Educated at North Halifax High School and then Queens' College, Cambridge, Laurence is an award-winning journalist, photographer and, more recently, a television reporter and producer. Photographic projects in recent years include issues surrounding maternal abandonment, parenting after suicide and the role of carers in both rural and urban settings. His interest in photography began early at the age of six. He would watch his father at work in the darkroom (the spare bedroom of their semi-detached home on the Isle of Wight) and revel at the magic of film development and printing. At the age of six, his father declined to buy Laurence a Canon A-1. So, he made one for himself out of Lego. And won a prize. Laurence likes to believe this was in some way a photography award. Those around him know that was not the case.