Arthur is close to retirement after a life in horticulture. He was born on the 12th May, 1939. Following in his father's footsteps he was interested in nature from an early age. When he was about ten years old he was introduced to George E. Hyde F.R.E.S and from then on took a keen interest on insects. His first camera was a Brownie Box E model for his sixteenth birthday. He left school at sixteen and did an apprenticeship in horticulture under the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries at the Duke of Portland's Welbeck Estates, near Worksop, Notts, and later a horticultural course at Askham Bryan College, York. He was a member of the Institute of Groundsmanship for over thirty years and Reading Branch Chairman for two and a half years.
In 1979 he bought his first SLR camera, a Pentax MX with a Pentax f4 50mm macro lens. He has been a member of various camera clubs and in a UPP nature folio for about ten years. He has had acceptances in various international and other exhibitions throughout the U.K. In November 1990 he joined The Royal Photographic Society and in March 1991 attained his ARPS in nature slides.
In September 1994 he joined the NPP slide section. He still uses Pentax equipment - his camera bodies are the Z1p, MZS and the MZ5N, the latter being used just for insect work, and generally using a Pentax 200mm ED macro lens plus a Pentax AF 330 FTZ flash unit. He also has various other lenses, his main films are Kodak 64 and Fuji Sensia II 100.