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 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).

Koi carp feeding frenzy - tasterMy photo gallery of Koi carp ornamental fish in a feeeding frenzy

Alps: the first days of summer tasterSwiss, Italian and French Alps: my photos of mountains, glaciers and waterfalls in the first fresh days of summer

The Grand Canyon of the Verdon, Provence tasterThe Grand Canyon of the Verdon, Provence - my spring photo hike along the Sentier Blanc-Martel

The Big Beasts of Richmond Park tasterThe Big Beasts of Richmond Park - my midwinter photo safari

Le Bol d'Or 2015 tasterLe Bol d'Or 2015 - my photo gallery of the Bol d'Or 2015 motorbike racing festival - Burning Man for bikers

Quartier des Créatives tasterQuartier des Créatives - my photo gallery of night photos of Marseille

Flowers in the City taster“I am here, I'm alive, I'm a conscious being in the urban cage”- my photo gallery of glorious urban flowers in Marseille

The Kingdom of Blanc and White tasterThe Kingdom of Black and White: my photo gallery of the volcanoes of the Auvergne under snow

Order and disorder tasterEntropy: my photo gallery of fishing boats in Brighton Marina at a dawn just after Christmas.

Bikes at Rasteau tasterGallery of my photos of motorbikes parked overnight at our club’s annual general meeting.

Dystopia taster

Gallery of my photos of a vision of a post-apocalyptic dystopia from the lac de Castillon of the river Verdon in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence.

Click graphic for La rentrée gallery

Gallery of my photos of Marseille on the 1st September 2014, la rentrée scolaire, the day the French return to work after the summer holidays.

 

Nightmare with chair

Wet day so photos indoors. You don’t get much more indoors than a box garage several floors underground.

Oxford rowing squad at Hammersmith Reach

Oxford rowing squad at Hammersmith Reach

Sunday rowday on the Thames between Putney and Hammersmith. A squad of two rowing eights, the oarsmen wearing Oxford University kit. I prefer light blue but they're rowing in style and making good speed back to the boathouse on an ebbing tide.
Trying to represent in a photo that peculiar autumn pleasure of kicking through dry leaves. These leaves are from the London plane trees crowning the Thames embankment at Bishops Park since its opening in 1893.
And two cute vagabonds, grey squirrels looking cute and cadging for food.

Read more: Rowday

Derwent Water - Keswick landings

Derwent Water - storm approaching

Two pictures of Derwent Water between this week’s storms. The level of the water is high enough to submerge the wooden piers and, despite the ray of sunshine, there’s another shower driving across the water from the “Jaws of Borrowdale”. These are images in natural colour, ie as the image comes out of the camera, but the colour is subtle.

Rampion Wind Farm viewed from Brighton

Ghostly shapes of cranes constructing Rampion Wind Farm as viewed from Brighton. The pale silhouettes on the horizon of the Channel seem to represent visually the future, ie renewable energy production, compared to the stark shapes of the familiar, traditional, coal and gas burning power stations.
Rampion’s 116 turbines are located between 13 and 25 kilometres offshore. Total peak capacity is expected to be about 400 MW. As comparison, a coal fired power station with eight cooling towers produces more than five times this amount, 2116 MW, such as Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station in Nottinghamshire, which we visited as part of my degree course.

rope on a deck in Brigton Marina

chain on a wooden deck in Brigton Marina

A group of photos exploring contrasting shapes, patterns and textures. The low angle sunlight highlights grain and textures in these objects that have subtle natural colour as part of the character of their surfaces. From today’s walk through Brighton Marina.

Read more: Low colour shapes and textures

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