I bought my first SLR camera, a second hand Centon K100, over 20 years ago when I was studying BA (hons) Creative Arts and I have been hooked on photography ever since. I started to develop my own black and white negatives and took my camera with me everywhere. Over the years I have experimented with different creative techniques such as pin hole photography, Lomography, cyanotypes, light painting and creative editing in photoshop. These days I shoot in digital and my main genre is nature, capturing the beauty and tranquility of the local countryside whether it’s birds in flight, an insect on a flower, the local sheep at dawn or the way frost forms on a delicate leaf. Further afield I recently fulfilled my dream of photographing the aurora borealis in Iceland. I find photography therapeutic as it makes me focus on the present moment, when I go walking with my camera I look differently at the world around me noticing details and changes in light. I love capturing the ’decisive moment’ when different elements come together through the view finder creating an aesthetically pleasing image. People do not usually feature in my photos but I recently completed a street photography project, capturing ‘lone strangers’ of Taunton. In 2021 I became a Licentiate member of the Royal Photographic Society, I aim to progress to the Associate distinction level soon. I take part in the weekly 52frames challenge.