I first got the bug for photography and film making from my grandparents when I was still at primary school. My gran used to shoot beautiful still images on a tiny Olympus compact camera and my grandpa captured moving images on an ancient and often unreliable cine camera.

I got my love of writing from my parents, who persuaded me to keep a diary of holidays and special events from almost as soon as I could hold a pencil.

What started as an interest, turned into a hobby, then developed into a creative outlet when my "proper" career didn't allow me to use that part of my brain.

For the past 15 years, I've been lucky enough to have worked and travelled all over the world, from remote lakeside campsites in the Peruvian Andes, to glaciers in the Karakoram mountains in Pakistan to tiny hilltop villages in northern Italy. During this time, I've always had a camera or a notebook nearby to try and capture some of the essence of the places I've been visiting.

From lowly beginnings I've worked hard at improving my skills, knowledge and style. I didn't set out to produce work that would sell - it was done as a form of self-expression and a way to try and capture memories.

My slightly quirky, offbeat style has proved popular with other people and I've ended up selling initially images, then copy and more recently, films too.

My portfolio of commercial clients now includes the cycling press, broadsheet newspapers, travel magazines, photographic magazines, the travel industry, the cycling industry, charities and a west-end theatre producer.

If you would like to contact me email me at this address: olly@cloud9trails.com

last updated 3/10/2015