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.

 

Preston Park Rock Garden

Dogs and dog walkers in Hove Park

Art deco house in Hove Park

Three pictures from the glorious sunshine in Brighton & Hove this holiday weekend, scenes from Preston Park Rock Garden and Hove Park.

Speeches at The Ultimate Wrap Party at The London Studios

Studio 1 at The London Studios

The wrap party to end all wrap parties at The London Studios. Party time on all three ground floor studio floors: quiet music in Studio 3, “The Soul Jets” played Studio 2 with a disco in Studio 1, “The Palladium of Television” (attrib. John Kaye Cooper). As always, the real chats took place outside, in Artistes’ Reception.

Read more: The Ultimate Wrap Party

LWT building at Kings Reach on London's South Bank

The weekend starts here: London Weekend Television building at Kings Reach on London's South Bank

Fond memories of working in, around and on the roof of this building for LWT, GMTV and Granada productions, these were “The Best on the Box”. Now it seems the studios have gone dark and the building will be redeveloped, as with the BBC’s television centre on the other side of town.
The London Weekend Television building always did look its best first thing in the morning, my photo shows it today at the same time as I would have been arriving to work in Studio 8 on “This Morning with Richard and Judy”.
The building was technically advanced at its time and aiming for a good environment for us staff; the staff restaurant enjoyed a magnificent view of the river (so did the bar), the lighting store was located centrally between the studios that are in the block at the foot of the tower and there was a system for scavenging and storing heat from the studios to warm the workshops and offices.
To paraphrase the LWT closedown message from that era before television continued through the night: “And so we come to the end of another London weekend. Good night. See you at the Ultimate Wrap Party.”

The frigate Hermione in the Vieux Port, Marseille

L’Hermione (1779) was a three-masted Concorde class frigate of the Marine Royale française, launched in 1778 and initially very successful around the French coast suppressing raids by corsairs. L’Hermione took the Marquis de La Fayette with a crew of 200 to help the American separatists led by George Washington in 1780. I was surprised just how big the three-master from the trine of the American War of Independence and the French Revolution looks even today.

Read more: L’Hermione visits Marseille Vieux Port

Stephen at the Princess of Wales

Stephen at the Prince of Wales about to enjoy his Bangers and Mash.

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