I use photography to show something about where I’ve been or people whom I’ve met. As well as trying to see the beauty in a scene or situation, I’m also trying to convey ideas and feelings. My photography is about me and what I do, who I meet and where I go. All my photography tries to contemporary and creative. I’m resistant to being fitted in to a taxonomy by categorisation such as “travel” or “conceptual” or “nature”. All image-making is political simply by the act of selection and hence exclusion but I am not campaigning for any particular point of view, except to try to see the positives and to live life to the full.
I use 645, 35mm and DX formats plus a handy little digital compact that shoots RAW files. I’ve experimented with non-lens photography - do ask!
I first worked in a monochrome/silver wet darkroom at age 7, helping my Father with scientific prints; I’ve used colour negative materials since age 21 and digital since 2005. I use Photoshop (Adobe) and Photopaint (Corel).
Al mio cantuccio, donde non sento
se non le reste brusir del grano....
This is my corner, from where I can hear even the brushing of the wheat...
Canti di Castelvecchio no 41
Giovanni Pascoli (1855-1912)
Chair in Barga beneath the cathedral campanile (bell tower) with a grand view of the Alpi Apuae, painted with lines from the one of the poet’s Songs of Castelvecchio, the town nearby in the Serchio valley below where he spent many happy years. I’ve quoted just the first line of the poem “L’ora di Barga”.
A later afternoon storm over the South Downs: this is Bishopstone, viewed from Seaford in Sussex. This view of the isolated hamlet of Bishopstone amidst the patchwork pattern of fields and dusty chalk tracks is protected as part of the South Downs National Park.
Eastenders in London’s Bethnal Green Road. Not as in the TV series and not as in Oliver Twist. Sometimes seen as invaded by the “Contemporary Bourgeoisie”, others regard the area as the centre of the Contemporary Arts scene.