I am a creative and highly experienced cameraman, with a great passion and drive to film natural history and environmental documentaries. 

Today, nature faces many threats but fortunately there are scientists, conservationists and indigenous people devoted to protecting the environment and the wildlife around them. It is these stories, involving interactions between nature and people that I am most committed to filming.

Examples of this style of cinematography can be seen, most recently in the BBC series, “Our Changing Planet”, an ambitious environmental series that is visiting six different ecosystems around the world over the next seven years to monitor the health of the environment and keep a close eye on restoration efforts. For series one, our team travelled to Iceland to study retreating glaciers and to Brazil’s Pantanal to explore the conflict between the jaguars and people.

I have filmed the conservation efforts of many inspirational people and scientists. In “Giraffes: African’s Gentle Giants”, we worked with Dr Julian Fennessy from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, who is making heroic efforts to protect giraffe throughout Africa. In “The Batman of Mexico”, we filmed the biologist, Rodrigo Medellin on his epic mission to recover the population of lesser long nosed "tequila" bats and I was very fortunate to film Sir David Attenborough in ‘Attenborough’s Wonder of Song’, in which he explains the importance of preserving nature’s remaining melodies.

I was director of photography for the BBC/PBS series, “The Age of Nature”, which follows scientists as they examine closely our relationship with nature, its remarkable resilience and its ability to bounce back from even the most terrible of states. I helped develop and film Channel 4's, "Saving Planet Earth: Fixing a Hole", which tells the story of the Montreal Protocol, the world's most successful environmental treaty to date, a ratification of all countries around the world to eliminate the threat of Ozone depletion.

More examples of these people-nature films can be seen in the ten BBC Natural Worlds I have helped to film. One of my proudest BBC Natural World productions to work on and a good example of my filming style, was “H is for Hawk; A New Chapter”, which tells the story of the wonderful author, Helen Macdonald training her second goshawk.

I am also experienced in filming pure blue chip natural history sequences and challenge myself to film wildlife and their behaviour in the most creative ways, whilst using the latest equi

As well I have a great passion for macro filming and enjoy set building, lighting, studio setups, and shooting macro in the field. I have always been fascinated by insects and exploring their behaviour whilst pushing to film with unique angles and moves. Examples of my macro work can be seen in the Apple series "Tiny Worlds", the Masonry Bee sequence, building a tepee structure out of sticks to protect their eggs, and BBC 4, Spider House.

I have filmed many people-based documentaries such as BBC Horizon's, Alistair Campbell; Depression and Me, and Body Clock; what makes us tick.

I am experienced with long lens, gimbal work, and I am qualified drone operator.

About | Background

I have always been fascinated by wildlife and nature.

As a kid I was obsessed with digging up earthworms, rummaging in rockpools or constructing poorly built hides in the garden, attempting to photograph birds in flight. The photos quite often out of focus, and once I did manage to scare our window cleaner right off the top of his ladder when I eagerly popped out of my hide, so not always a success. Apart from a few broken bones he was okay. My enthusiasm for the natural world led me to study Zoology and then a MSc in animal behaviour, studying frogs in Sulawesi.

Images: Sulawesi Field Work

I then worked as a field biologist studying meerkats in the Kalahari and was fortunate to meet a film crew. I enthusiastically got involved with the meerkat filming and camera assisted the director of photography, Robin Cox. A great man, he really helped me by getting me work on several shoots as a camera assistant. He is a superb DoP, so I made sure to learn as much as I possibly could from him. Many years on and I have gained a wealth of experience in filming a wide range of natural history and environmental documentaries. I have had the opportunity to work with inspiring people and incredible wildlife worldwide.

I always wanted to work in conservation but as I became more obssessed with taking photos and filming, I decided that I could possibly have a wider impact by filming wildlife and ecosystems under threat and people’s conservation efforts in response, to educate the audience in the importance of protecting the environment. Perhaps I should I have stuck with Zoology!

Images: Kalahari

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