Royden was born in New Zealand and came to Canada in 1970. He has been resident in Australia, Nigeria, England, Indonesia, the Peoples Republic of China and now BC, Canada. He grew up on sheep farms, and later on a dairy farm, and in that setting developed an early interest in photography starting with a Kodak Brownie camera at 11 years of age.
In his teens, he converted his mother's pantry into a dark room for film development and contact printing. Wanting to expand his horizon, for his high school woodworking class project he designed and built an enlarger primarily in wood. It worked just fine in that pantry for a number of years amidst exploding ginger beer bottles. His productivity in photography waxed and waned over the years in concert with work and family commitments.
His lifelong interest has resurfaced with the coming of the digital age over analog photography era. Mostly self-taught, he enjoys the freedom that digital photography has to offer. Royden savours the development process starting with capture in RAW file format onwards through post-processing to the fine art of producing a worthy print.