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).
Three photos to show Marseille’s community, architecture and street art. Of course there’s much more to Marseille than this but these are key themes.
Now back in London and having asked others for their comments, I am interested to see for myself how those photos look from a UK perspective and also judge how much I have achieved my aim to represent how I feel about Marseillle in just three photos. And explaining what I mean by them is a useful rigour. I’m particularly trying to show how I feel about modern Marseille and to get away from tourist or cinematic stereotypes.
This is the empty space which used to be the Earls Court Exhibition Centre. The site has been cleared but the development has halted, apparently due to planning challenges and commercial uncertainty. So no longer the big shows nor the music performances. I remember hearing here in 1980 Roger Waters’ lyrics for The Wall: “What shall we use to fill the empty spaces”; maybe Pink Floyd could play here again to fill the empty site?
I love looking up at the sky through trees and dreaming. This is a London Plane tree in a Hammersmith park, there are some Willows in the distance. Autumn is clearly here and a view like this is heartening in itself but also a reminder of a post-pradial summer afternoon in a Mediterranean heatwave looking up at the burning sun through a Corsican Pine. Dream on...