I am a former professional, now amateur, photographer living in the West Midlands, UK, who has been behind the camera for over fifty years. My passion for photography began when I picked up my mother’s box camera for the first time. In my professional career I worked in all sections of the photographic industry including studios, newspapers and public relations.
I have exhibited my work worldwide in both competitions and exhibitions where I have won numerous Regional, National and International awards, with some of my work remaining on permanent display in a few countries.
I hold the distinction DPAGB awarded by the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB), and am a Life Member of Smethwick Photographic Society (SPS) as well as being on the Roll of Honour of the society.
I am a former Licentiate of both the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain (LRPS) and The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (LSWPP) as well as being a former member of The Disabled Photographers Society (DPS). I was also a Fellow of the British Institute of Management (FBIM) and a Fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management (FinstSMM).
Although my professional career in photography was relatively short I gained valuable knowledge in most areas of the commercial photographic industry both as a working photographer and process technician including, mass processing, press work, PR and public relations, general studio work, as well as fashion, wedding and product photography.
My last employment in the industry was as studio manager for US Photographers, a local studio involved in all types of photographic work.
Having decided to change my career I worked part time as a wedding and portrait photographer whilst completing a full time course in electrical engineering, which was sponsored and funded by the TI Group. During this time I also served as a member of the TI Apprentice Training Board.
After working for various engineering companies I decided to start my own business in materials handling and was successful, with the help of some very dedicated staff, in building the business into a group of companies which were involved in design, manufacture, distribution and servicing, all of types of lifting equipment and also including computer hardware and software which became pioneers and leaders in their field.
At the age of 39yrs I decided to retire early from the 'rat race' and sold my businesses to an international company, who merged them into their operations.
Faced now with more free time than I had ever been used to I decided that photography would again become a full time interest.
Fortunately I had always retained my passion for photography and had my own colour darkroom and extensive collection of Minolta cameras and equipment. However, I soon realised that, because of my various disabilities, my days in the darkroom were over and so decided to investigate the newly emerging technology of computer imaging. I had used computers both at home and in my business career and so surrounded myself with all the latest toys and gismos to enable me to fulfil my passion.
These days my equipment is mostly Nikon and nearly all of my pictures are taken with one of several digital cameras and are, of course, processed digitally.
Since studio work has always been my real passion I have, at my home, a fully equipped studio, complete with various props and backgrounds and private area for models to make up, change etc.
Finally, I would like to thank the models that I have worked with who appear in pictures on this site, some of whom remain friends, and my many friends in the photographic world who have been a constant source of advice and inspiration and support.
Gallery images Copyright © Garry R. James