About Me

After 35 years earning a living at the interface of technology and commerce, I am now attempting to follow my dream of being a fine art, ‘ecocritical,’ photographer. I am fortunate enough as to be able to support this by also being a Research Associate of the WALK Research Centre at the University of Sunderland. WALK is as in walking, art, landskip and knowledge. My role is to help establish a photography hub within the multidisciplinary, arts practice-based centre. The content of this blog highlights some of the outcomes of my exploration of the space of WALKing Photography – the Centre’s shorthand for referring to contemporary photography produced in the context of walking, landskip and knowledge, and in particular knowledge about, and derived from, our relationship with the world around us.

Click here for more on the WALK Research Centre, University of Sunderland.

Click here for my photographic website, Walter Lewis : Eco-Photography.

Notes on My Background and Professional Experience

First schooling at Burscough Methodist Primary School. Football team goalkeeper. Lost one nil in Ormskirk schools final. Then to Ormskirk Grammar School. Good at biology and chemistry so drifted into a biochemistry course at University of Manchester. Three plus three years later emerged as Dr Walter Lewis

Discovery: Didn’t in fact like biochemistry…but still had to earn a living!!

First employer was Glaxo. Isolated a low molecular weight heparin which was taken to trials in patients at Royal Free Hospital, London. In 1981 joined a new company which manufactured a treatment for haemophilia from pig blood. Became board director but still tempted away to join a US operation as head of new manufacturing plant being built in Scotland. After 9 months the company folded – run out of money!

Joined in Welsh Development Agency as manager of new seed capital investment fund. Three years later offered position of first Director of Research Support at University of Leeds. In 1997 set up a consultancy unit to promote university research to the consumer products industry. The activity gradually took over working life and became an expert in consumer products and their packaging –listed in Packaging News for three years running as one of top 50 most influential people in UK packaging!!

Discovery : Life is nearly over, need to settle down and do something worthwhile.

Finished ‘work’ and enrolled on an MA course in photography at Sunderland University. Awarded the Masters degree – with distinction – in November 2012

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