Paul was born in England and moved to Australia to study photography in the 1980's at both Photography Studies College and the Australian College of Photography, Art & Communication, Melbourne. Formal portrait work of Asian boat people made then, is represented in both the Australian National Gallery, Canberra and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.


He returned to UK to work as a freelance photographer specialising in architectural work with clients including ‘Country Life’ magazine, ‘The Landmark Trust’ (an historic buildings trust), architects, housing associations etc.  The work has appeared in magazines, brochures, annual reports and books.  In England he gained an MA in Art & Design at Leeds Metropolitan University.


He moved to New Zealand in 1997 where he teaches photography on a commercial photography programme at UCOL in Palmerston North. Students Paul has taught have won the NZIPP Student Photographer of the Year for the past twelve consecutive years as well as winning the Canon Eyecon Award six times consecutively.  Graduates have gone on to win a number of awards including NZIPP awards and Qantas/Canon Media Awards.  


Paul was awarded the HPTT Teaching Excellence Award in 2014 and then in 2015, he received an Ako Aotearoa Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award presented at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand.  


His photographic work has received Merit Awards resulting in work being published by the American magazine B&W which is circulated amongst photographers, collectors and curators. He has won a number of awards including  Gold and Silver Medals at both the New Zealand and Australian Professional Photography Awards, culminating in Master of the AIPP and Fellow (Four Gold Bars) of the NZIPP. In 2008, he won the Adobe/NZIPP 'Creative Photographer of the Year' Award and was a Finalist for the 'New Zealand Professional Photographer of the Year' Award.  He won the 2009 NZIPP/Central Districts Award and then both the 2009 ImageLab/NZIPP 'New Zealand Landscape Photographer of the Year' Award and the 2009 Epson/NZIPP 'New Zealand Professional Photographer of the Year Award'. After becoming a Finalist in the 2010 'New Zealand Travel Photographer of the Year', he went on to win the 2010 L&P/AIPP 'Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year Award'.  in 2011 and again in 2015, Paul was a Finalist for the 'New Zealand Landscape Photographer of the Year'.


Recent work has been published in 'Virgin Blue', 'GEO France' and New Zealand 'Homestyle' magazines.  Work has been featured in New Zealand online e-magazine 'f11' as well as New Zealand 'D-Photo' magazine and Australian 'Photo Review'.  He has written a number of tutorial based articles for the Australian magazine 'Digital Photography' and has run various courses including current Photoshop and Landscape Masterclasses (see Workshops page on this site).  He also wrote a column for The Photographers' Mail in New Zealand for two years.  Photographic interests include  landscape work, often using long exposures to explore notions of time, in addition to architectural imagery and digitally produced still-life constructions. Some of his work is represented in The Picture Lounge Gallery at Wanaka and Photographers' Gallery Hawkes Bay in Napier.  


Currently, he is combining photography with his passion for fly fishing for wild New Zealand trout with DSLR video work.  He enjoyed taking time out in 2015 to watch his son John compete in the World Youth Fly Fishing Championships in Colorado, USA and recently returned from a photographic trip to South Georgia and Antarctica.