My Grandmother gave me a camera when I was 7 years old and I have used one ever since.

I liked it at once, a way through the lens of making decisions about what to capture in a split second on film was appealing. This is one of the first images I recorded of our family dog, Sheba

At art college we were let loose with 35mm and 2 ¼ square cameras to document the local area and learn studio and darkroom techniques.

Throughout my career I have always enjoyed traveling and exploring. I have always carried my sketchbook with me but it’s also great to capture images quickly through the camera lens.

You have to be in a particular place at a particular time with particular conditions to capture that very split second of history and therefore all photographic images are unique.

I once did a walk with my camera along the Kent coast between Minnis Bay and Reculver Towers and discovered these old beach Groynes with pebbles stuck in them, washed up by the rough seas. I made a sideways double collage from them. A few weeks later I decided to repeat my walk and take another set of photos.

The Groynes had gone, replaced by a stone breakwater. I had had my chance.