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About the Book
In 2007 I staged an exhibition at the Exposure Gallery London to mark the 30th anniversary of the release of The Jam In the City album, which I had shot in 1977. Since graduating from Harrow College of Technology & Art in the early 1970’s I had found myself working for various rock bands including groups in the new wave and punk genre and it was also around that time that I undertook automotive assignments for Car magazine. For the exhibition I assembled a group of prints of Rock & Roll artists and super cars that I had photographed. I hope the visitors thought it an interesting mix of images representing people and machines of the era.
Now ten years later and after the publication of a book on road trips around France titled ‘An Omelette & Three Glasses of Wine’ I have, with the help of Mike Pikes, produced this book of photographs covering forty years plus working as a photographer. I have always been a freelancer, which has given me freedom to work for an array of interesting magazines and record labels. It’s been an extension of my teenage dreams of music and fast cars that my chosen profession has given me the ability to be a part of, as I can’t play a note of music and only managed fourth place in my ten-year career as a historic rally driver. The book is all about the images, the people and automobiles. Browsing the pages of photographs and reading accompanying copy and reprints of period stories, I hope you will be able to appreciate some great artists, automobiles and events that I was on hand to record in my own way. Over the 150 pages with the help of editor David Lillywhite, it illustrates the enjoyment I have had working on the assignments. Not all went as planned but all shoots were fun on reflection!
I started my career as a dyslexic photographer but due to the massive changes in the technology and the publishing business I am now a photojournalist, producing words to accompany the images. In the early days, I presented my portfolio to magazines and record companies, picture editors and art directors and it was a couple of these who gave me the career breaks such as the Queen live gig in 1975 and my first Car magazine assignment which turned out to be photographing a Bedford show truck. Today my images are marketed via the Internet, efficient but I miss the personal contact. Nowadays, from time to time I lecturer to student photographers, by chance at my old college now called Westminster University. My opening comment something like, “the only thing that is the same today as that day in 1973 when I graduated is light passes through the lens of a camera”.
Today we are bombarded by imagery via social media, most of a throwaway nature, around a trillion taken in 2015 alone. I continue using the latest digital cameras, processing the images on my computer giving me greater control, which has been the holy grail of every photographer, which was only dreamt of in the classic film stock era. Enzo Ferrari was often asked which was his favourite Ferrari; he replied his marques next automobile. I have my favourite photographs but still delight producing new images in new ways. As they say, you are only as good as your last shoot.