Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, it wasn't until I moved to the U.S. in 2003 that I picked up photography after buying a 1.3MP digital camera on eBay. I immediately fell in love, and when I got my work permit, I found a job as a dishwasher in a country club and saved up for a Canon EOS 300D; $1,200 and 6.1MP. I took it everywhere with me. On breaks at work I’d walk the grounds and shoot the sunset or trees or frog ponds; trips to the store took twice as long; shutter clicks punctured moments of silence.
Most of my photography was landscape, nature, and wildlife for the better part of the next decade, but that changed as soon as I moved to Chicago in the summer of 2014. After a couple of years exploring the city, following bad trends, and trying different techniques, I stumbled into my fascination with light and shadow when I accidentally caught sunset from a parking garage downtown. Leaning over the edge, I saw the sun was casting 30ft long shadows of the people crossing the street below. That was enough for me to become obsessed with how light interacts with the ever-changing city.
I've since worked with clients such as VSCO and Apple, was named as one of Highsnobiety's Top 5 Instagram Accounts to Follow, and I've shot album covers for The Pass and Minor Characters.
Aside from photography, I’m a digital media strategist, social media manager, bike rider, avid football fan (Hibs/Liverpool), Oxford, comma user, and a National Parks patch collector.
In 2007 I co-founded a small affiliate marketing company just before the financial crisis started (nailed it). In 2010 I founded Unrecordedmu.com, a daily music website which has been read by over 4,000,000 people and is staffed by a passionate group of music lovers from around the world, from writers and editors, to photographers, designers, and coders.
You can usually find me chasing light and shadows in the streets and alleyways of Chicago, slowly making my way towards the nearest Harold’s.