Phil has had many years working as a graphic designer with emphasis in photography and video. Originally from Bristol, he moved to London in the early ‘80s. He studied at what was the London College of Printing and was taught by lecturer and independent film-maker, Steve Dwoskin later working and collaborating on his film projects at the time. He was a BFI New Director in the first year of the competition in 1989 with a short surrealist film. He moved with his wife and son to Bath in 2008.
His personal photography often embeds a strong narrative element – sometimes surreal – a happening moment, photogenic characters, an alignment or juxtaposition which reveals an unexpected resonance or stark contrast between elements within the frame. He feels that photography – especially street photography – needs to work harder than ever before to command attention and avoid dwelling on the mundane and common place. He is a co-founder of PhotoBath.