I was 8 years old when I was given my first camera, a Kodak Brownie Twin 20. My first ever, unsupervised shot was of my younger brother and sister dressed up in Cowboy and Indian outfits - sorry guys.
I took lots of photographs on that camera for many years, often trying to get more than the camera was capable of. My favourite 'Kodak moment' on that original camera was Jim Clark winning the British Formula One Grand Prix in a Lotus 49. The dust has been removed but the shot is essentially straight out of 'the Box'. I had no idea then that I would become a photographer and to this day no one, including me, knows when or how the link between taking pictures for pleasure and making a career of it appeared.
It happened just as I was about to leave school when the awkward questions were being asked about what I was going to do. Luckily the transition didn't change me. I still enjoy taking photographs, commissioned or personal, and I still keep pushing my cameras. I studied graphic design and photography and I was lucky to get work straight out of college.
I joined an Edinburgh based commercial photographers and spent four years producing high quality architectural and commercial photography. That was a great way to start but I wanted to move on to work mainly with advertising agencies and design groups so I opened my own studio in the centre of Edinburgh. Work then was produced on transparency and black and white film and I loved shooting, processing and printing black and white. The enlargers, trays, clips, developing tanks and other bits from my darkrooms remain but I can't foresee me using them again. I produce black and white digitally now, and it's good, but, for me, that little bit of magic has gone.