Let me take this opportunity to introduce us, I am Thomas and this is my dad Jerry. As a family we have always had a keen interest in wildlife and looking after God's creation. Our faith in Gods love sustains us & gives us hope now and always. Never has it been more important than now to look after the environment. Especially through this difficult time of a global pandemic I have come to realise just how important spending time in the natural world is. We all have experienced many difficulties and due to my disability, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, I'm vulnerable and so have had to shield. I've not left the house for a year apart from briefly in August and recently receiving the first dose of vaccine. Our garden has been our solace and special space. Throughout the lockdowns & shielding over this last year it has been our love for wildlife & Gods creation & his sustaining love for us that has kept us all going.
I have been a professional photographer for about five years now since graduating from UCA Farnham. I mainly take images of the natural world especially plants and animals. My photography is not only inspired by my love of nature, but also my Christian faith and provides an escape from my disability by focusing on my abilities. My faith to me is a symbol of hope expressed through my images of Gods creation. I think my connection to God's creation is one of the most tangible links to his love for us. My particular interest is as a bird watcher, but I love learning about all wildlife in all its forms. As well as wildlife, I'm a great lover of music especially classical and I enjoy composing my own music. I also sing and have been a member of our church choir since I was very young. My other hobbies include watching sport especially cricket and playing playstation and computer games.
My dad Jerry has been a harp maker for all his working life and is a director and founding member of Pilgrim Harps in Godstone. Amongst other aspects of the harp making process he specialises in painting beautiful bespoke designs to decorate the harps. He especially enjoys painting designs with a connection to his love of wildlife. Another good fact about him is he makes his own home brews. This also has a connection to the natural world with many being made from foraged fruit like sloes for making gin. There is even a Sloe Pug moth which we had dedicated to him in the first ever moth atlas of the larger moths of Britain and Ireland, after taking part in Butterfly Conservation's moth auction. Talking of moths he is also a Surrey recorder for the Garden Moth Scheme. Along with moths he is a keen bird watcher and has a great knowledge of identifying birds and their calls. The other great passion in his life is classical music, particularly composers like Elgar, Bach and Mozart to name just a few. He has a fantastic singing voice having sung in the church choir since he was a small boy. He especially loves singing hymns and oratorio making music a very important part of his faith.