Philip Kirkham - About Me

I was born in Lytham, Lancashire in 1950, and I spent most of my life in that area.

I was educated at Earnseat School at Arnside, then Giggleswick School in North Yorkshire. It was at these 2 schools that I developed my love of wildlife and photography. My father also influenced me and bought me my first camera when I was just 12 years old.

Photography

In 2001 I joined Fylde Bird Club where I met Philip Tomkinson, a keen photographer. He was instrumental in my changing to digital cameras and helped me enormously with both wildlife photography and image processing on the computer, and I shall always be indebted to him for all his help and patience.

In November 2004, I made a 3 week photographic trip to S Africa. I stayed with a good friend at Jeffries Bay, and enjoyed taking pictures of the various bird species in that area. I also made several safari trips to local game reserves, including Addo and Shamwari, where I was fortunate to take quite a number of large mammal images, the elephant being the main subject.

In October 2005, I stayed with a couple of close friends in Minnesota. Needless to say the camera gear went with me, and we made a 4500 mile road trip, visiting 13 states. I took quite a number of photographs, but would have liked to have stopped in Yellowstone a lot longer!

January 2006 has seen the biggest, and possibly hardest transition of my life. My wife and I have moved to a beautiful cottage on the Isle of Bute, which has the sea and Seals at the front, and a wood and Deer at the back. The island is a photographers dream, abounding in all sorts of different flora and fauna, and having some amazing landscapes. I also live quite near to Mount Stuart, which itself is an incredible area for photography.

In May, 2007, I started a cottage industry at my house on Bute, transferring my images to a variety of media including mats, coasters, T shirts etc, using the dye sublimation process. The business very soon out grew the premises, and in May, 2008 my wife and I migrated the business to our current shop/workshop at Picture Bute.

I am a previous member of the National Union of Journalists, and used to be a moderator on the United Kingdom Nature Photographer's website. My work has been published in the Daily Telegraph, the Times, the Herald, and various magazines and books, and I have sold literally thousands of my images as prints and on a variety of other mediums.