I write, I make photographs, I design things and I create brands.



I am English, but I live in Portugal.

The thing I am most pleased about in terms of recent accomplishments is writing Travels with an African Husky.

At present my focus is on creating a web-based platform for large format digital books. I am also collating digital content for an interactive map-based web app about food and wine starting with The Foodie Atlas of Portugal which will include many of my own images.

Before writing Travels with an African Husky I photographed and interviewed 30 combat pilots in eight countries. A book is being made of their stories and then-and-now photos.


After completing my economics degree I worked on the client liaison, strategy development and branding side of things in large advertising agencies. Then I worked for an environmental consultancy, learning how to design and implement large-scale risk assessments for oil companies before going off and doing this for my own company, which I later sold. I then invented a couple of things which became commercially successful and made it possible for me to look after my kids for ten years and train as a professional photographer.


I spent my early life in Jersey in the Channel Islands and parts of Africa and Borneo. My five years in Kota Kinabalu, in the shadow of the great mountain, were spent snorkelling on coral reefs, sailing in the dinghy my dad built me and generally running amok. I had no formal education until I moved to Nelson in New Zealand at the age of 10.  At 14 my parents moved to Perth in Australia where I completed an economics degree and lived until I was 27. Two years travelling between Harare, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Toronto and Atlanta followed before spending 18 years in England and another six years in Cape Town. In 2005 my 38 year old wife died from cancer when our children were very young. I have spent much of my time since then raising our kids.

January 2016

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John Martin Bradley Self Portrait