It's been a longish road but fun, interesting and rewarding. I used to be more inspired and motivated by the arts, maybe in a basic way back in those days I had no idea that as a 12/13 year old that years later I would earn my living as a photographer.
That was my nickname when I was a lot younger which probably came about from my brothers and sister not being able to pronounce Bernard properly when they were very young. This is a selfie I took in my bedroom at home in the very early 1980's. Yes, that was my bedroom wall and some of those images were even taken before I left school. The Japan, "Cantonese Boy" single sleeve (bottom left) was just a copy and I think also the one next to it was a copy from Rush's Hemisphere Tour brochure. All the images I printed myself in my home darkroom on a LPL enlarger and actually some of the product shots were taken at home in the extension which was only used for parties until I took it over as a studio now and again. It's funny that, looking back on the images on the wall I was probably setting up more still life and product shots to photograph tha anything else.
This photo was taken by a friend who was my assistant at the time in my 2nd studio in White Herons Farm, Colgate, West Sussex, probably 1993. I wanted to put a mailer out so I took all the framed images off the office wall, stuck them on the studio wall and stood in front of them. That was it. To be honest it was probably a case of not being able to make my mind up as to what single image to put out and I personally think it is good for people to see who they would be dealing with. It also showed a variety of the work I was doing at the time. After having been in a studio with inhouse processing and printing facilities I invested in my own processing machine, a Jobo ATL3. I could now offer E6 (transparency), C41 (colour negative) and black and white printing and processsing which gave me an edge on local competeion. I even started doing transparency and slide duplication.
Was I ambitious, or simply crazy to take on a 2400sq ft studio on my own back in 1995 on The Jubilee Estate, Foundry Lane , Horsham, West Sussex.
It was a large space but a tad expensive to heat. I do remember that one of my first jobs was to photograph a brochure for a swimwear company. This whole big studio and we were working in an area no bigger than 10' x 10' so I had to get some infrared heaters in just for the shoot placed either side of the model. It was November I think, poor girl, but she survived bless her. I carried on with the whole inhouse lab backup.
Still at it after all these years, and still love it. It still motivates me to create images.