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.

 

Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure de Marseille

Plage des Catalans, Marseille

Rue Trigance, Marseille

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.

Update
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.

Read more: Marseille in three photos

Sheffield Park (NT) autumn colours

Photographers at Sheffield Park (NT)

Sheffield Park’s famous autumn display is popular with ducks, Old Ducks and photographers.

Read more: Sheffield Park’s autumn display

Shadows on the whiteboard at Regents University, London

Windows and bricks at Regents University, London

Worrying geometric dissonances at Regents University, London, the venue for the RPS Contemporary Group AGM

Read more: Geometric dissonances

Empty space at Earls Couirt, London

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?

a London Plane tree in a Hammersmith park

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...

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