Jim grew up abroad - Nigeria, Bangladesh, Italy - where he was exposed to all manner of danger by parents who negotiated war zones with an apparent ease. Their calm and relaxed approach was inherited by Jim, who recalls fondly the time his father give him a chick to play with, insisting he play on the floor rather than stand up. Meanwhile men in the house ran around with guns. Jim later discovered this was the fall of Kampala - at the time all he cared about was the promise that he would fly in a little propeller plane the following day.
Compared to this, his return to England (specifically Basingstoke) was doomed to be dull. No more curfews, no more armed guards on the school bus. So Jim threw himself into art, painting aeroplanes and boxers. Eventually he found himself at Winchester School of Art where painting was replaced by photography - he preferred the speed of the new medium going on to specialise in Fine Art Photography at Bournemouth.
Jim’s work looks at people and community, searching for universal human connections. He often finds himself in people’s lives that can only be described as difficult. This is where he looks for hope, even joy, in the shadows,
Something never taken for granted is the power of the camera to unlock others’ lives. He adheres to the belief that when you respect place, and people, you earn this back in return.