I have been a photographer for all of my working life having been originally inspired to take it up as a hobby in my teens by seeing my grandfather’s collection of sunlight-processed images taken in the 1920s.
In the 1970s a travelling exhibition in Cardiff of photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson made me want to be a documentary photographer.
I completed a three-year course at Newport College of Art and then joined the South Wales Argus as a trainee press photographer. After six years there I broadened my horizons – travelling to the USA and Australia (where I worked for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian during my two years in Sydney).
On returning to England I again worked for newspapers in Kent, Hampshire and Derbyshire. The landscape of Derbyshire inspired me to take my photography in another direction. I started photographing the Peak District, which was close to where I lived and worked, and for which I found a ready market through picture libraries.
I don't like to be pigeonholed. One day I may be a documentary or street photographer; the next I will be a landscape or travel photographer. In short, I am a 'photographer'.
Although 'retired' from newspapers, I continue to work and photograph that which inspires me. My wife is the writer Helen Werin and we work together producing travel articles for magazines and newspapers.
Photography: South Wales in the 1970s by Robin Weaver. Article by Ben Woolhead in Wales Arts Review
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