John Gaffen

John Gaffen

London, London, GB

About John Gaffen

I was a scientist for many years, working in the field of medical research, both in academia and in industry. In late 2004, I left science to pursue my creative interests in photography and the visual arts.

I am now a professional photographer living in South East London. My photography business is called White Windmill Photography. I was a member of a Tea Leaf Arts for two years, a co-operative, artist led, gallery in Brockley, Lewisham. I had two solo shows during this time.

Subjects that interest me the most, include modern and classical architecture, nature, rural life, landscapes and seascapes. My art practice centres on nature and the passing of the seasons. I have been involved in a long-term project to record a photographic essay of Beckenham Place Park, with an emphasis on different weather and light conditions encountered through the cycle of the seasons.

More recently I have become interested in using my photographs to create abstract works and digital art, based on surface textures and patterns of man-made objects, natural found objects and architectural details.

I am now a contributing arist at the Misty Moon Gallery, at the Ladywell Tavern, Lewisham S.E London and I have participated in three of their exhibitions. Below is a link to my webpage at


Goldsmiths College, U. of London PGCE, Secondary Integrated Science, 1996 – 1997

DFEE No: RP96/40838

Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham HND, Applied Biology
1975 – 1978

My HND industrial training year was spent at the M.R.C. Pneumoconiosis Unit, Penarth, S. Glamorgan. As a research student I contributed to original research on the in vitro cytotoxic and cytogenetic effects of asbestos and glass microfibers.

Birkbeck, U. of London BSc Hons, Biological Sciences

King's College London, U. of London Ph.D, Biochemistry/Cell Biology
. During my doctorate, my research interests were centred on the effects of prostaglandin synthesis inhibitors on cell killing by radiotherapy and cytotoxic chemotherapy under the supervision of professor, Alan Bennett.