The Photographer

Photography has been a major passion of mine for the past 12 or so years. My first two cameras used film and it was with this medium that I learned the basics of photography as well as develop my interest in landscape and wildlife photography. I am glad that I was introduced to photography during the film era but my change to digital in 2004 has certainly made my art more creative, fun and easy.

Up until my trip to India my travel photography was largely Fine Art in genre. However, in Udaipur I met a New York Times photographer who reviewed some of my pictures and encouraged me to become more ‘edgy’ and to delve into humanitarian photography and photojournalism. That night I shot the local cocaine dealer and his clients and so started an additional interest in documentary photography.


Wild camping, Oman, 2012. Self-portrait
Wild camping, Oman, 2012. Self-portrait



Playing with perspective, Bolivia, 2011. Photo credit: Akash Pett
Playing with perspective, Bolivia, 2011. Photo credit: Akash Pett



I accompany most of my images with detailed descriptions of the scene. This is because I always wish to understand the stories behind each face and scene that I shoot. I do not simply pass through a location with the sole objective of accumulating pictures. All the wildlife images were made with the animals in their natural habitat.

Other from travel photography, I have experience in wedding, sport and event photography. I am a contributor to Getty Stock Images, arguably the world’s leading stock image library.

My primary body is a Canon 5D mark III and secondary is a 7D. I use 4 Canon lenses (17-40 L, 24-105 L IS, 70-200 L and 100-400 L IS).

Away from photography, I am a doctor in the Greater Glasgow area of Scotland. I studied at Dundee University and am originally from Skelmorlie on the Firth of Clyde. Additional interests include sports such as football, badminton and golf, SCUBA diving and outdoor pursuits including hill-walking. My most recent big trip was to Indonesia in July 2012 where I travelled between the many incredible volcanoes and temples then joined a live-a-board SCUBA diving trip around the Komodo Islands. In Feb 2014 I'm hoping to move to South Africa to work for a year.


Mwela and me, Zambia, 2007. Photo credit: Gordon M Buchanan
Mwela and me, Zambia, 2007. Photo credit: Gordon M Buchanan



Diving with manta rays, Komodo Islands, 2012. Photo credit: Kate Hanson
Diving with manta rays, Komodo Islands, 2012. Photo credit: Kate Hanson