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.

 

Ragotin in Parc Borély, Marseille

Ragotin, Parc Borély, Marseille

Ragotin in the lake at Parc Borély, Marseille. A plant-eating river rodent, similar to a beaver, known variously as Nutria or Coypu.

Eastbourne pier

Eastbourne Pier Head

 Photos of Eastbourne taken yesterday

An experimental visit to Eastbourne pier and sea front to try out a homebrew Edwardian photographic look.
Roll film was first available in the 1870s but it was Kodak’s Box Brownie range of cameras, first marketed in 1900, which popularised holiday snapshots in the photographic postcard format, 6”x4”. This was Eastbourne’s heyday; my set from a visit yesterday with a modern camera, aims to model this look.

Read more: Edwardian Eastbourne

Street art in St Peters Street, Brighton

Brighton is home to some spectacular street art... from the train to the beach, mostly it is enjoyed or disdained and ignored though I'm not sure the owners of Thameslink motor unit 700108 are too pleased.

Read more: Brighton street art

Preston Park flats from the train

Livening up a routine train ride from London to Brighton via Gatwick with some experimentation with SlitScan camera techniques. This is similar in principle to an office flat bed scanner except that my camera is looking out of the window as the train moves.

Read more: London to Brighton: Slit Scan experimentation

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