I have been passionate about photography for many years, mostly using Nikon cameras. The excellent Nikon D850 & D800 digital SLR’s, being my current cameras of choice. I also have an old trusty D200 which I had specially converted to Infra-Red. Infra-Red photography has always fascinated me, being a far more complicated process when using film, though the end result was often worth it.
As convenient as digital is today, I still miss the good old days of film photography. That wonderfully involved process of creating your image, photographing your subject with the camera was just the start. The fun then began in the dark room, processing the film, then of course printing the negative. The magical moment was watching as your image gradually appears on the blank paper immersed in the developer solution, a magical moment indeed. The creation of images used to be a wonderful and fascinating process from start to finish, that is sadly missing from today’s image making process.
I still have all my original film cameras and equipment, including my first proper 35mm SLR, which was a Ricoh XR7. My main system went on to become 2 classic 35mm, Nikon FA cameras with a range of Nikkor lenses and the fabulous medium format Zenza Bronica SQ-A system. All wonderful, old classic cameras, which I have sadly not used in a while.
After leaving school, I studied Photography full time. During my studies, I was given the project to photograph the interior of a Chapel in a Convent in Mossley Hill, Liverpool using a 5 x 4 inch monorail camera, which was an enjoyable experience in itself. When completed, my course lecturer entered my interior photograph into the ‘British Institute of Professional Photography’ (BIPP) competition.
I was overjoyed to learn that the judges had chosen my image, being awarded a ‘First Merit’ in the student category of this prestigious national competition.
As well as regular photography, I have recently become a fan of the fascinating word of aerial photography using the amazing DJI Mavic Air 2 drone. I am a registered Drone operator and flyer with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
I have had the pleasure and honour of being a Volunteer, Guide, Trustee and photographer for the Registered Charity, ‘Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels’ since 1999. It has been a fascinating journey of discovery and exploration working in the Tunnels. Digging and exploring the tunnels, meeting many interesting people and showing the many hundreds if not thousands of people around Joseph Williamson’s Subterranean kingdom. I have also had the pleasure of documenting the tunnels, taking many, many hundreds of photographs within the tunnels, showing progress of their discovery and restoration throughout the years.
- Twitter: @FoWT
- Web site: http://www.williamsontunnels.com
I am also involved in the “Liverpool & Manchester Railway Trust”. We are determined to get Liverpool’s Railway Heritage recognised and appreciated by the world. Liverpool, the birthplace of the Railways.
- Twitter: @LMRailway
In 1985 I started my career with British Rail, firstly as a Drivers Assistant, then becoming a Freight Train Driver in 1988. Though during this time I was delighted to given the opportunity to drive many Special Passenger trains. These services ranging from the “Northern Belle” and other special Traction & Heritage Excursions up and down the country. I am currently based at Liverpool Lime Street, working High speed 125mph tilting Pendolino and Super Voyager trains on the West Coast Main Line between Liverpool, London Euston and Holyhead.
I am Proud of my home city of Liverpool, its History, Heritage and it’s Architecture.
I love Photographing all things Subterranean, our Heritage, Architecture, Landscape and anything else that catches my eye…
My web site is continually growing, as and when I have time to add to it. So please do come back again soon.