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ABOUT

Martin Covey

Background

In one way or another I have been surrounded by photography my whole life. 

It was my older brother who first introduced me to proper photography 30 years ago. He would shoot pictures on his 35mm film camera and go along to the local camera club dark room to develop them. I can still remember the excitement the first time he took me along. Standing in the pitch dark with the smell of the developing chemicals and then watching as the images would appear liker magic on the paper was an experience that has lived with me since. However, despite this early excitement and growing up in the era of film the complexities of the process meant I never took to it as a medium and so photography at that time didn’t become the passion it could have been. In the early 2000’s I purchased my first digital camera and Photoshop and suddenly a previously closed world opened up. The ability to instantly view & manipulate images I had shot just minutes before was a revelation. At that time the subject of my lens was the city of Edinburgh, a city shedding the last remaining remnants of its industrial past. In 2005 I moved to Glencoe and that attention switched from urban environment images to wild landscapes. In 2010 I moved to North Berwick and embarked on a new venture, an online store selling bespoke hand painted signs and with it came the necessity for good quality images to display the products. I purchased a reasonable DSLR and some basic studio equipment and got to work learning the basics. It wasn’t long into that business that I realised I was gaining more pleasure and enjoyment from the product photography than I was from the product making. Soon enough other people were asking me to photograph their products and aspirational images. After a while of shooting images in the studio environment I would need a break and would head outside and it was here shooting seascapes in North Berwick that I finally realised just how important photography had become. It was no longer something I did just for fun or necessity, it was now the only thing I wanted to do.

Now

Today I still live in North Berwick, a beautiful little coastal town on Scotland’s East Coast with my wife Ailey and my son Louie. I made the decision in 2017 to go full time with photography and it is now my career as well as my passion. Recently I made a return to shooting street and urban photography and finally conquered my fear of film, shooting and developing my first roll of film at the age of 40. Visit the portfolio sections on my website for examples of my work.

If you would like to hire me for work, collaborations or you just have a question then please feel free to contact me via the contact form HERE and I will get back to you right away.