I have been an active mountaineer for more than 40 years; an interest in mountains and photography, awakened in 1972, was inspired further by images published from the British Everest and American K2 Expeditions in 1975. This would subsequently encourage me to research, organise and then lead trekking, climbing and photographic expeditions to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim, India and Pakistan. Those visits to the Himalaya now total twenty five, and they continue today.
By 1986 I had established commercial relationships with several travel companies, including The Ultimate Travel Company (then known as ExplorAsia) and KE Adventure Travel, and for the next 20 years worked in the travel industry as a trekking consultant, professional trekking guide and expedition leader. As a frequent visitor to The Himalaya, I have accumulated an extensive collection of photographs of the region, particularly of the great 8000 metre peaks - the very highest mountains in the world.
My written work, much of which related to travel in the Himalayan regions, accompanied by a significant amount of photography, appeared in the major climbing magazines of the 1980's and 1990's, namely 'The Great Outdoors, Climber and Hillwalker, Lakeland Walker, High and Trail Magazine. My images have also appeared high profile works by other writers, including 'On Top of the World' by John Cleare, 'The Magic of the Munros' and 'The Call of The Corbetts' by Irvine Butterfield, 'Exploring the North-West of Scotland' by Richard Gilbert and 'Wilderness Walks' by Cameron McNeish.
As a consequence of exposing my work to a wider audience, either at public lectures or in climbing magazines, I decided to publish a selection of images in the form of prints. As a resident of Fort William at the time, the print I chose to launch onto the market was 'Ben Nevis in Winter Raiment'. It was an instant success; it led to the development the wider range of products that continues today and, in 1983, gave birth to my business Mountain Images.