‘About’ in 5 ‘A’s…
I’m an Autodidact – good word that, I learned it myself (although I stole the joke from Alan Moore) – writer, photographer, artist and designer… who pays the bills by working in the basement of a furniture shop in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, where I live (in Doncaster that is, not the basement of a furniture shop) with my partner Louise and our children, Adam, India Kate, Harry and Arissa Hope.
I’m an Anglarchist… and Anglophile anarchist who’s philosophy and politics is intimately tied to a sense of place; not in some abstract, jingoistic, bullshit nationalist way, but as somebody who realises that anything of real value emerges from – and comes back to – our relationship to the land on which we live and the beings* which we share it with. As an Englishman that connection is felt deepest in the Northern half of the South East section of the Isle of Albion, and I am most heavily influenced by a clutch of wonderful English Williams… Godwin, Blake, Wordsworth, Cobbett, Barnes & Morris.
*I am an Animist… you will often find me talking openly to other living things (especially pigeons – whom my dearly departed friend Mozaz used to describe as ‘the proletariat of the animal world’ – and snails – I’m pleased to say that my younger son, Harry, is also something of a snail whisperer), but those who look closely will also observe that I tend to stroke a lot of inanimate objects… because talking to them would be silly, wouldn’t it?
I’m an Author (actually I’m really just an opinionated scribbler, but that didn’t begin with an ‘A’) who writes for alternative – but beautifully produced 😉 – publications like The Idler and the Dark Mountain journal, where I’ve had the honour of being bound together with writers and artists who I admire and who have helped further my ongoing education.
And finally I’m an Artist, but being a bit of a rubbish draughtsman I tend to try and capture form with photography. Although I’m really a film lover the vast majority of the images on my blog were captured using a borrowed Olympus XZ-1 digital compact… thank God for GIMP is say!