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 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.”
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.
Television Centre, that was the great sprawling powerhouse of BBC television, newly revealed. This view has just become public now that the extension to Westfield Shepherd Bush shopping centre has opened its doors and the cranes that have been converting the broadcasting centre have done their work and left. Note the demolition of the East Tower and Design Building and the additional floors above Stage 5. White City tube station in the foreground (Hammersmith and City Line. Selections from a stitched panorama.