When he learned to fly ten years later he was able to extend his skills into aerial photography, recording on film changes both industrial and natural in his native Norfolk landscape, always with Canon cameras and lenses. More recently Mike has concentrated solely on digital photography, having started with an EOS D30, progressing to an EOS D60. He now uses a 1D mk3.
His photographic library now contains in excess of 75,000 images.
From his collection of photographs taken over a number of years together with recent ones, Mike has been able to record dramatic coastal erosion, coastal drift and the differing characteristics of the whole stretch of the Norfolk and Suffolk coastline starting at Felixstowe in the south and ending at Kings Lynn. In this latest book he has photographed historic buildings, villages, windfarms, monastic ruins, new housing developments, cliff falls, harbours, windmills, beaches, sand dunes, industrial scenes and nature reserves of which there is an unbroken chain along much of the North Norfolk Coast. He particularly enjoys capturing changing cloud formations and the effects of wind upon wave patterns in sand at various states of the tide also the extraordinary colours and textures of saltmarshes, the last natural wildernesses.
Because aerial photography can be used for such as variety of purposes Mike’s images have been used by many organisations, the news media and schools. Using a small video camera attached to the aircraft he has produced in addition three video films and DVDs of the Suffolk and Norfolk coastline with all profits from the sales donated to the RNLI and to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.