After studying electronics in The Royal Navy and deciding maintaining gunnery and guided missile systems was not for me, I joined the advertising industry. My first employer was Collett Dickenson Pearce. This was followed by a move to French Gold Abbott as an account man. My love of photography took over and, determining being the other side of lens was where my future lay, set off on a new career path. I was lucky enough to learn my craft assisting some great photographers, including James Cotier and Terence Donovan, before setting up my first studio just off Oxford Street in the heart of London’s West End. Having dealt with Clients as an account man, their attendance on a shoot presents me with no problems, and in many instances can be a bonus. Them being part of the creative process on the day can often alleviate a few problems for the agency further down the line.
Over the years I’ve worked with some lovely talented people in some great locations whilst having a lot of fun solving the Client’s problems and challenges along the way. I’ve been slung under helicopters. Accosted in the middle of a shoot by someone straight out of The Sopranos on 133rd Street. Frog-marched out of Fiumicino airport by armed guards with 15 models, full crew and 20 trolleys overflowing with cameras and lighting equipment. All courtesy of the client failing to get the brown envelope to the correct Carabinieri on time. Learning my craft pre-computer in the days of traditional darkroom printing techniques and film when you had to get it correct in front of the lens before firing the shutter, digital photography has opened up a wonderful Pandora’s box of new working methods and I love it. Better still, I no longer need a team of Sherpas to help lug crates of large format camera kit & lighting around. It certainly makes travelling a lot easier and keeps the excess baggage costs down. Even my custom carbon fibre car tracking rig is so transportable it fits into a Porsche with oodles of room to spare.
After 20+ successful years based out of London, I’ve re-located to Cape Town and loving it. A photographer’s paradise of spectacular varied landscapes, foliage and topography. Not to mention the beaches from quiet intimate sandy coves to wild open ones with waves crashing over rocks of every shape & texture imaginable. Roads that Clarkson dreams of from country lanes to wide open Arizona highways to urban streets. As for the light … WOW! And it’s all here right on my doorstep.
I’m linked up with one of Cape Town’s original & most experienced producers who knows the ropes, how things work, where to source from and, most importantly ~ at the right price.
If you’re debating if you should come to South Africa for your next production, you really ought to. Everything is here and your cost savings could be significant. Just let me know and I’d be delighted help you out with my local knowledge and quote for you. With over 2000 commissions under my belt, I’m very proud to say I have never missed a deadline or gone over budget.
Awards include:- Campaign Press & Poster (Silver): D&AD: Cannes Lions: New York One Show: The Association of Photographers: The London International Advertising Awards: ISP Awards ~ 2x Gold and Campaign of the Year: MCCA Awards: Marketing Week Awards: RX Club of New York ~ Award of Excellence:
Clients include:- Amex: AMVBBDO: BAA: Bayer: British Gas: BT: Buell: Diageo: Digital UK TV: Fiat: Grey: Harley Davidson: Honda: HSBC: JWT: Kia: KPMG: Leo Burnett: Lowes: Olympus Cameras: McDonald’s: Motorola: Norwich Union: Novartis: Pfizer: RKY&R: Rolls Royce: Takeda: Tesco: The AA: The Home Office: Vauxhall: VW … and more