I first got interested in photography while at college in 1982. Back then I tended to photograph anything and everything. I studied the first year City & Guilds in Photography and passed with Credit then, between July 2000 and April 2011 focused on portrait photography and model portfolio development. After a four year break I signed up for a one year adult education course in Creative Photography (as a refresher) which I recently completed. I'm currently a member of IPSE (Independent Photography in the South East) and the Royal Photographic Society.

I consider myself first and foremost a portrait photographer, and I believe that good communication is vital to achieve the best results. I'm looking for models who are interested in collaborating on a number of creative projects. At the moment I'm particularly interested in working with models who can either be themselves or assume an authentic persona for the camera, and who are happy to be un-styled/self-styled. The photography is candid to remove myself, and the model's awareness of the camera, from the photos. If the shoot is outdoors then think of it like street photography, or perhaps voyeuristic photography, but where both sides are complicit. If the shoot is indoors it will be in a living environment (usually the model's home) because I'm looking for the same sense of 'reality'. Such shoots can be anything from fully clothed to nude, depending on the model and the environment. My objective is to produce a number of collections of photos for submission to the RPS, for exhibition and for publication in book form.

Simon (aka Xanda)

Favourite photographers:

Sally Mann
Nan Goldin
Jane Bown
David Hamilton
Jan Saudek
Richard Avedon
Joyce Tenneson
Joel-Peter Witkin
David Bailey