I’m Bamford Media’s resident photographer, capturing incredible images and moments for our clients.
My passion is documentary photography. I weave in storytelling to create magical results.
This approach to photography can sit within most types of genres; as long as there are people or items, colours, textures, objects – anything that helps to set the scene.
I prefer to be on location, but I can work within four simple walls or even one.
If i shoot events, then there is usually a target, some form of a theme. Brand activation and lifestyle for a commercial market can take on many of these characteristics again, which I have built up through some 20 years of experience.
As a boy, I was always messing around with a camera. Whether it was a box camera or a disposable, and now mostly a digital SLR.
I love to be a fly on the wall with my camera. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t see life through a lens.
If you prepare for any location, you will believe you can capture the story before it unfolds. In lifestyle you create the setting which I still enjoy, but in documentary, it is all about being prepared to not standstill. Freezing the moment within your viewfinder. I often compare this type of photography to fly fishing on a wild river.
I learned my professional craft by developing the slide and negative rolls of film of many of the world’s best sports photographers, where they never take any moment for granted. I agree you have to be on your toes.
-Junior Darkroom Technician Allsport UK (Getty Images) 1998-2002
-Resident photographer for Manchester’s music event The Warehouse Project 2009-12.
-In late 2018 my work was finally exhibited within a gallery, and I achieved 24hrs exclusive access with The Chic Organization and a memorable 1-2-1 moment with double GRAMMY winner Nile Rodgers within their UK tour.
When I’m not thinking about life through a lens, I love my time with my partner Jo, that’s right, we are Jo and Joe. It’s somewhat confusing,
Joanne is Mum to our wonderful typical energetic two boys. Eric is 6 and Fred is 3. We have a cat, 3 chickens, 2 fish and live in the countryside within the grounds of a working farm.
We all love music; it was a massive part of my 12 years in Manchester. Now I’m older, I play my vinyl in front of the fire. For me, music is a potent tool to help nurture the stresses of life. My collection is healthy, and it helps realignment and stability, both physically and mentally. I encourage my children and anyone who visits my home to play something beautiful and embrace their inner feelings.
Jo and I are keen gardeners; we encourage our boys to be secure in their knowledge of sustainability. Respect everything, be kind and be brave. I do believe in fate and karma. JTD x