the strike days!) working for George Ward when the payroll was 16 ! Progressed to Valachrome where my new boss was Leo Vala, where I produced Cibachromes for David Bailey, Parkinson, Lichfield and Snowdon, amongst others. Moved on to TCL in the City where I produced giant exhibition prints, which often involved climbing a rickety step ladder in pitch darkness to attach the paper to the magnetic wall. Could not afford London so moved to Plymouth for a year, then on to Bristol to CPL.
The big move came in 1978 when I was offered a job in Düsseldorf, Germany. That was when darkroom techies were in big demand. In those days the BA flight was London-Teheran with a stop-over in Düsseldorf. Anyway, I took the job as the money was good and I liked Düsseldorf.
After working in three labs I decided to open my own, as I had a good customer base. The first few years were good as I was about the only person producing high quality Reversal-Prints. Then the computer arrived and things went wobbly.
Still hanging on by the skin of my teeth, producing high quality fine art prints on Canvas & paper using an epson 9900 and 4880.
Since London I have also been producing images for picture libraries, firstly for Bruce Coleman, then after moving to Germany, for ZEFA. (both now long gone). Have been with Alamy since 2006, am now slowly increasing the number of shots with them.