Gareth was born in Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland, and went on to study law at Queens University in Belfast. An interest in travel writing developed during a subsequent trip to Asia, Australia and New Zealand. After picking up a second-hand camera to illustrate an article, thoughts of returning to a career in the legal profession were abandoned.
Gareth has been supplying high-quality photography to private and commercial clients since 1998. Recent foreign assignments have taken him to Patagonia, Nepal, the European Alps and America’s Rocky Mountains. Between overseas trips he spends much of his time photographing mountain and coastal landscapes at home in Ireland.
Gareth's approach to photography focuses on the pursuit of rare and vivid natural light. His love of outdoor exploration enables him to access rarely-frequented locations, like the summit of a mountain during a winter sunset. The resulting photographs typically combine dramatic light with dynamic landforms.
His images have been used in advertisements for corporate clients ranging from American Express to Tourism Ireland, and editorial images have appeared in Wanderlust, Geographical Magazine and the New York Times. Gareth is the author of two photographic books covering Ireland’s wild northwest, and he continues to write and shoot for Walking World Ireland magazine. He has also co-authored nine hiking guides for Lonely Planet Publications over the past fifteen years.