I am a UK expat living in Shanghai since 2010, married with 2 young boys.  

Born in Birmingham UK in 1969, I grew up in Essex and Hertfordshire before moving to London in 1990. I spent the next 20 years moving around the Capital until I was offered my current  job in China.

I have always had an interest in photography but only started to explore it more in the last few years. The  cameras that I have owned illustrate how I am drawn to smaller, more versatile cameras. From the Panasonic LX3 ( which I used to take a portrait in Mexico that earned me a nomination in the Times newspaper's Global Citizen Traveler competition), then the Panasonic GF1  with the 20mm 1.7 Leica Prime , to the Fuji x100 - a seriously beautiful camera that despite its quirks in operation is capable of outstanding picture quality.

More recently I have been bitten by the Leica bug. I picked up a used M9 in November 2012 and since then have acquired a number of Leica lenses for it , some vintage like the 50mm Rigid Summicron and some modern like the excellent pairing of the 28mm  Summicron ASPH and the 50  Summilux ASPH. I have also purchased an M6 and plan to start shooting some film later on in the year.

The title of this blog is Photographing Family and Life, I photograph my family and try to document our life and the culture of this very strange and beautiful city we now find ourselves living in.

Thanks for stopping by.  

James