Oliver’s love of wildlife and the great outdoors has been evident ever since his early years. His fascination with all types of animals led him to have marine and wildlife encyclopedias read to him at bedtime rather than the usual bedtime stories!
Oliver particularly enjoys taking pictures of birds but other hobbies include fishing, football, snooker, skateboarding and reading. He owns over 350 books, loves ‘Top Gear’ and has every series ever made by David Attenborough. Other inspirational presenters include Iolo Williams (a Welsh naturalist) and Chris Packham.
A real interest in photography began to show when Oliver was 12 years old and since then has extended his knowledge and expertise to develop his own unique style.
In 2015 Oliver was voted ‘UK Positive Role Model for Disability’ and received his Award at the National Diversity Awards. He has also published a book of his photographs – the first book of photography by a person with Down Syndrome ever published.
Oliver had great recent success by winning first prize at the 2017 ‘My Perspective’ competition organised by the Down’s Syndrome Association in London.
Oliver enjoys and utilises the world of photography as both a tool for him to record what he sees in the way he sees it, and also as something that brings him a strong sense of achievement and self esteem. His obvious ‘eye’ for framing and composition is outstanding and his attention and notice of detail is particularly evident and very popular with his followers.