Photography

My photography

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 be 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).

Simnel Cake for Easter
Simnel Cake for Easter

Cassata for Easter
Cassata for Easter

Traditional treats for our Easter weekend, Terry baked us a Simnel Cake and his own version of a Cassata, cooking from basic ingredients. Plus some chocolate Easter eggs. We didn’t get to enjoy Easter together last year so it’s time for some celebration in our “bubble”. Commercial gyms in England are expected to re-open next Monday...

Flowers in bloom for Easter in Preston Park, Brighton

Flowers in bloom for Easter in Preston Park, Brighton

Colourfulflowers in the wonderful first rush of spring sunshine and before the storms bash the blooms. Fantastic to see colour again after this grim and grey winter in lockdown. These are flowers in and around the walled garden of Preston Manor, Brighton. Look out for the flowers around George the Brighton Pavilion cat’s memorial.

More photos: Springtime at Easter - Preston Manor flowers

Temperate Rainforest, Keswick, Cumbria

Temperate Rainforest, Keswick, Cumbria

Gardens are for dreaming: several successive days of rain have left the garden here drenched with the tops of the fells and mountains laced with snow that’s out of sight because of low cloud. The botanists describe this environment as Temperate Rainforest, and it can be really fertile; the moist plants are delightfully fragrant. The smells and sounds of the dripping plants conjuring up the days we hiked the Routeburn trail in New Zealand or the primeval laurel forests of Madeira and the Islas Canarias or as a child visiting Moseley Botanical Gardens with my now ninety year-old Aunt.
Here is a set of photos just from walks around my garden in Keswick, snatched between working on fixing up inside.

More photos: Cumbrian Cloud Forest

First photo imagined from a robot space lander sent to explore Richmond Park
First photo imagined from a robot space lander sent to explore Richmond Park

photo imagined from a robot space lander sent to explore Richmond Park

Imagine NASA had just landed a robot spacecraft in Richmond Park looking for Life, as it has just done with Perseverance on Mars.. These might have been the first pictures their lander sent back.

More photos: First contact project - looking for Life

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