Biography

I am a South Yorkshire native, based in Sheffield, a “hard industrial city in the North of England”. It’s ground-zero for British rockclimbing, and sits on the flanks of the Peak District. So you’ll see this is a pretty good place to be if you’re a climber and photographer.

Climbing wise I’m a man of simple pleasures – I’m quite happy bouldering and soloing at my local crags. Although I’ve climbed in a few very nice places abroad, I most enjoy the gritstone edges on crisp spring days after work, and summer evenings kicking around dusty limestone crags in the Derbyshire dales.

I started off taking photos seriously through climbing, to document the days out I’d had with friends, but nothing more than just casual ‘snaps’. Some of these snaps turned out less bad than others, so I carried on. Fortunately as a climber in the UK we have the pleasure of frequenting some crags in outstanding natural environments, and so I found taking photos seemed a good way to try and take a bit of the outdoors back home with me.

Over the years my interest evolved into a deeper appreciation of the medium and I gravitated primarily towards fine art landscape photography. Of course climbing and travel photography still hold an inevitable draw for me, which I’m quite happy pursuing when the opportunity arises.

In June 2013 I appeared in On Landscape magazine as their Featured Photographer in Issue 59. The article contains more detail on my early influences, and also some thoughts on landscape and climbing photography.




Published Work

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Magazines (various issues):

A few personal climbing highlights & favourites:
  • Jasmine E6, Bamford, done ground up - Big Ron's last big route.
  • The classic trio of short sharp boulderer's F8as at the Tor - Rattle & Hump, Out Of My Tree and Chimes.
  • Vandale, Rocher Cailleau, Fontainebleau. Flashed - magic!
  • Staminaband 8a, Raven Tor. Lanky sequence at the end - beggars can't be choosers.
  • The Joker 8a, Stanage. Both the campus method and the lefthand rollover method in the same session. Brilliant and unexpected.
  • Love Is Blind 8a, Burbage North. Longstanding local linkup project, Blind Ali into Blind Fig. First Ascent.
  • Stuey Five Bellies 8a+, The Schoolroom.
  • Eclipse 7c, Cul de Chien, Fontainebleau. Tried on and off for 14 years, amazing problem.
  • Yorkshireman Sitter 7c+, Kyloe-In, Northumberland. A brilliant powerful crack, perfect.
  • Flying Buttress Direct HVS, Stanage. Done solo, having failed to lead it many years ago.
  • Banana Peel 5.8, The Apron, Squamish. Done with my good lady wife, then fiance.
  • Dubh Ridge, Skye. Fantastic mountain day on immaculate rock
  • Curved Ridge, Buachaille Etive Mor. First Scottsh winters route.
  • Traverse of the Weissmies 4017m, via the South Ridge - Swiss Valais Alps. Alpine grade PD, a classic outing.
  • North West Face of the Grand Combin de Valsorey, 4184m, Swiss Valais Alps. Alpine grade D. Never ending snow/ice frontpointing route, spectacular but knackering!


If you know anything about climbing, you'll understand that in the scheme of things these aren't that impressive, but we can't all be heroes.