About John

JohnRHOriginally from the West Midlands in England, I saw the light and repatriated with my wife and family to South Wales in 1994.

My background is in logistics having worked for a national Supermarket companies for 21 years as a Logistics, IT Systems Development and General Manager running National operations in England and Wales.

I am a qualified ASA Level 3 coach and worked fulltime from 2000-2014 as a Head Coach / Director of Swimming at a number of clubs and squads having placed a number of swimmers on National and International teams.

I retired from full time work in 2014 on my 60th birthday.

I have been passionate about photography for over 25 years, having progressed from my first SLR camera in 1976, a Practika LTL3, through a range of cameras to today’s Canon DSLR’s.

I also teach Photography, Photoshop, Lightroom & Web SiteDesign in both classes and one-on-one situations at all levels from beginner to advanced.

I designed and manage this Shadows and Light website.

I also founded HawkesRidge Photography which was originally focused mainly on landscape  photography, and ShadowsandLight (with Keith Tracy).

In early 2016, with Keith, I also co-founded a new venture, FirstFrame which provides handmade solid wood frames for both our own works and other photographers and artists.