Simon J. A. Simpson
An Informal C.V. of His Life in Photography
a schoolboy Simon Simpson entertained romantic ideas of becoming a
geologist – seeing himself gently ambling through pine-forests,
geological hammer in hand. This all changed after a minor academic
crisis after which he decided to become a photographer instead.
In 1977 he successfully completed a B.A. Degree in Photographic Arts
at the Polytechnic of Central London, learning how to do photography
properly – besides a lot of other useful and interesting things.
Wanting to work in The Film Business he got a ‘temporary’ job with
BBC Television Film Department; and fifteen years later found
himself being made redundant. For some reason only known to himself
he worked in sound recording, and post production sound, but
continued taking photographs for his own pleasure – much to the
dismay of friends and family on whom he inflicted his efforts.
now works with disadvantaged people in the UK, setting-up and
delivering projects to help improve their personal and interpersonal
skills. Nothing at all to do with photography, but very rewarding
In the meantime he married a beautiful Turkish-Kurd and, therefore,
had his photographic horizons stretched into Turkey for the first
time. Thus, he found he was acquiring a large number of pictures of
Turkey and so decided it was time to do something more serious about
joined his local Photographic Society in Beckenham and is now its
President. He has exhibited in the UK, both in his own right
and with others; and has had an article on photography and at least
one photograph published in UK magazines
(the latter only the size of a postage stamp). He takes great
delight in photographing landscapes and nature as well as the
unusual, quirky and amusing – in all of which Turkey is abundant.
day he would like to become slightly famous but hopes, for the
moment, that people will enjoy and appreciate how he sees the world
through his photography.