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.

 

Photos of Kew Gardens in winter: palm house, snowdrops, orchids and cacti

Kew botanic gardens still puts on a refreshing and colourful show in winter. It’s not an obvious place to visit in January; the Palm House and the many rooms in the Princess of Wales conservatory were showing fine cacti and orchids, the latter flowering well. Snowdrops flowering in the stark winter sunshine outside. The admission ticket is £5 cheaper for January but the Temperate House was closed and the cafes were seriously overloaded.

Fishing at Brighton Marina on a frosty December dawn

Fishermen on the harbour wall at dawn at Brighton Marina.
Fishing boats in harbour for Christmas and a train of skips.
Lots of colour, shapes and textures.

Saturnalia 2014; ferocious finches and sprouting buds in my garden at the winter solstice

The shortest day at the winter solstice heralds Saturnalia, the midwinter festival in honour of the god Saturn and fertility. The fresh buds and green shoots of spring are pushing phallicly skywards in search of light whilst catkins, the flowers of the hazel tree, droop curvaceously downwards.

Read more: Saturnalia 2014

View from Waterloo Bridge of the City of London and the towers of Canary Wharf

View from Waterloo Bridge of the City of London and the towers of Canary Wharf in the distance down river. It’s staggering how much the London skyline has changed in the past few years. St. Pauls cathedral no longer dominates the landscape except from a couple of protected viewpoints. New blocks with colourful names now push skywards in the winter sunshine.

Fulham Festival market, North End Road, Fulham, London

Fulham’s busy North End Road was made traffic-free for one day only as an initiative to show how a lack of traffic could create  a “vibrant, attractive shopping area”. Not a Christmas Market in this very mixed borough though there were the smoky barbecues cooking what has evolved as the traditional finger food for a Christmas market. Nor any street decorations or lights, neither religious Christmas or winter festival. Simply an expanded market filling the space on the street usually occupied by motorists.

Read more: Fulham Festival market - December 2014

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