Documentary

As a young woman of eighteen, I began to document my surroundings with my trusty Nikkormat 35 mm camera. I was living in Sheffield studying for a Fine Art Painting Degree. I travelled with my camera to Leeds, Harrogate, Blackpool and many of the smaller towns and villages near by such as Grimesthorpe. Where ever I went I photographed the stark truth of life in the early 1970s.

In 1976 I was awarded a place on the MA Photography course at the Royal College of Art. I was almost twenty one years old. At that time, Bill Brandt was still teaching at the Royal College and he was my personal tutor. I progressed my work to documenting areas of London's East End and Bill Brandt made me promise to never destroy the images, saying "What ever you do, keep these photographs, do not destroy them, for you may find they hold social significance one day".

The next 42 years provided me with a rewarding and fruitful career as a documentary and editorial photographer. All along I continued to photograph the landscape as an antidote to the urban wilderness we had made of our own. This site shows both sides of my career.