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After completing three years at Northwich College of Art and a year working at an industrial photography studio in Warringtom. Alex moved away from his home county of Cheshire to continue his study in Photography Film & Television at the renowned Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design in Dorset. Where he specialized in audio visual design.

During his final year of study he was offered a permanent position at Triangle Two, a leading award winning audio visual presentation company in the heart of London. During his two years there as production assistant he gained the experience and the professional production values and processes that led to a freelance career as a multi-media designer. Later, adding 'another string to his bow', he returned to photography creating images specifically with multi-image (slide-based presentations) in mind.

His energy and creativity gained him international recognition by achieving industry awards including 'AMI' in America and 'Images' in London. His multimedia design comes more from a photographic angle rather than pure graphic design and it was this that led him to his love of the projected image.

Designing for multi-image, or multivision, has been his main focus throughout his freelance career and this also enabled him to travel, taking contracts in Italy, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom and United Emirates as well as traveling for conventions and festivals, or just for fun to Australia, Thailand, USA and many European countries.This has become the basis of his photographic collection, over 10,000 slides and 40,000 digital images.

At the Tate St Ives he led "Painting with Light", a nine day projections workshop which culminated in an exterior installation on the 31st October 1998 which coincided with the Tate's 'birthday' celebrations. It was a collaboration between the Tate Gallery, St Ives School and Humphry Davy School in Penzance.

During this period Alex had 'fallen' for the southwest region of England, Devon and Cornwall, and for five years worked with the students at Plymouth Collage of Art as part-time visiting lecturer. Under his guidance, students began to enter work and achieve awards, the first time a college had done this.

During a twelve month contract in Rome he met his wife (to be) for the first time, in the mountains of Abruzzo. They now live in South Tyrol (Alto Adige), the alpine region of Italy with their two childrens. He still spends a great deal of time in Cornwall, and bases himself there whenever working on UK-based projects.

He became the creative and technical director of Luce Dipinta Multivisioni, a non-profit association providing support and advice for cultural events using multivision presentations and other projection events. He still presents 'Painting with Light' which has formed the basis of projection festivals in Italy. In 2006 and 2008 these focused on mapping moving images on buildings with sound. This was expanded on for the 2015 edition called 'Lana Lights' which now focuses primarily on building mapping.

Alex has provided images for many corporate events and art festivals as well as visitor centres and publications for organizations such as The National Trust (UK) and the Stelvio National Park (Italy). Amongst publications, he provided photography used by science writer Philip Ball for his book 'Universe of Stone: Chartres Cathedral and the Triumph of the Medieval Mind.'

Before the arrival of acceptable digital photography he preferred to work with medium format cameras (Mamiya and Bronica) but this was limiting by the necessity to lighten his load when heading to areas that are often inaccessible to vehicles. Therefore his 'work horse' was two Canon Al 35mm but even then sometimes only taking a pocket Mini-Espio meant he was able to capture some things that otherwise he'd have missed. It is also worth noting that it is when he is 'camping out' he is at his most comfortable, and prefers the solitude of open spaces away from 'modern living'. Therefore people are often absent in the resulting images.

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