Giles Penfound’s Photo Archive.
Many thanks for visiting my archive, I hope you enjoyed it half as much as I did making all the images.
This archive is a small representative selection of the photographic work I’ve been making for the last thirty years or so and is a great treasure to me.
It represents the grand and small photographic desires and challenges I’ve had and is without doubt a reminder for me of just how lucky I am to be a photographer. This grand adventure started for me when I was the tender age of twelve when I saw an image by Henri Cartier-Bresson for the first time. While it took about fourteen years for me to finally recognise and realise the dream of becoming a professional photographer, that first encounter with HCB stayed with me and provided a gentle if not solid foundation of photographic inspiration to me from that day to this.
My professional life as a photographer is all thanks to the British Army, first as a very green and inexperienced Battalion Photographer with the Royal Green Jackets and then onto greater and more adventurous times with the Royal Logistic Corps as a full time army combat photographer. My time with the RLC shaped who I was and gave me the most remarkable training and opportunities to really make images that mattered and were published. For the majority of my 22 year service I was engaged in Press & Pr photography with the occasional adventure into other areas of the army. I saw the world and photographed much of it, sometimes in conflict and war but also just recording the ordinary and every day lives of soldiers and their encounters with the wider world.
The army very kindly put me through university where I gained a first class honours degree in documentary photography. I had the enormous privilege of being taught by a quite remarkable documentary photographer, Nick Hedges, who truly inspired me and opened the door to the world of documentary photography, which would become my greatest passion.
I left the army in 2007 as a Warrant Officer and set up my own commercial photographic business. Once again I was so fortunate to have the chance to work with a wide variety of clients, all with very demanding and specific requirements, which I just loved. I worked for some of the major museums in London, a host of private commercial clients as well as the truly remarkable Jane Corbett, who for a while was a couture hatmaker and is now embarking on an adventure as a fine art glass maker. I photographer a huge range of subjects all with one common thread, I made the work in the same style as my own personal documentary images.
Throughout my professional life I have always had a great desire to make self tasked projects and this is something I have decide now to make the major part of my life. While I am very happy to accept commissions to make commercial photographic work, I ‘m now concentrating on a major new, long form documentary project on my home town of Newbury in Berkshire. I see this as a wonderful opportunity to change my working practices & became the photographer I really want to be, which means putting the past aside while I concentrate on the future.
This archive is a way of me ordering my photographic life into some sense of perspective, to give me the freedom to go forward with new and different challenges, but not completely forgetting the work that got me here in the first place. If you would like to see my new work it will be available soon via my new site www.hometownstories.co.uk, I hope to see you there.
Many thanks again for taking the time to look at my work, if you have any questions or would just like to chat about any of the work you have seen, then please fill out the form below, get in touch and lets have a natter.