Born on the northeast coast of England, I developed a fascination with wild places at a young age. Summer vacations were spent exploring the chalk cliffs and rock pools of the coast, or hiking the Yorkshire Dales and Wolds. As a graduate student I would sometimes spend my weekends wandering the rugged North Sea coastline, camera in hand, then rush back to the darkroom to process the resulting black and white images.
Moving to the western US in the early 1970’s I started to explore the deserts and mountains. Backpacking and climbing allowed me to visit the remotest areas, and soon I travelled further afield to climb in the Greater Ranges of the Andes, Himalaya, Alaska Range, etc. My cameras always accompanied me on these trips. Balancing a passion for climbing with a career in physics was always a challenge. In 2002 I decided to become a full-time writer and photographer, sharing my passion for the outdoors through both mediums.
Since that time I have published two books on the Colorado Mountains, and for a number of years my Trail Mix column in the Denver Post introduced readers to some of the less well known but no less spectacular locations in Colorado.
More recently my focus has been on capturing nature at its most spectacular, whether it be in the deserts of the Southwest or mountains around the world. I regularly return to my favorite spots in order to capture unique light and atmospheric conditions, never tiring of exploring new ways to photograph a location.