A series of images made in the local village hair salons in the Huddersfield district of Yorkshire, England. I wanted to record the day to day life of the salon, the tedium, friendships, and tea breaks, all the life there is in this occupation of promise and beauty, that turns out to be hard work, often boring, competitive, and poorly paid
I started taking photographs at around 10 years old using cameras with the crudest focusing and exposure settings. I made more dreadful images than good, but it had me gripped as a creative medium. After school my parents pointed me towards a 'proper' job in engineering. After only a few years this occupation had to go, and I enrolled at the local college to do a general art course, but while there I dropped the general art and focused entirely on photography. That was back in 1981, and since then I've lived off commercial work while pursuing personal photographic projects especially centered around the South Pennine area of Yorkshire, England. I use large format black and white for much of this work, and I'm active in promoting film and the darkroom as a creative route, introducing young people to both via work experience projects. I will be taking and making photographs one way or another for the rest of my life.