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Marks on Paper
My interest in photography was born of my Grandfather’s passion for making photographs. Some of my earliest memories are of slide shows he gave, looking through the photographer’s books in his collection, and sitting for hours watching the magical ‘marks’ appear on photographic paper in his tiny dark room.

My first camera, an Agfa Isolette given to me by my mother, helped me develop my own passion for making pictures. While I now shoot with a range of cameras - digital SLR, pinhole, box, holga, medium and large format, I really make no distinction in the method. The essential desire is, and has always been, to make ‘marks on paper’.

Recent Work
My recent work is inspired by the work of Karl Blossfeldt and of butterfly cases. In this series of nudes I seek to depict the male body as an organic plant or insect-like form, twisting and furling, but isolated on a white field like a scientific specimen. As with nature, each of the models provide differing interpretations as their body shapes, decoration and gestures suggest delicate individuality.


M.Phil (RCA) Information Illustration and Design
Royal College of Art, London. 1993

B.A. (Hons) Information Illustration
Middlesex University, London. !989

2014 - Mystic Arts Center Photo Show 36. Best In Show. Juror: Mary Kocol

2013/14 - Westport Arts Center - Taught photography at Summer School camp.

2013 - 3 Pogonophora images to appear in ‘Identities Now’ book - 165 artists from 30 countries.

April 30 - June 3, 2011 - 'Continuum: Gender Identities', Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield, CT

October 23, 2010 - 'Yardmeter 12', solo exhibition of 'Men as Botanicals', Brooklyn, NY

July 17, 2010 - Juror for Westport Arts Fair

June 11 – July 25, 2010 'Solos 2010' Juried members show, Westport Arts Center. Juror: Richard Klein

Feb/Mar 2010 "Images 2010" Photo show, Shoreline Alliance. Guilford

Autumn 2009 Shots Magazine Issue 105 'Male/Female' - one piece published

April/May 2009 Residency show at Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco

Feb - April 2009 Plastic Camera Show, Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco

Jan - April 2009 Artist Residency, Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco (Rayko's first Artist in Residence)

Oct 2008 Pilsner Urquell International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention

Oct/Nov 2007 "Spectra 07" Silvermine Guild, National Photography Triennial. Juror: Peter MacGill

Oct 2007 Pilsner Urquell International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention

July 2007 "Out There; That Thing We Call Nature. Landscape Photography Times 12" International group show. Westerly, RI.

Jan/Feb 2007 "Exposures 2007" West Hartford Art League - Won Best in Show. Juror: Justin Kimball

Sept/Oct 2006 "Photo Show XXVIII" Mystic Arts Center, CT - Won Best in Show. Juror: Frank Armstrong

Feb/Mar 2006 "Images 2006" 25th Anniversary Photo show. Guilford, CT. Juror: Ron Rosenstock

November 2005 "Works on Paper" group show, Stonington, CT

Workshops and Classes
Platinum/Paladium Workshop - Woodstock, August 2013 - 1 day, Craig Barber

Photogravure - Massachusetts, June 2011- 5 day workshop, Jon Goodman

Wet Plate Collodion - Rayko, San Francisco May 2008. Michael Shindler

Landscape Photography - The Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY July 2007, Craig Barber

Getting Known Being Shown - The Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY July 2007.

Studio Portrait Lighting - Betterphoto.com July 2005, Vic Orenstein. Awarded ‘Best in Class’