My Father has to take the blame for my interest
in photography, engineering, DIY and most things practical.
In the 1960s he tried to explain the effects
of various camera settings such as ‘f’ stops, shutter speeds, film
It didn’t sink into the brain at the time, at 9 or 10 years old
it wouldn’t, but came through later on, I think. Make your own Judgement if
He was a pilot in WWII and studied Aeronautical Engineering in Loughborough,
He continued to fly into the 70s.
Sadly he is no longer here, and greatly missed, but thanks Dad.
My first camera, in about 1960, was a Box Brownie and it seemed like a good
idea to take photos of wildlife.
The results were, what wildlife? But nice
scenery! Not much scope for his teaching on a box camera!
Via a 35mm Yashika 35ES which gave some very good results, and a chance to
put into practice some of what he had told me.
Later, much later, Dad let me have his
Petri FT SLR 35mm which I used extensively until 2008. Now his teaching made
We were married in 1972, and I was in the closing stages of an
apprenticeship at Lloyds of Stafford. In 1977 I started my own garage
business which we sold in 1984 before moving to Devon. We had 2 children by
then. We bought a large house on Dartmoor
which was on it's knees and
gradually over 12 years made something of it worth being proud of.
hard work and none of it could have been done without Jill solidly behind
me, or the confidence Dad had given me with all things DIY.
We sold this house in 1996 and bought a large granite barn for renovation.
18 months in a Caravan on site before we could move in, but it's a great
Jill started Photography in about 1988 with a Canon EOS SLR and it wasn’t
long before she had a request to do a wedding, we both went along and armed
with everything I could think of made a respectable attempt at capturing
their day. Jill is brilliant with people and has ‘the eye’ for a photograph
and doesn’t worry too much about the camera settings. To be a “people
person” when at a wedding is a must, otherwise there is no control. More
enquiries followed and we were soon out every weekend in the wedding season.
We stopped Wedding Photography in 2005. We both had Canon EOS cameras now
but the Petri was never far away, and it captured indoor church shots
The switch to digital was making an impact and along came a
G2 Digital camera which although is a compact camera is possibly one of the
best compacts around. And now (2008/9) we have splashed out on a Canon 40D
each and a couple of nice f2.8L lenses
and look forward to achieving some
Jill and I did Wedding photography for over 7 years which was great at the
time, but wanting to stay with film made the process difficult. Anyway after
over 100 weddings we had been there and done that. Jill would like to do
more weddings but I'm not sure where she would get the energy from.
Jill had started
www.dartmooraccommodation.co.uk in 1997 with an independent Tourist
Information shop in Chagford. The shop had to go in 2000 to concentrate on
weddings, but the website lived on for the benefit of the local B&Bs,
etc and is a thriving, growing wealth of information today. The business was
sold in 2014 and Lisa is making a fine job of it now.
With Jill taking all the photos for the website and getting into commercial
photography meant the old film cameras
were well out of date,
and thanks to
eBay they have all gone now.
I still had my own darkroom gear up to late
2010 and, given the time, achieved some good results
from ‘old stock’ if needed.
This has gone the same way now as did the
EOS1000s, on eBay.
Our children are both away from home now, and we are proud Grandparents to
both Nancy and Elsie. Jennifer, Ben and children are in Exeter but Elizabeth is in Norfolk
running her own web design business there called
All my photographs are
copyright, and are reasonably priced for sale. If you would like to purchase any of my photos
please contact me.
If you don't see what you are looking for I may well have it in stock.