After surgery in November 2014 I picked up a nasty bone infection which after a long battle to combat without success I had to have my left leg amputated above the knee at the end of May 2016.
This was life changing for myself and my family especially for my career. I had always done manual work with my last job driving 7.5-ton lorries and working house removals.
I didn’t know what path to take for a new career and it took a while to decide. I have always had a good eye for detail so decided to go along that path and that’s where I came up with photography. I told Steel Bones about this and they said they would love to help me achieve my goal. I am currently studying a higher national certificate with the British Academy of Photography which I am enjoying so much thanks to the amazing help Steel Bones gave me at sourcing and securing wonderful financial support from The Douglas Bader foundation and Newmarket July Festival.
I entered a photo competition on another amputee Facebook page which is based in the USA and has worldwide members and I have won this monthly competition for the last two months.
I was asked if I would run a monthly competition by Emma Joy-Staines on her Steel Bones Facebook page and I was delighted to accept this offer. I have been overwhelmed by the response I have received from other amputees with some great photos being entered. I feel this is a great way for other amputees to interact with each other and make new friends and I hope to get many more people involved in this in the future.