Leaving school at 16 I undertook various jobs. At 19 I served on a Royal Navy Minesweeper and at 21 I became a prison officer, serving at HM Prison Barlinnie in Glasgow. At 28, I decided to return to full time education as a mature student and travelled daily from Glasgow to Edinburgh to study at Edinburgh Napier University. I graduated 3 years later with a BA Distinction in Photographic Studies. For the following 8 years I was primarily based in London and a masthead contributor at GQ / Vogue and Tatler. During this time I also worked for most other London based magazines and a list of international advertising clients. In 2001 I based myself in NYC and over the following 15 years was fortunate to work, collaborate and be inspired by some of the most creative minds and environments I've ever experienced. In 2008 I was the only non US citizen asked to participate in USA Networks high profile "Character Project" where I decided to travel Highway 50 from the Pacific to the Atlantic on the last remaining non freeway route, Highway 50. This personal initiated project resulted in the inspiration for Tom Brokaw "Along Highway 50" the following year and my work featured as the largest and opening spread in the accompanying book. One of my images was also selected for the book cover. In 2009 I was invited to launch Anthropologie’s "Who Inspires Us" online arts initiative. This was an idea / project that hoped to reflect an insight into who and what inspired Anthropologie, a company that inspires so many others in turn. I decided to go on a road trip with my daughter, Rachael and create a joint journal that would celebrate love, family, hope, inspiration and a personal family bond. On the success of this project I was asked again the following year to create another portfolio and so I returned to Scotland to produce the body of work Highland Heart. This was also chosen in 2013 to launch Scotland Week celebrations in NYC with an exhibition at Hudson studios and opened by Scotland's First Minister at the time, Alex Salmond. In 2011 I was honoured with an Hon Dr of Arts for my contribution to photography from Edinburgh Napier University. In 2012 Panasonic based their national Lumix TV and print campaign around my work and had me star in their cinema and tv commercial. This had me visit Yosemite National park where the campaign was filmed. Due to this campaign’s success I was asked again to be part of the 2014 campaign. We filmed this all over Indonesia including Bali, Western Sumatra and Nias Island. I've exhibited my work in both private galleries and national museums, including a 70 print solo show in Cork Street, London, sponsored by Deutsche Bank, and which was the subject of a 30 minute BBC documentary. I was the first photographic artist to host a solo exhibition (60 portraits) at The Glasgow Art Club. My work is held in both private and public museums and collections. In 2015 I was the first photographer to have an exhibition in The Scottish Gallery’s 173-year history. In the same year I became Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University, a post I’ll serve for 5 years. In 2016 I decided to base myself back in the UK and in my role as Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University I decided to launch The Chancellor Talk Series where we look to bring some of the greatest minds to an audience that may otherwise never get the chance to hear or ask questions of. This launched in 2016 with the NYC based legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser, creator of the I ❤️ N Y logo. This talk was followed by a personal insight into the world of the UK's most successful independent film producer and Oscar winner Jeremy Thomas. Other guests have since included polar explorer Ann Daniels, Scottish Lord Advocate, James Wolffe, around the world cyclist and record holder Mark Beaumont and ex Royal Marine Commando now turned TC presenter JJ Chalmers. Earlier this year I exhibited concurrently two exhibitions in Glasgow: ‘Unique NYC Polaroids’ at SWG3 and ‘Mar a Bha’ at The Royal Glasgow Institute for The Fine Arts. I currently serve on The Scottish Government’s Creative Industries Advisory Group, headed by Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Fiona Hyslop. I’ve also enjoyed being a member of The John Byrne Awards judging panel, alongside other panels including The Cordis Tapestry Prize, headed by Miranda Harvey and The Glenmorangie Research Project collaboration with The National Museums of Scotland. I am currently finishing two new portfolios, one titled ‘Mon Ami: The Statues of Pére Lachaise’, created earlier this year in Paris and the second titled “Dear John” which will include 12 portraits of the artist John Byrne I’ve made over a 30 year period with an introduction from Sir Angus Grossart. I’ve travelled the globe extensively and have seen my work recognized both locally and internationally in terms of commissions and awards. As for my hopes for the future? To create and collaborate, share and enjoy.
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