Stephen Hermida was born in 1962 and educated in Gibraltar. He initially took an interest in photography as a teenager, and later returned to it in 2004 when affordable digital SLR cameras become widely available. Shortly after he joined the Gibraltar Photographic Society, and today is the current Chairman. In the last fifteen years photography has become a serious passion, and up to last year he combined this with a professional career in banking. It was in 2009 during his first photographic trip to North Africa that he had his ‘damascene moment’ and realisation that people and travel photography would become the core of his inspiration and pursuit as a photographer.