About Me

AlanI am an Indian born Irishman living in England (with all the confusion that that implies!). A schoolfriend introduced me to photography in late 1960s and I’ve been taking pictures ever since. I would describe myself as a documentary photographer as I tend to make the best of what I find rather than meticulously planning shoots. This is because many of my photographs are taken when I’m on holiday and I have to ensure that others have a good time too.

I worked for the BBC for 25 years. Most of it was in the News Division as a Picture Editor (their term for film editor) with periods as a journalist, writing scripts and directing films. During my time there, I covered the “Troubles” in N Ireland, the breakup of the Soviet Union, the Yugoslav civil war and genocide in Rwanda and Burundi, as well as a host other, less violent stories.

On leaving the BBC, I retrained to become a physics teacher, working in state secondary schools. I can honestly say that teaching is the hardest job I’ve ever done.

Over the years I’ve made a number of video films for small charities, schools and other organisations. Filming had to take a back seat during the teaching years, mainly due to the fact that I found it hard to make time for editing. Now I’ve retired from teaching I’ve started shooting again.

Retirement has also given me time to pursue my interest in wildlife photography that began on a “once in a lifetime” trip to Africa on my honeymoon. (I’ve lost count of the number of times that I’ve been back since!)