I was born in Lambeth, London. I moved with my family to North West Hamsphire as part of the “London Overspill”. I married my childhood sweetheart Cheryl. We have two daughters, Aretha and Peta and a grandson Reggie.
I began work life as a trainee electronic telecommunication engineer.
I grew bored with microchips and changed career to become a firefighter. I served my community on the front line in Basingstoke for 20 years. I was also a breathing apparatus instructor, driving instructor, specialist rescue vehicle instructor, first aid instructor, fire safety officer and an educator who visited schools teaching young people about the dangers of fire. I was a Fire Brigades Union rofficial and organised members, represented workplace grievances, worked hard for equality, attended education schools, conferences and took part in meetings with senior management. Sadly, following a minor health problem, I was dismissed from the fire brigade.
I switched career and became an event and production manager in the creative industries. During the late 1990’s I was the producer of the legendary pre digital multi media collective Raya. We held down a three-year residency at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. We produced multi media events for the British Council and other organisations across the world. As a production manager and event producer, I worked on some large complicated productions for various organisations, companies and festivals. Including Glastonbury and the United Nations (ITU) in Geneva where I was responsible for a million pound production budget. During this time I was a part time lecturer at Salisbury Art College. I was the lead film making tutor for BBC Blast. I delivered ground breaking informal creative courses for young disadvantaged people with the Princes Trust, Hackney Council and others.
In 2010, I switched career to work as a Tour/Production manager in the music industry. My “A” list clients included Wu-Tang Clan, Pusha T, Duke Dumont, Maya Jane Coles and others. I travelled extensively delivering tours and shows to every corner of the globe. I was based in Beverly Hills, California, working with G.O.O.D Music, 360 Management and Rocnation. I had climbed to the top of my profession and at this moment I decided to take my life long love of photography more seriously.
Today I would consider myself to be a photographer. However, occasionally I produce tours and events if an old friend calls and I have space in my diary.