I was given my first camera as a 7 year old and have been in love with photography ever since.
Having always wanted to be able to express my own particular way of seeing things through drawing, and realising that I could see in my head how I wanted things to look, but was unable to transfer that to paper with a pencil or paint brush, I settled for a camera as the next best thing.
At 15 after a trip abroad I was encouraged by my father who had looked at the pictures to develop what he described then as a “talent” and get a better camera, which I then did as soon as I could afford to after leaving school and starting work at 16.
Once I had my first 35mm SLR a Nikon EM in my hands, there was no stopping me.
As an absolute football fanatic, it was not long before I wanted to try my hand at photographing it, and not content with going over to the local park like everyone else, I wanted to be on the football pitch with the press photographers at Arsenal in what was then the 1st Division of the English Football League (now the Premier League)