I can't believe I am 51 years of age and still lovin’ my job. It is one of the things I am truely grateful for in my life. From the time I was given my first camera (an old Olympus Trip...film of course), I knew what I wanted to do. Having that direction has made making career decisions easy to take. Now, being self employed and running ones own show is not an easy option. But, for me there really was no alternative. Over the years my job has taken me from the deserts of Egypt, to the planes of South Africa and all over Europe.

There have been many ups and downs over the years. Some of my business decisions have not always worked out. However, others have and the fact that I am still here says that not all has been bad. Far from it. At last I have my own studio which is just FAB! It took a long time coming but is really making a difference to my business. I can now enjoy studio portraiture that was not always easy before.

I was there right at the front of the digital revolution. Although I miss my old darkroom there is not a great deal I miss about film. I also like the way digital imaging has opened the door to photography for so many. Infact, it has been great for my work as I do quite a bit of teaching these days including some Special Needs children. And now, I have added a drone to my equipment. Who would have thought that I would be able to have a camera that could fly!

So, hopefully I will still have a few years to indulge in my passion. Heaven knows what will be around in 10 years time. Fingers crossed I will still have some of the best kit available & oppotunity to travel and see our beautiful world. Just writing this has made me realise just how lucky I am...

Mark