Jamie Dumont taking a picture with his Leica M2 in Idless woods, Cornwall


I've worked for the past ten years as a designer & software developer. Originally, I graduated with a Graphic Design degree but got more and more technical as time went on. I've lead start-ups in London, built applications for some of the biggest names in financial services and worked with dozens of incredible individuals building websites & software to support their businesses.

Building software is the art of problem solving which I certainly enjoy — but making a living from it starts to become repetitive. I've lost my love for the profession and as of November 2021 am in the process of scaling back my work as a developer, instead leaning into my experience as a photographer.

This change will come as no surprise to those that know me. I've always been the person with a camera in hand, and worked as a photographer for a few years before starting development. For the past 15 years I've been the enthusiastic amateur, content with taking 'Good Photos' but never really putting in the time to start taking 'Great Photos'.

Despite my burnout, I can't leave development behind entirely. I've learnt too much to just turn my back on it. I've always admired "Mac-assed apps" like Things from Cultured Code and Coda (now Nova) from Panic, but as a web developer couldn't justify the switch to native development. It was just too different and was like going back to square one.

I've come to love Swift — I think it's a severely under-appreciated and undervalued language because of it's association with Apple — and will be using it much more in the future. Some projects will be native apps, others might be web applications, but they will all be self-indulgent and built for my own needs.


I have a problem where I take on far too many hobbies, but I've managed to scale it back to surfing — I live by a beach, how can I not? — and mountain-biking. Over the years I've gravitated to a particular ethos with my interests that emphasises enjoyment over performance. I treat surfing & cycling as experiences to be enjoyed, not sports to compete in. I try to forego the latest and greatest technical advances, preferring simple — perhaps old fashioned — tools or equipment. Except for my wetsuit. Don't take away my super warm winter wetsuit! 🤣