Hugh's photography career spans more than three decades. Over this period and at different times he specialised in several genres of photography, chronologically: Medical and Biological Illustrator,  Advertising, Food & Still Life Photographer, Room-Set, People, Interiors and Environments Photographer.

    Since 2016, following this successful commercial career, Hugh also now directs his creativity to constructing surreal photographic landscapes. He photographs scenes and objects, for the most part, inspired by pareidolia observations.

    The aesthetic direction taken often references cultural and ecological themes. Other times Hugh follows an intriguing childlike vision of adventure, travel and fantasy. Both approaches result in his trademark whimsical landscapes; scenes that belie the origins of the final made photograph.


From the original inspiration bespoke photography of found objects, scenes and textures follow. To build the creations between 3 and 8 photographs are used in the constructs. Using Lightroom and Photoshop the digital images are processed an overlaid with some parts of the images erased others opaque. Further post production techniques on these layers may follow until the final and new narratives present themselves.


Original photographs are captured using Nikon cameras and lenses with the occasional photograph by way of an i phone. For lighting, natural light is preferred. If supplementary lighting  is required or for creating special effects Nikon Speedlights are first choice when on location and Broncolor studio flash when more powert is required. Apple Mac computers, Eizo monitor, Wacom tablets complete the hardware



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