Profile on Alan
It all started with a roll of film and a rangefinder camera.
My dad gave me his old Russian 35mm Zorki 4K.
All manual. I liked it.
It all grew from there. My high school art teacher said I should give it a try. I applied to college and put together a darkroom in my house.
There were always prints hanging up in the bathroom !
After gaining a Vocational Diploma in Photography at Glasgow College of Building and Printing I left and started in Boots colour printing for commercial experience.
I then started to freelance for Johnston Press and also took an opportunity to work as a photographic printer in The Scotsman darkroom in Edinburgh, convincing me to follow my passion.
After a time I was offered a staff photographer position with Johnston Press which later with expansion bought The Scotsman.
I have a love of photography in all its genre but covering editorial and sports has always played a big part in my career.
The great thing is the co-existence of film and digital opens up choice and approach.
Black and white is still my favourite medium.
No matter who we are and our background photography is a level playing field. A creative process, a crucible.
Each of us can follow the path we choose and enjoy the process.
After all, it's not all about the destination, it's the journey...
I still love it...