As 2011 comes to an end I can look back on a year that has been both a busy and challenging photographic time for me and one which has resulted in some very interesting, varied and challenging stories.
One of the many great things about being a photographer is the people you get to meet along the way and the pictures that they allow you to take – well, most of them anyway – as your paths cross for the briefest of times. For the most part I’ve enjoyed all the stories I’ve covered and I’m glad that after this busy year my passion for photography is burning even brighter. Probably a good thing I suppose as I can’t really do anything else!
This year also marks a significant period in my personal life as I’ve now come to the end of a long and varied 22-year career in the British military, a time that I’ve been looking forward to for a while and which now allows me to devote all my time on my full-time journey as a freelance photographer – something I have been building towards for the last few years.
It will be a journey, I’m sure, full of questions and uncertainty especially at a time when the world of editorial photography is going through some significant changes but I’m sure it will be, at the very least, exciting and challenging in its own right and I look forward to that and to the opportunity of shooting a number of my own projects that I have planned for next year. I have no idea what the new year will bring but lets get to it and shoot some pictures.
To highlight some of the stories I’ve covered this year I’ve put a selection of my pictures below – some from news events and documentary stories I’ve worked on, some from my street photography and surfing and some that I just like – stretching from the USA to demonstrations in Cyprus to Kenya and of course, from many places around the UK. So feel free to take a look and make any comments if you wish.
Cheers – Have a good Christmas and New Year!
Click on the first picture to view, then click on each image to move through the slideshow…