Hanging about toilets with a camera for too long could land most people in trouble. But it has helped Paul Griffin build up a photo gallery worthy of his own exhibition.

Paul, 35, a British Airways steward for the past 12 years, took up photography about three years ago after he was given a camera for his birthday.

He and his partner were on holiday in Callandar, Scotland, when he spotted a row of blue urinals and decided they would make a great shot.

He said: "The urinals were taken very quickly because I didn't want to be in the toilets with a camera too long.

"I took that photo because I had never seen that colour blue before. I didn't really know what I was doing but when the photo came back I thought: 'Wow, maybe I should do something more with this'."

Paul, from Kemp Town, Brighton, began taking more and more pictures of everyday objects in an unusual way.

But it was not until a chance meeting with an upcoming art agent he began exhibiting his work.

His job means he often visits far-flung places, such as America, South Africa, Australia and the Far East, providing inspiration for many of his pictures.

He said: "My job allows me to see a lot more, views people in that country see every day."

Paul's work at his On Tour exhibition at Tootsie's Restaurant, in Meeting House Lane, Brighton, includes the rear lights of a Cadillac taken in Los Angeles, a fire hydrant shot in Bermuda and a sunset on Venice Beach.

The artist, who had his first show at the Tin Drum in Kemp Town in 2001, described his work as different, saying he was often drawn to more unusual sights and focused on what some might call everyday objects.

Paul, who has had no formal training, is now working part-time to allow him to spend more time on photography and hopes to one day to turn professional.

He said: "I am studying graphic design part-time and I want to study visual communication, which incorporates photography so I will be technically more up on it.

"I have some idea about lighting but that is about it. I see things I like and simply wonder how I will photograph it.

"I am at a bit of a crossroads professionally. I think the work I do is good but I have never really invested much time in it. Now, with the good feedback I am getting, I might see where I can go with it."

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