Born into a Service Family and lifestyle In Helston, Cornwall I moved around a lot. Failed miserably in school with poor support (in most cases) from my teachers who labeled me “Thick”. At 29 I was formally diagnosed with Dyslexia and a light came on.
Obtained my Dan grade in Shotokan Karate and developed grades in other styles, Ju-Jitsu, Aikido, Ken-Jutsu and taught these styles.
Studied Music in London and started a media Arts company for persons with Disabilities, partnered with the Eden Project to create Art installations inspired by Chris Drury and Andy Goldsworthy. Got married and Devorced and travelled the Globe and in 2004 completed a Pilgrimage to Santiago De Compestella on the famous “Camino”.
Travelled Japan and a visit to the cave and grave of Myamotto Musashi. Came back to Plymouth, Quickly became disillusioned with the UN-policed behaviour of local yobs and haven dealt with the local crime personally. Completed the “Three Peaks Challenge” in 23hrs. Retired to Salcombe in a bid to get away from “Bad People”. Learnt to restore classic wooden sail boats and began a large development of my persona. Joined the RNLI and served for several years. Further I obtained my Yachtmaster and HELMS and GOC and my large experience was developed Offshore as AB then Coxswain of a 20 meter SAR jet drive vessel in the North Sea. I further went on to be Master of various Sea going vessels from Windfarm vessels to Tug boats and Ferries. I was to become a very capable maritime individual but once again my experience with working with bad people saw me near breaking point when I was being forced to work illegally. I soon realised not too many people held the same ideals I did. Namely RWE, Centrica, Dong, BP, these all contributed to a dangerous and un ethical work practice which saw me walk away.
I love what photography does for my Mind, and Soul. It is a truth to me, a way to capture and create and it is very pleasing and nourishing to me.
What I have learnt, What I believe….
All our experiences are personal perceptions. One mans pain is another’s pleasure. I believe my experiences to have been my personal journey for the development of my self and for this body, I myself have shaped all that I came into contact with by my attitude toward it. This poses dilemmas in its self. Knowing I control (by virtue of my perception that which I experience)…. Caused me in turn to either feel good about something or bad. The problem with me is that I’m from fighting stock.. I’m a fighter, Mentally, spiritually and when situation imposed … Physically. I realised that those things I perceived could either be acted upon OR ignored, great if you have no Ethical or Moral foundation but! My Parents had schooled me well. I have Never been able to tolerate at any level…. any amount of “Wrongdoing” I can turn the other cheek but I have gone toe to toe with some Giants and Demons and always done the “Right thing” as taught to me by my Mum and Dad.
What I believe
My beliefs are founded on a core principal “LOVE”, I love all that is dear to the Light, Love and Life of what is Truthfull and right. It is more than belief, the Japanese call it “Giri” or Duty but it is higher than this. Too many bad powers doing bad things it is important to protect the weak and just, support and keep watch.
I believe in the Truth and values of honour and dignity in the face of the void. Nothing else matters but a true Mind, Body and spirit.