My place name project first appeared as a tv series called "Lesser Spotted Britain" on UK's Channel 4 in 2002 but the roots were sown at a much earlier age.
From the age of 3 I spent many childhood holidays in the Cumbrian hamlet of Boot and as a teen, a Danish roadtrip inadvertently passed through Middelfart.
Combine this with a cultural diet that included Monty Python, The Goon Show, Dick Emery, The Two Ronnies and my parents' love for Ansel Adams' monochrome landscape photography and the result was 2004's book "Far From Dull and other places". A coffee-table book that was equally at home on that shelf in the toilet, this photographic road trip documented the abundant absurdity to be found along the B-roads of the British Isles. A truly quirky,lopsided representation of UK.
In 2008 I started up Lesser Spotted Images to publish my road sign photographs as greeting cards, mugs, coasters and other gifts under the brand name "Lesser Spotted Britain". The range was awarded "Best New Product" at Scotland's Trade Fair 2009. In the same year, Lesser Spotted Britain was nominated for the final of the Henries - the UK Greeting Cards awards - in the humour category.
This was followed up with a second book - the self titled "Lesser Spotted Britain" which features over 100 village name & road sign photographs - from surreal to downright smutty - from around Great Britain!