Backstory

Background
Former creative in Photography,
Lecturer in Media Production:
Photo-Graphics
Publishing

Additional Topics:
A keen guitarist with an interest in Science,
Ancient History and Paranormal.

A Brief Career History

I graduated from what was then Trent Polytechnic, now Nottingham Trent University, with a degree in Photography BA (Hons) (1st) and became a photographer working on creative briefs for Advertising Agencies, Marketing and PR Companies handling accounts for well known brands such as Apple, Toyota, Toshiba, Slimming World, DEB, Qualcast, Thorntons and hundreds more. Several years later I found I had completed my ambition as a creative photographer. It had been a fantastic period.

I decided to capitalise upon my Post-Graduate Teaching Qualification from the University of Nottingham as a Lecturer in Photo-Graphics and then Media Production. My specialism of course remained photography and visual communication but included my experience within the environment of publishing and working alongside art-directors, editors and magazine journalists.

Overtime I saw how the syllabuses became less specific, simpler to pass and their intrinsic quality, once meant to prepare students with technical & aesthetic skills with which to excel industriously had been eroded. Gone were my peers with established backgrounds and proven artistic talent in the field of photography and media, instead replaced by anyone with a teaching certificate and a nouse essentially for navigating software packages. Students, being young, were generally none the wiser and certainly not managers in offices. But I saw what was happening, and it was not good enough for me. My area of work had become devoid of critical educational and training requirements, and such an institute, in my view, no longer a beacon of excellence. So that feature of my life, which I had enjoyed, was completed. By now I had reached an early retirement age anyhow so could look for the next thing.