Back in a dim and distant careers class, I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. A weaver, I said. Mainly because I was looking at a careers magazine, and the photograph was of a woman beside a loom. It was a beautiful black and white portrait. Light flooded in from a large window, illuminating the side of the weaver’s face, and throwing the room into shadow on the other side. Steam rose from the weaver’s mug of tea. She looked very happy.
It took me a while to work out it was the person taking the photograph I really wanted to be. To be able to capture people and moments like that. Photography has been a passion ever since. From the family Instamatic to the Praktica 35mm SLR my mum and dad bought me for Christmas, through my university days roaming the backstreets of Newcastle taking random shots of what I saw (I didn’t know it was called street-photography!), to landing a proper job in advertising, working as a copywriter in a midlands ad agency.
Words and pictures – for press and magazine ads, commercials, mailings, websites – took over my life. Whenever I could, I got myself on to shoots, both still and moving image. When I worked for Oxfam, I was packed off to India for five weeks by myself: with a notebook, a camera and a bag of film. Eventually, becoming a creative director back in the ad agency world, and latterly partner and co-owner of an agency in London, I was able to divert investment into buying cameras, to produce our own films and stills shoots in-house.
My work has appeared in many magazines including Food & Travel, Metropolitan, Coast, Country Living, Good Housekeeping, and The Simple Things; newspapers such as The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, The Times, and Observer Magazine; and on TV & radio as well as cinema and web screens internationally. Oftentimes winning awards, too.
I formed Stanley Films & Photography in 2014 to focus on what it was that really excited me, to bring my distinctive creative style to brands and individuals looking for a more personal creative approach to film and photography.
So I find myself to be a different kind of weaver. A story-teller. Weaving words and imagery to tell stories for brands, people and organisations through film and photography.
Born in Lancashire, I now live in rural Oxfordshire and have a fully equipped studio in Chipping Norton, and work across the UK and internationally. My film work can be found on a sister site www.stanleyfilms.co.uk – where you can see commercials, web films, profile films, promos, etc I’ve produced.
Thanks for taking the time to look at my site. If you’d like to discuss a project, do please get in touch – either by calling +44 (0)1608 642204, or by using the contact form on the Bookings page.