still pictures|moving words

‘I make things better than they are.’

Roderick Field is a photographer and writer specialising in untold stories from around the world. Born in South London in 1965, he moved north of the river after a brief but entertaining education. Thus began a career in photography, training in the noble art of monochrome printing along the way. Now a travelling photographer, writer and qualified psychotherapist, he is on a mission to capture the essence of what it is to be human — in light and form, gesture and relationship.

‘With an emphasis on spontaneity, I prefer the quality of natural light and the immediacy of digital capture. I find myself chasing the light in the darkness; wherever it leads me, I go. I look for the wonder in the unlikely, surprising moments of life being lived. I am drawn to them and try to pin them down to keep, in pictures and words. ‘

Always there is food, literally defining the flavour of the region as it joins the people to the land, organically describing local heritage. The kindness of strangers, my hosts, includes me at mealtimes and I am allowed in, to get closer.’

Roderick writes a monthly column on photography, enjoys portraiture assignments and travels about for publications including Lonely Planet, Condé Nast Traveller, Olive, Sainsbury’s Magazine and Food & Travel. He currently lives in West London, slowly writing his first novel whilst being constantly distracted by ways to marry words and pictures in purposeful harmony. He has several works in the National Portrait Gallery.

‘To take photographs, is putting one’s head, one’s eye and one’s heart on the same axis.’ cartier‐bresson