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).
The Olympic torch comes to my borough: a tour around Wood Lane, South Africa Way and Uxbridge Road in Shepherds Bush, West London on day 69 of its tour of the UK. The Olympic flame finally reaches Olympic Park in East London tomorrow.
Not easy to confirm the names of the torch bearers, crowd hearsay had it that these are a rugby player, a boxer and a lady who does good works in the area.
Home again to the clear skies of Marseille with dramatic sunrises and moon rises. An enjoyable bike ride out to Cap Canaille above Cassis on my birthday, followed by a salad and rosé lunch and an evening at home with friends.
Some evening pictures from Marseille, on a day when the Mediterranean coast had fine weather but there were storms further in the centre of France.
The massive church of Notre Dame de la Gard looking over the Vieux Port of Marseille (Old Port). A triangle of roofs of modern apartment blocks and refurbished blocks to a design by Haussmann, with the recently completed CMA CGM Tower (33 storeys, architect Zaha Hadid), which claims itself as “an architectural landmark of urban renewal”.
Even more urban renewal is evident in a very concrete way by the numerous tower cranes on the Marseille skyline just now.
My walk to work today in Hammersmith, West London this Monday morning; a very bright clear morning following an exceptionally wet weekend. The trees, bulbs and flowers all showing their spring best.
Snap of two of the CrossRail Tunnel Boring Machines parked between Paddington and Royal Oak. The TBMs will bore the tunnels for London's new CrossRail line. They are huge machines, dwarfing the concrete mixer lorry in front; behind the front plate there is a production line to remove the spoil and line the tunnel. Crossrail will link Paddington with Canary Wharf via Farringdon and is due to open for service in 2017. Crossrail's 21km of new twin-bore tunnels are first major new railway tunnels under London since the Jubilee Line.