I’m a professional photographer, specializing in events, professional and lifestyle portfolios, headshots, dance & theatrical performances, family portraits, etc.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves ...
I completed my schooling in Croydon, England, studied French, German and Russian in Birmingham, then moved to Cologne, Germany in the mid-Seventies to work first in the building materials trade and then as a sales rep for 3M Do-It-Yourself products. In 1984 I talked my way into a German music-publishing company and became a radio promoter, which served as a stepping-stone for the next 16 years of promoting over 130 of the world’s most famous rock and pop stars of the 80’s and 90’s. Elton John, Celine Dion, Bon Jovi, Metallica, Robert Plant, Lionel Richie, Donna Summer, Def Leppard, Tears For Fears, Dire Straits and Kiss were just a few of the artists I had the privilege of working with as, among other things, Head of Promotion and International Marketing Manager of Mercury Records, Germany. One of my most memorable recollections is watching the Berlin Wall in 1989 as it was being torn down, then accompanying Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters as he put on his legendary rock opus “The Wall” in July 1990 on Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz.
Around the turn of the millennium I bade the “biz” farewell and became a professional German/English translator, a profession that allowed me to work anywhere in the world. I had always loved visiting the States, and maintained an on-off love affair with Florida for the next 2 years before eventually arriving in Sarasota in 2001 on my birthday, February 17, while touring Florida on my Harley. I knew the second I saw St. Armand’s Circle that I wanted to settle on the Sun Coast. I met my wife Maria shortly afterwards, and moved permanently to Sarasota in December 2002.
In 2003 I discovered my love of acting, and have since enjoyed roles in 1776 - The Musical, My Fair Lady, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Bells are Ringing, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Zorba, WillmS, Oliver, The Sound of Music, Murder at Cafe Noir, Got A Minute? Play Festival 2006, 2007, 2008 + 2009, Sarasota Actors Workshop, Theatre Odyssey, Always A Part Of Me, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Candide, If The Devil Could Fall In Love, Little Women, The Pretender, Run For Your Wife and Caught In The Net at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, Players of Sarasota, Venice Theatre, Manatee Players, Golden Apple Dinner Theatre and the Backlot.
A further highlight was in February 2006, when I was asked to be Ringmaster of Circus Sarasota for its 2006 season. And I was pleased and proud to be the Ringmaster for its 2007 10th anniversary season, Celebrating A Decade of Excellence.
Never one to be at a loss for words, I joined WIBQ radio in September 2004 as host of my show Talk of the Sun Coast. From February to December 2007, I broadcast through Sarasota’s Community Radio WSLR, and then through March 2009 on local AM station WSRQ.
I am proud to be the recipient of the Sarasota County Arts Council 2007 Arts Leadership Award for Media. I won Best Suncoast Enthusiast and Best Local Actor in Creative Loafing’s Best of 2007 & 2008, and I was voted one of the top three in the category Best Local Actor 2008 & 2009 by the readers of Sarasota Magazine and the Readers’ Choice winner in the Sarasota Herald Tribune’s Curtain Call 2008 of Best Supporting Actor, Play for my performance as Val in the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre production of Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor.
In March 2009 I was voted Best Local Charismatic Actor by the readers of SRQ Magazine in its Best of SRQ Local 2009. I am also very proud to have been voted Best Emcee/Auctioneer 2009 by Scene Magazine!
In 2009 I was voted Best Local Media Personality, Best Local Actor and Best Mixed Messaage by the readers and critics of Creative Loafing’s “Best of the Suncoast 2009″ poll!
November 2010: I was voted Best Local Media Personality by the readers and critics of Creative Loafing’s “Best of the Suncoast 2010″ poll!
I became a citizen of the United States of America on February 14, 2014.
I’m a Professional Event, Performance & Headshot Photographer.
Every summer between July and September, I "go walkabout". It started in 2013, when I decided to discover more countries on my home continent of Europe, and visited 15 countries in 50 days with a backpack and a camera. I published my book "Walkabout Europe" on the strength of this trip. A year later I took 3 months to cover the entire continent of Australia and New Zealand.
In 2015 I went on a National Geographic tour of Cuba for 9 days, and two months later I traveled to China, Tibet and Hong Kong to diversify my portfolio.
Photographic courses taken in 2016 include "Headshot Intensive" and "Illuminating The Face" with Peter Hurley, as well as National Geographic's "Advanced Photo Workshop - New York City" with Joe McNally. In September 2017 I completed a portraiture course in North Carolina with Nikon Ambassador Tamara Lackey.
In 2016 I visited The Pacific Northwest, Bermuda, New York and New England.
In June 2017 I attended a "Dance & Performance Photography Workshop" in New Orleans with Zack Smith Photography, accompanied Circus Sarasota & Sailor Circus to Washington D.C. for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, attended a course in North Carolina held by Nikon Ambassador Tamara Lackey, and traveled to Poland, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Germany on my Walkabout 2017.
In June 2018 I traveled to Iceland for a landscape photography workshop with Dan Ballard Photography. On completion I flew to Bergen in Norway and spent a couple of weeks visiting Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Hamburg.
In October 2018 I went to New York to learn from Lindsay Adler at a Fashion Photography Intensive Workshop.
June 2019: Yellowstone Wildlife Safari with Backcountry Journeys.
June 23, 2019: I accompanied high-wire artists Nik and Lijana Wallenda to New York to photograph their walk above Times Square.
December 2019: My "bucket-list" had always included the continent of Antartica, so I took off the month of December 2019 to join Muench Workshops on the icebreaker "Ushuaia" and sail to Antartica with over 70 other photographers and naturalists. On our return to Tierra der Fuego, a group of us flew to El Calafate and El Chaiten in Patagonia for 6 days. I ended my 2019 walkabout with a week of Christmas shopping and sightseeing in beautiful Buenos Aires in Argentina.
John Ringling Causeway and Sarasota Skyline, March 9. 2020
Antartica, December 2019
Santa Maddalena, Cover "Professional Photographer", May 2019