Biography

Welcome, and thank you for visiting my website. I am a photographer based close to the stunning Solway estuary in Dumfries & Galloway. Photography for me has been an amazing journey of true delight.

My first camera was a Kodak 35mm given to me by my dad. it was second hand but I was thrilled with it.Still have the slides taken with it, Oh! those mini skirts, can't believe I ever wore those. In 1980 I moved to the parish of Ruthwell in Dumfries & Galloway having got married in 1971. I have had many more cameras along the way, and gained experience of developing and printing mono photographs in the  dark room of the Dumfries Museum. I then bought second hand dark room equipment from the local camera club auctions to fit out my own small dark room, spending many hours dodging and burning and breathing in the chemical fumes! I printed mono prints from a variety of film, Kodak infra-red, fast film, grainy film you name it I  tried it. Once printed I then hand tinted some of them with food dyes and various toners. On the front of the camera I used a variety of different filters to great effect. Again I tried  every kind of slide film but used mostly Fujichrome Sensia.

I have loved taking pictures of every subject from babies, family portraits, children dressed in period costume, and animals (particularly dogs) , then on to photo-journalism having taken a  writing course. This led to meeting and photographing a lot of really interesting people, including a Woodcarver,a Gunmaker, a Gamekeeper, a Fisherman and a Falconer which led to many published articles. It was great fun taking images of models for a clothes brochure and down to earth photo's of vegetables and food.

It has been an exciting journey. I've now moved on to  digital and the use of Photoshop, with all this new technology I get a real buzz seeing my photographs as canvas prints. Thanks for looking.Regards Alicia.