Paul first discovered the art of storytelling through photography during a four month sojourn in the Steppes of Mongolia following two years studying documentary photography in South Wales under the tutelage of Magnum photographer, David Hurn where he was inspired by both painters & photographers from the early 20th Century. Recording the traditional way of life in this vast landlocked country during the upheaval of Greater Russia has influenced much of his photography since. He has continued to travel widely on both personal and commissioned projects for commercial, editorial and charitable clients. These include The Sunday Times, San Francisco Examiner (US), Geographical Magazine, Animan (Switzerland), GEO (Germany), British Airways, Cable & Wireless, Dorling Kindersley and Survival International.
He has been a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) for 25 years, a ‘photographer-in-residence’ and a recipient of their Cherry Kearton Medal for ‘Photography of Peoples and the Natural World’. His portraits of British Explorers are part of the permanent collections at the RGS and National Portrait Gallery.
Paul continues to work with two frontline environment organisations, Earthwatch and Coral Cay Conservation, who have forged unique relationships between volunteers and scientists in the field as a means of better understanding our planet. From his base in the Yorkshire Dales, Paul regularly works on features and stories in the UK, and is a regular photographer for The National Trust, Yorkshire Dales National Park, BBC Countryfile magazine. He has also been involved in photographic education for several years leading adventure tours for Wild Photography Holidays, Light & Land and Wanderlust Journeys. His bespoke photo workshops concentrate on honing your skills as a visual communicator and engagement with your subject.
Since 2012, he has begun a series of short documentary films about local artists and is currently involved in a four year project to illustrate the Upper Nidderdale Landscape partnership in Yorklshire where he lives
He currently writes a regular thematic column for Outdoor Photography magazine.