Darrin picked his first camera up at the age of 8, an Ilford Sportsman, and rapidly moved into medium format when he was given a Kodak Reflex TLR camera using 620 film and hasn’t stopped acquiring cameras since. Darrin moved into Medical Illustration after a career in insurance and started work at the Royal Berkshire Hospital bright and early on a Monday morning feeling the worse for wear after celebrating the night before, the first job of the day, assisting in a full post mortem!
Lionel Williams was the manager with a sense of humour then and a real inspiration to his future career whilst undertaking his BTEC in Medical and Scientific imaging. This led to a permanent post in 1996 with Queen Marys University Hospital at Roehampton in London and the introduction to the world of severe burns and reconstructive plastic surgery along with amputee limb fitting and a multitude of other disciplines. During his time there he became interested in microscopy and started collecting microscopes too! Sadly the wonderful world inhabited by those that worked at Queen Marys was to come to an end and the hospital was remodelled, no more lunch times in the Italian sunken garden or summer fetes and the amputees five a side football.
Next stop in 1999 was The Royal London Hospital in the melting pot of Whitechapel. Yet another hospital with a huge history. Darrin has now worked there in excess of 20 years and is currently the Head of Department. Early on he undertook his BSc in Digital and Photographic Imaging Science at the University of Westminster and then his MSc in Digital Colour Imaging at the University of the Arts (then London College of Printing) developing a device that can spectrally characterise a digital image capture device in a single exposure using 36 narrow band filters, all accomplished on the kitchen table. This was presented at IS&T European Conference in 2008. It was also at this time that he was sitting on the BIPP Medical Committee whereupon he also joined the RPS and the Medical group, Imaging Science group and Analogue group. Currently his day to day work revolves around ophthalmology and the remodelling of the department to cope with new ways of working in the modern digital age. He still maintains a keen interest in colour science and its associated reproduction.
Outside of work the kitchen table still has a major role to play in his day to day life, often with a mechanical camera in pieces being serviced and brought back to life, or bicycle parts being cleaned and serviced for another outing around the glorious Surrey Hills, he also enjoys being out on the water in his Kayak and organising an annual kayak marathon race.
He lives with his long suffering wife, two English Springer Spaniels and a cat, his son has escaped to University!