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.

 

Torta al crema pasticcera al cioccolato

Torta al crema pasticcera al cioccolato, con caffè lungo, in giardino.

Sundown over Hove

Read more: Three pleasures of the lockdown

Cherry tree blossom in Barons Court, London W14

“And a Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” - song written in Le Lavandou and made famous in 1940 by Vera Lynn.

Cheery cherry tree blossom on the trees in a road in Barons Court as I walked past on my way home from the tube station back from Heathrow airport.
Ironical how lovely London looks when there is this crisis building around us. The heart-warming sight of the cherry blossom reminds me of the song lyrics “And a Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square”, made popular by Vera Lynn in 1940. And by bizarre coincidence, the song was written and first performed in a bar in Le Lavandou, where I was also in a bar, just this Saturday past..
The trees will survive, so will we.

rue d'Aubagne, Marseille

Rue d'Aubagne and the bridge over Cours Lieutaud, Marseille

Vieux Port, Marseille

Vieux Port, Marseille

Marsielle as I see it: awful, beautiful, crazy, dirty...

More photos: My Marseille

Real and unreal view of Brighton

Real and unreal view of Brighton

Real and unreal views of Brighton.

More photos: Weird Brighton

245 Hammersmith Road, W6

The urban jungle, a confusing checkerboard construction of squares that aren’t, false perspectives and humans. What is real and what is just in our minds?
My contribution to this month’s RPS Contemporary Group’s topic: “The Real and The Unreal”, with fond memories of the graphic art of M.C. Escher and the paintings of L.S. Lowry.
This is a single natural image.
Architecture of 245 Hammersmith Road, W6 by Sheppard Robson.

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