Hi, my name is Tom. I am 50 years old. I live in Liverpool, a city on the Northwest coast of England.
The Port of Liverpool was founded in 1207 AD and serves as a gateway for the exporting and importing of goods to and from the world. Liverpool is a very cosmopolitan and vibrant city, welcoming visitors from many distant lands.
Along with its industrial roots the whole region of Northwest England hosts a very diverse collection of flora and fauna; providing a treasure chest of subjects for any lover of the natural world and photography.
Having been interested in wildlife since childhood, I was always keen to learn about, name and record the things I saw. With the dawn of the digital age and modern computers, a medium to record and store images became available, leading to a great way to share with others documented moments of time and vision.
In 2004 I began using a Nikon Coolpix 4500 compact camera, attached to a scope (digiscoping) Then due to the frustrations of missing so many action moments, I soon decided to invest in a digital SLR.
The capacity for learning photography, whether film or digital is huge. Photography here in the UK, I believe, is very challenging. Extremes of weather, light and seasons play an important role in helping a photographer to produce powerful and moody images.
When I take a photograph, Im looking for a shot that has interesting light, texture, contrasts and atmosphere, seasoning each shot with a flavour from that moment.
I am no expert with a camera (nor am I a professional photographer), but I do believe that my passion for photography and in particular natural history, enables me to produce images that give me a lot of joy, and hopefully a similar pleasure to viewers of my work.
I would also like to add, that I vehemently distance myself from photographers who blatantly disrespect any aspect of nature and wildlife in order to get his or her 'trophy image'. I have seen and heard about some despicable actions undertaken by such ones at the cost of the environment and creature/s they pursue. I also believe that this hype and mania is fed in to by organisations that claim to promote respect for wildlife and nature. They have become a contributing factor in spreading an army of 'wildlife photographers' in to the countryside, showing little or no respect for our beautiful and often delicate environment, in order to get their 'competition' shots. These give real lovers and seasoned watchers of nature a bad name, which is becoming increasingly embarrassing and is very unfair.
Along with my images, accompanying words/poetry on this website are my own (unless otherwise stated) and require permission from myself for reproduction, in any form.
I hope you enjoy your visit; and please, feel free to drop me a line :-)