My Hometown: Penzance in West Cornwall
I grew up living on Gwavas Street, we lived at number 8, my grandparents used to live the next street over – St Dominic Street.
Most day’s Id enjoy walking over to see my Grandfather – Dennis Jordan tinkering around with his car, I’d then pop in and see Gran who was watching Tv or doing some household chores, whilst I was living in Penzance I was a Photographer at Cornish World Magazine our editor was Nigel Pengelly, during 2007 my local Newspaper – The Cornishman paid me to take photographs for them, and at the end of August I was awarded the award of Exterior Photographer of the Year, that was pretty cool, the company involved sent me a massive box down of stationary which included in the background image – Richmond Methodist Church.
I was a Volunteer for over ten years, I worked with Penwith Volunteer Centre as a Volunteer for the Elderly, mostly befriending them, checking in on them and also fixing their computers, I also taught two elderly gents how to use their computers better, the couple I helped in Alverton near Penzance were Wartime lovers, that split and lost contact for years, and then one day they found each other, Married and the rest is history.
I did two Years at National Coastwatch – NCI Penzance, keeping a watch out on Mount’s Bay and beyond, I was in charge of monitoring the radios, giving weather data to the Coastguard, checking in with Falmouth C.G. every 3 Hours, assisting with Search and Rescue ops through visually watching andrecording all shipping movements etc.
I Volunteeed my Photographic Skills In Penzance for Over 10 Years!...
I like to feel I did my part for the community around me, whilst it wasn’t until 2011 that I did my first real Wedding Photography Shoot, I was a Volunteer anyway for ten years, My Mum worked there, she knew at that time I were a keen Amateur Photographer, so if something was coming up, Id be asked to pop along and take some pics, good networking and pretty fun!. (A time way before Facebook and Social Media came about).
My Photographic Equipment
Brace yourselves, please get comfortable.
I bought my dirst Digital Camera at PC World Truro in 2001, a Fujifilm Finepix 2200, that was excellent, I later moved onto a Fujifilm S5700 (Bridge) and then a few years after my First DSLR – Nikon D50 with 18-55mm Kit Lens, this is when Photography really opened up to me, Over the years I tried many different makes of DSLR: Canon, SONY etc.
I moved from Penzance to Plymouth, – I went into the local London Camera Exchange one day. Bought a Nikon D7000, then about two weeks later went in there again this time for a Nikon D800 and 24-70mm 2.8 Lens. This setup I used for years, up until 2017 where I made the switch one last time, this time Mirrorless I went for all used equipment and initially I went for an Olympus OM-D E-M5 and a OM-D E-M5 MK2 with three Prime Lenses, which was OK for a short time, until I wanted more reach, I quickly sold two of the Primes and went for an Olympus 12-40mm 2.8 Pro and a Olympus 40-150mm 2.8 Pro + 1.4x TC and whilst I was there a Olympus OM-D E-M1 to try, this has became my all time camera!. I expect in time you will see some of my other equipment here for sale on the shop page.