I am a filmmaker and photographer based in Bristol UK. My full time job is for the BBC’s Natural History Unit, where I am a Producer / Director, with 14 years experience working on ‘blue chip’ and presenter-led wildlife programmes.
This website does mention my film credits, but its more about other things – photography, art and storytelling. It’s a collection of creative things I enjoy, aside from my ‘day job’, stories that can’t be told in the context of the films I make for work.
At the heart of what I enjoy is visual story-telling, whether by photography or film, or face to face. If you’d like to find out more, or get in touch, please do. My contact info is at the bottom of this page.
“…photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
Although a wildlife film-maker by trade, the bulk of my photography is documentary, landscape and a bit of wildlife. I like using still photography to document events, expeditions, and basically tell stories. I enjoy producing Photobooks of trips / expeditions using InDesign and blending a mix of narrative and imagery.
I completed my City & Guild levels 1 and 2 at night-school while at University, learning old fashioned print and process techniques as well as portfolio presentation, and portraiture. Today I shoot digitally, and use packages such as Lightroom and Photoshop for image post-production.
I have been a documentary filmmaker for the past 12 years, working mainly with the BBC Natural History Unit. I am currently working on Planet Earth 2, Producing/Directing a film about Islands and the challenges isolation brings to the wildlife that inhabits them. I’m a qualified diver and am part of the BBC’s Dive Advice team.
My role as Director involves setting up, directing and managing the safety of shoots to remote places, while my Producer hat involves managing the film from conception to delivery: planning the storyline of a documentary, working within budgets, directing the edit, script-writing and managing post-production.
Tell me the facts and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever
I studied fine art and ceramics at A-level and won a distinction as one of the top 5 candidates in the country. Now I mainly paint and draw for me, but I have undertaken commissions.
I enjoy working in pen and ink, oils, pencil but have recently discovered the joy of digital drawing too – taking short courses in Illustrator and illustration at Central St Martins, London.
It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.
I am a biology by training, with a particular interest in marine and polar wildlife. I did a degree and PhD at the University of Bristol (specialising in vision and visual behaviour in fish) and completed various short fieldwork projects at sea, including with the University of Aberdeen Oceanlab in the Porcupine Abyssal Plain and with the British Antarctic Survey on a cruise off South Georgia, before moving into film.
My particular interests are oceans and islands and all things Polar. I have spent many months working in remote regions, from the Canadian High Arctic to Antarctica and various remote islands. I’m a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, UK.
I enjoy outreach and public speaking and often give talks for a range of audiences, from primary schools to adult groups, large and small – usually on the themes of wildlife film-making, women in science, underwater filmmaking, or based around specific programmes or series.
Previous audiences include Rotary societies, the Scott Polar Research Institute, the Festival of Nature, The Royal West of England Art Academy, University of Bristol, UWE Bristol, NRK television Bergen, International Polar Year in Montreal and the International Penguin Conference, UK.
On the links below you can find photo-galleries and photographic stories. Some are side-stories from filming, others are the result of personal travel adventures. The full page can be found under ‘Photography’ and is ever-growing as I find time and inspiration to add to it.