About Old man, big kid

From: York

Now retired, (and having only just turned 58 when I did, I consider myself fortunate) I have been involved in local authority graphic design for over 25 years, Before that I was a Town Planner, giving me over 40 years local government service.

As a graphic designer, my aim was to create visual media that engaged the audience and imparted a message. This is closely allied to photographic composition. I'm a great believer in the phrase "if it looks right, it is right" (although I don't know who said it!)

I bought my Nikon D3100 DSLR in May 2012, thinking I would have so much time on my hands and I could re-visit the hobby I had thirty years ago. Now I don't know how I found time to work!

I am keenly interested in landscape photography, mainly black and white.

I shoot in RAW format. Then post process in Adobe Photoshop, using Silver Efex Pro and/or HDR Efex Pro.

Have now migrated my photostream from Flickr, and whilst I have lost many good contacts (and comments!) I, like many I suspect, could no longer stay with a company the displays such arrogance and disrespect.

Occupation: Retired Graphic Design Manager


Grandkids, Music, my Cooper S, mountain biking (although even though I'm now retired can never find the time to do it to my embarrassment and shame)
Wine, photography (obviously)

Favorite music and artists:

Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, Beatles, Eagles, CSN&Y, Stevie Nicks, Coldplay et al

Favorite movies and actors:

Kagamusha, Ran, Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Matrix. Helena Bonham Carter, Kate Winslett

Favorite books and authors:

Rebus and therefore Ian Rankin. J R Tolkien, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens.