About James

Photography is a passion, and one which I share with a love of music, food, travel and an active outdoor life.

With several explorers on one side of my family (and inevitably for a photographer), I am an inveterate traveller, yet, no matter where my journeys take me, I always look forward to coming home. On the other side of the family, with both my mother and grandmother working as professional artists, growing up in such an artistic environment has obviously influenced my choice of career.

Born in Ireland to a family that has been on the same land in county Kildare for over 300 years, this is where I now live with my wife Jo and three children at Burtown House, and why I have such a passion for the garden and surrounding landscape. I think the effect of changing light in the Irish landscape has greatly enhanced my love of natural light in photography.

The beautiful restored garden at this house is renowned today, and I have become actively involved with the development of what remains of the family estate. I have set up sculpture walks through the old meadows and parkland, as well as creating a nature reserve. It is open to the public in season, and we run a busy restaurant and gallery café.

Ireland has been the focus of a series of successful book projects, as well as influencing my photographic career.

I have now produced a total of 16 books, ranging from candid portraits of Ireland’s vanishing traditions and characters, to capturing the unique legacy of history and magnificence of some of Britain’s finest properties. Most of the books are specialised in interiors and architecture, but a number are my own photographic projects. View my books here.

When not behind a camera, I garden and expand my other interests, which includes recording music, much of which I have written myself.

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