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Nigel West

I live in South Devon, next to the sea and within easy reach of Dartmoor. I am a lazy photographer preferring my bed to capturing sunrises. I aspire to Contemporary Photography but am still not quite sure what it is. I am technically proficient and aesthetically challenged. My artistic taste is predominently abstract. I like people and enjoy being involved in my local camera club.

Before, I was many things. I lived in Africa for a while as a volunteer then working in International Schools. I was a teacher (I seem to remember being qualified to teach science but I never really did that) – I specialised in children from 4 years old to 45 – not much difference in the two.

For a couple of years I taught A Level Photography in an Upper School to students whose talents so exceeded mine it was embarrassing! Mostly I taught maths but also English, French, History, Geography- actually, I hoped to teach people how to learn so that they didn’t need me! I worked with children with learning and behavioural difficulties- then their teachers- then their parents-then everyone else. I learnt a lot.

Now, I photograph what I want, most of it when travelling.