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What is truly remarkable is that Rory never actually set out to become a photographer. A degree in medieval history and medieval literature from King’s College London doesn’t provide the most straightforward route into his current vocation, in fact it never even crossed his brain that he could put his skills to good use behind the camera. Rory maintains that history and art have always had a profound influence on his direction in life, so much so that he originally aspired to become a lecturer of history – led by a fascination in social change, conflict and political ideology. Perhaps this would explain the profound effect science-fiction would have during his formative years. It is a genre steeped in political discourse and social metaphors hidden behind a veil of robots, space-travel and dystopian overlords, all of which captivated Rory unlike any other genre. German Expressionism lit a fire like no other in Rory’s stomach and while other teenage boys were concerning themselves with girls and the battling the frustrations of puberty, he became enthralled with the period’s cinematography, themes and visual effects. It didn’t take long for this passion to manifest itself as a sudden keen interest in photography. However, his love for the historical and political would not be quelled by this new-found interest – and eventually Rory would marry these two areas of study as one overwhelming passion; a passion which bordered on harmless obsession. It wasn’t until 2012 when things truly began to look up for Rory. First, he met his wife Alexandra on a photoshoot in Manchester. Then he, quite literally went all in. It was simply a case of now or never. If he didn’t get out of the fashion game now, he never would – and so Northerners was born. It was a photography project so bold and ambitious that it became almost unthinkable that Rory was to attempt such a feat. He wanted to capture the stars or stage and screen who had broken free from their Northern heritage and made a name for themselves as the pinnacle of their respective fields. Rory began to look to the future, seeing each portrait as a document; a time capsule that has the potential to hold the personality and soul of the sitter. It is his wild hope that, one day, historians will look to his work for clarification on the figures of our time.
Professional Portrait Photographer, offering editorial, private commissions, actors headshots, corporate headshots, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, London, USA,