I am mountaineer, photographer and writer on the mountains of Britain and The Himalaya. Born and educated in Liverpool, I now live and work in the village of Invermoriston in the Scottish Highlands.
I have been an active mountaineer for more than 45 years; an interest in mountains and photography, awakened in 1972, was inspired further by images published from the British Everest and American K2 Expeditions in 1975. This would subsequently encourage me to research, organise and then lead trekking, climbing and photographic expeditions to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim, India and Pakistan. Those visits to the Himalaya now total twenty five, and they continue today.
By 1986 I had established commercial relationships with several travel companies, including ExplorAsia, The Ultimate Travel Company (formerly known as Worldwide Journeys and Expeditions) and KE Adventure Travel, and for the next 20 years worked in the travel industry as a trekking consultant, professional trekking guide and expedition leader. As a frequent visitor to The Himalaya, I have accumulated an extensive collection of photographs of the region, particularly of the great 8000 metre peaks - the very highest mountains in the world.
My written work, much of which related to travel in the Himalayan regions, accompanied by a significant amount of photography, appeared in the major climbing magazines of the 1980's and 1990's, namely 'The Great Outdoors, Climber and Hillwalker, Lakeland Walker, High and Trail Magazine. My images have also appeared high profile works by other writers, including 'On Top of the World' by John Cleare, 'The Magic of the Munros' and 'The Call of The Corbetts' by Irvine Butterfield, 'Exploring the North-West of Scotland' and 'Wild Walks' by Richard Gilbert and 'Wilderness Walks' by Cameron McNeish.
As a consequence of exposing my work to a wider audience, either at public lectures or in climbing magazines, I decided to publish a selection of images in the form of prints. As a resident of Fort William at the time, the print I chose to launch onto the market was 'Ben Nevis in Winter Raiment'. It was an instant success; it led to the development the wider range of products that continues today and, in 1983, gave birth to my business Mountain Images.
My portfolio transcends the accepted boundaries of landscape photography. I am a 'mountain man' through and through, and so my images are taken from that perspective. I am a sensitive observer of landscape and light, and I hope that my love for, and understanding of this environment is reflected in every image.
Between 1975 and 1989, I captured all of my material in 35mm format using Olympus OM system cameras and lenses which I chose because they were simple to use, light and compact. They proved to be very reliable cameras and perfect for the conditions in the Himalaya with its extremes of temperature and altitude.
I moved up to medium format in 1988, initially using a Fuji 645 for the same reasons of light weight and convenience. Several different systems and cameras were to follow including, in 1997, the specialist panoramic Fuji GX617 which was an excellent, new and captivating format for a rapidly expanding portfolio.
Film stock in the early days was Kodak Ektachrome Professional 64, but later Fuji Velvia 50.
In 1999 I was one of the first outdoor photographers to identify the benefits of working in digital format, inclined towards this medium as soon as the technology had advanced enough to produce images of acceptable quality and was a practical alternative to film for the professional photographer working in the outdoors, particularly at high altitudes.
I have worked exclusively in digital format since 2003.
Principal Equipment & Software (December 2020)
Nikon D850 Camera
Nikon D7200 Camera
Nikkor 16-35mm f4 G AF-S ED Lens
Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 G AF-S ED Lens
Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 G AF-S ED VRII Lens
Nikkor AF-S DX 16-80mm f2.8-4 ED VR Lens
Gitzo GT3542LS Series 3 Systematic Tripod
Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Tripod
RRS BH-55 Full Size Ballhead
RRS PC-PRO Round Screw-knob Panning Clamp
RRS BD850-L Plate for Nikon D850
RRS BD7100-L Plate for Nikon D7200
LEE Soft ND Graduated Filters, 0.3, 0.6, 0.9
LEE Circular Polarising Filter
LEE Big Stopper Neutral Density Filter
LEE Little Stopper Neutral Density Filter
Adobe Lightroom Classic CC 2020
Adobe Photoshop CC 2021