Hi everyone! I'm a landscape and street photographer from Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK.
I came to photography really late in life after an unfortunate set of circumstances. At the age of 31 I went from being a very fit cyclist, doing 300 miles a week, to being in a wheelchair overnight. After a long training session I suffered a major stroke in my sleep.
This led to a long period of depression, culminating in me trying to take my own life -- fortunately my good wife was on hand to save the day, and me. From this episode I was sent to see a cognitive therapist, who as it happened had a photographic exhibition in his foyer. I thought to myself I would like to try this photography, it might do me some good.
It was then that I bought my compact mirror-less camera, and I haven’t looked back since. I travel around the North East of England in my wheelchair, using public transport, and photographing landscape and street shots. To say this has changed my life is an understatement. I wake every morning with a new found zest for living. I have met and made friends with some fantastic people since I started two years ago.
Whereas I used to see the wheelchair as a hindrance , I now see it as an integral part of what I do. I look forward to sharing my adventures with you on TravelGumbo!