I started submitting my photographic work for exhibitions in 2011 while still studying at Richmond Adult Community College.
Three images were chosen for an exhibition at Orleans House Gallery. I had to get them printed and mounted so I splashed out and went to well known lab in Putney. I got great advice and test prints on different paper. I had the prints bonded onto Foamex and by then I had spent so much I couldn’t afford the sub-frames to hang them. I went down the cheaper Velcro route. I made wooden batons to put behind each image so they would stand out from the wall. Everything was Velcro’d and strong to stay – or so I thought. The exhibition was on for three months and during that period my largest image which was sited high up above the front desk promptly fell off the wall and nearly decapitated the receptionist.
This was the beginning of a learning process. Since then I have tried different framing methods but I now always leave it up to the professionals.
I enjoy entering competitions and submitting to exhibitions. Photocrowd has been a great inspiration. I have won several awards and had Expert critiques that are paramount to learning how to be a better photographer. Orleans House Gallery has been very supportive and I have one photograph in the Borough collection, taken with my Little Cyclops, the smallest fisheye camera in the world.
In 2016 I was commended in the International Garden Photographer Of The Year- Wildflower Landscapes Category.
The following year in 2017, a photograph I took in Darjeeling, was awarded Finalist in IGPOTY 10 – Beautiful Gardens category and exhibited at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.