About Ian

I left school in 1975 with a head full of dreams, but none of them related to photography. I tried a bit of ‘this’ and a bit of ‘that’ and in 1977 ended up joining the Royal Navy as an Marine Engineer. I started taking pictures wherever I visited and got hooked on cameras, and then a few years later I found out there were photographers in the Navy. This sounded like a good ‘jolly’ to me, so after passing an interview and completing a 12 month course in 1983 – I became a Royal Navy Photographer. I was a photographer for quite a few years, then one day my sea-time was over and because I wasn’t really trained for anything else I became a full-time commercial and social photographer. And I am still working as a photographer today…

I take pictures on a daily basis. Of people, things and places all around Scotland but for quite a few years I didn’t take any pictures for myself because I was always busy producing pictures for other people. One day I had an epiphany moment when I realised I didnt have many pictures of my own to show people, so at that point  I decided to start taking pictures for myself again.

I learnt my trade with film and chemicals, and was using it until the late 90’s when I started using digital cameras and photoshop and even though technolog moves up forwards onto new things, film was always a part of me. I grew up with it, so that’s where I wanted to start.

I built a darkroom and started taking pictures using film cameras – an old Nikon and a Voigtlander 35mm. And then I got my old Hasselblad out of retirement, plus a few other cameras and started shooting more film. Then I bought a pinhole camera, and then an 1950’s 5x4inch technical camera, and then 1880’s 5×7 field camera, and then a 1920’s 10×8 inch sheet film camera – and at that point I realised I was back into taking pictures for myself again.

Every positive has a negative though, and I’ve found that shooting film takes up a lot of my time. Some days my time seems to be at a premium, so recently I started taking pictures for myself using the digital format, using a variety of digital cameras – Nikon’s, Leica and Fuji – as it’s quicker and easier sometimes.

When I feel “inspired” enough to take some pictures I’ll use digital or film depending on my frame of mind. If I shoot on film, then I will develop the negatives and scan them into photoshop using a flatbed scanner and the only things I adjust in photoshop are the tonal range, and of course taking away any dust spots or blemishes. That’s the same for the digital images, as I only keep my editing to the most basic and minimum. You won’t see any work related images here, and you definitely won’t see any images that have been photoshopped to within an inch of their lives to produce something false or fabricated…

Because I’m a photographer, not an artist…!



If you would like more information about anything I do, pictures I take, my cameras or kit, then just send me an email. Thanks…