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For as long as I can remember, all my family holidays involved climbing hills and mountains in the UK. I now look back and realise how fortunate I was that my parents had the courage and foresight to take a child into the heart of the Cuillins and Quiraing on the Isle of Skye, Glen Coe and the Western Highlands, to name but a few regions. It is great that 50 years later I am visiting them again in a little more luxury ie: water proof clothing, gortex boots, 4 wheel drive car and B&Bs. Closer to home the North Yorkshire Moors, Yorkshire Dales and Lake District provided excellent walking opportunities.

 

I was fortunate to gain a scholarship to the United World College of the Atlantic 1973-5, these 2 years were perhaps the most influential of my life. They introduced me to many talented people from different countries and cultures. Friendships developed there, have endured 40 years. I am delighted to find that many still share the love of photography and the time spent in the dark room developing and processing images has not been wasted. 

After 5 years at Medical School and a few years working in different hospitals around the country I found myself in Sheffield, I had intended staying for 6 months, 35 years later I am still there with the Peak District on my door step.

I would like to thank Joe Cornish, Mark Banks and Steve Gosling for having the patience to help me start on my photographic journey - to where, I am not sure but I hope to enjoy the trip.

"Perhaps the secret of great art is to engender more than one feeling in the spectator at the same time: tragedy and comedy, laughter and tears, irony and passion, hope and despair"