I don’t have a lot of spare time for globe-trotting, tethered as I am to an office in the UK in order to make a living, so I try and make the best of the opportunities that I do get. But that has helped me appreciate the beauty of the less exotic. I love landscape photography but I don't particularly target the light of dawn or dusk, sought after by many. I like a sunset as much as anyone else, but so many of those photographs can look like a shot for a postcard, or a showcase for post-processing – even if they’re unprocessed.
What thrills me the most is the chanced-upon shot; the unsought image: to see the beauty in an everyday subject, or in something I haven't looked at before – or haven't looked at properly.
Planning, technical knowledge and lots of photographic kit has advantages, but in the end it’s all down to the quality of the light, and a liberal helping of luck. Some of my best photographs have been totally unplanned: I’ve turned around by chance and seen something worth a quick shot – and that was The One: the best shot of the entire month. Highly satisfying.
Photography for me is at its best when it's intuitive – when it just feels right; although I do try to keep a few things in mind. I try to move around the subject as much as possible, to find the best shot. I always frame in-camera rather than cropping on-computer; and I try and avoid post-processing if possible, although a little exposure correction can sometimes be a useful thing. I’ll always think twice before any other manipulation: I like to take the given light and show it, not make it up. And I never forget the adage, quoted by Robert Capa among others: if in doubt, get closer.