Well it’s really good to be able to launch this new site. I started Sharpen Your Image some years back and my site then was designed by Brian Parkinson at Making Sense Design. It was a very nice site and served me well but there comes a time with every site where it needs to be consigned to history and a new one configured. So I have gone for WordPress and intend to make use of the blogging facility to publish what I can and when I can.
For those who don’t know me, I am a professional photographer specializing in medical work. Nowadays I concentrate on medico-legal, medical negligence and personal injury work and, with a network of photographers all around the country, I cover the UK so that solicitors and law practices only need to come to me to have a client photographed, no matter where in the UK that client happens to be. It saves the solicitor (and other staff in the practice) a huge amount of time and effort in trying to track down a suitable photographer close to their client.
I also teach on the medical illustration courses at Staffordshire University and have been the professional liaison there for all the students undertaking the Graduate and Postgraduate Certificates since the courses started in 2006. There have been around 120 students through the courses now, both photographers and graphic designers and it has been both hard work and a pleasure working on the courses. I shall try and use some of my blog posts here for current students and cover some of the topics they will encounter during the course.
The whole profession of medical photography and medical illustration means a great deal to me. I have been involved with the Royal Photographic Society (the RPS) in the 1980s and with the Institute of Medical Illustrators since 1979; I served on IMI Council and was IMI Chairman in the 1990s. I am now concentrating more on regulation for the profession and am currently Chair and Registrar of CAMIP, the regulatory body which manages the register of medical illustrators.