THE NEWMARKET PHOTOGRAPHER
Living in Newmarket offers me a wealth of opportunities to get out early in the morning and photograph the wonderful rhythm of the town. The daily routine of the trainers, stable staff, riders and horses are the town's timekeepers. I feel very fortunate to be able to witness and capture beautiful moments in all weathers and enjoy some truly spectacular conditions.
Landscape photography is where it all began for me. A snapshot of a rickety old fence stretching out to Buttermere in the Lake District many years ago while on holiday, gave me the subject for my first 'proper' photograph. The beautiful light, the soft tones and hues of the landscape captivated me, and has done ever since.
I love the sea. I always have. Watching the ocean – be it calm or wild, brings a sense of peace to me. I am constantly drawn to the ocean, so to photograph it, is the icing on the cake. Standing on the shoreline, camera poised on the tripod, cable-release in hand, rugged up warm waiting for beautiful soft dawn light over the rolling tide, is complete switch off time. I really do forget about everything else.
This gallery, or as I like to call it my 'Hall of Fame', captures some informal and candid portraits of the trainers, jockeys, craftsmen, work riders and stable staff of the town as well as some iconic scenes and impromptu moments from Newmarket – the 'Home of Horseracing'.