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With a degree in Ecology, zest for travel, and love of the outdoors, I’ve visited over 50 countries and worked in many of them. But the journey to becoming a DOP has been as varied as it has been enjoyable.

After leaving Edinburgh University I moved to Nigeria in search of the elusive forest elephant. Life in the forest was spent hiking, photographing and filming any flora and fauna that might open up the secrets of this animal’s private world. After endless bites, bugs and bush tails a passion for storytelling was born and so too my future dreams to become a cameraman.

Returning to the UK, I made a short film about my adventures, enrolled in night school and got my first production job making educational films about Birds of Prey. Shooting and editing my own films was a fast and often-frustrating learning curve but opened the doors to broadcast. With the advent of 2000 came a move to South America assisting on a number of Documentaries for BBC, Nat Geo, ZDF, ORF and Discovery including BBC’s Life of Mammals.

Back in the UK, the focus of my work became less Natural History and more observational. However the adventure hadn’t stopped and now operating rather than assisting I found myself in Spain following the crazy world of an eccentric British couple, Lee and Cheryl, as they left the Welsh valleys in search of their dream home in Andalucia. Lee and Cheryl never found their dream home, but I did. Six months later with a re-commission of the series, I continued following their hunt for their dream life from my house in the white village of Alcaucin.

But soon the wilds were calling again and I was exploring further afield, filming Paul Merton on his travels around China, India and USA, Joanna Lumley as she headed down the Nile, and Stephen Tompkinson as he crossed Africa with a hot air balloon. Now based out of London I continue to work within documentary whilst embracing the new challenges, approach and control of drama. The privilege of an ever evolving career I continue to love, feeds my passion to produce images and sequences that not only tell the stories from around the world but hopefully enhance them.

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