About Me

An alternative fashion & portraiture photographer located in the UK

My name is Andy, and I’m a Chartered Electrical Engineer. Not an obvious background to “alternative” photography, perhaps.

I woke up one morning at the beginning of 2003 with the realisation that although I’d been taking photographs for most of my life, they’d always been of things that were there already. I felt the need to create something from scratch, so I tried to think what I might select as suitable subject matter. I’ve always been interested in Victorian gothic architecture and pre-Raphaelite images. I thought of combining the two, and came up with the idea of photographing goth models in suitable locations. Thanks to the Internet, it wasn’t difficult to hunt for suitable models, and totally by luck I came across Sadie. She agreed to a session with me at Prior Park in Bath. It was all a bit of a rush; the light was going and we were nearing closing time. But it all seemed to work and Sadie made things delightfully easy. Back at home, I looked at the results and thought that they seemed pretty reasonable. With a degree of trepidation, I emailed some to Sadie. Her reply contained the word “awestruck”, and I thought that perhaps I could make the idea work after all.

After that, things just snowballed. It’s a cliché, but it’s really been a life-changing experience. I’ve shot over one hundred alternative models including many “names”. I’ve been published in Skin Two, Marquis and shot for numerous websites including the Libidex catalogue. I’ve been to the US and Germany as well as countless locations in the UK.

I don’t have any particular conscious style, but a friend has called my work “elegant”, a description that I like and will continue to aspire to. I’ll shoot goth, fetish or even straight portraiture, whatever appeals to me.

I’ve developed a reputation for “fun” shoots and I hope that shows through in the results you see here.

A definition of ‘Gothic’ – “Being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird; of recognized artistic value.”

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