About - Influences

Photographic Influences:
Landscape Photography:
Michael Kenna; Ansel Adams; Colin Prior; Daniel Kordan; Tobias Richter; Rachael Talibart
Street Photography:
Henri Cartier-Bresson; Vivian Maier; Harry Benson; Margaret Watkins; Elliott Erwitt
Portraiture:
Iwona Podlasinska; Steve McCurry; Annie Leibovitz; Yousuf Karsh
Japanese:
Nobuyuki Kobayashi; Hiroshi Sugimoto; Taikichi Irie

In general I prefer a minimalist approach to my photography.
I'm happiest and most creative when out wandering with a camera, a couple of lenses, a tripod and not much more.

I've never been attracted to the idea of working in a large studio with multiple assistants and strictly controlled conditions and this is reflected in the photographers who have influenced my work.

In landscape work I love the classic style of Michael Kenna, Ansel Adams and, fellow Scot, Colin Prior.
I appreciate the sense of scale, and dramatic lighting of Russian photographer Daniel Kordan and German Tobias Richter.
The seascapes of Rachael Talibart are timeless and inspiring.

Street Photography is a genre I've dabled in over the years but following the recent purchase of a small mirrorless camera it is an increasing part of my work, both at home in Scotland and when travelling.
The classic street photography style of Henri Cartier-Bresson influenced me greatly, as has the work of Vivian Maier and Margaret Watkins.
Harry Benson's images of my hometown Glasgow and the humour of Elliott Erwitt are always in mind when I take to the streets to try to capture a location and the people living there.

Finally, the Japanese artistic aesthetics of Wabi-sabi and Mono-no-aware were the initial influences for my Japanese works "Transient Moments" and "Envying the Maple"
but this artistic style has found its way into much of my subsequent imagery and continues to influence my latest photography.