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.


Notre-dame de la Garde in snow in Marseille

Snow in Marseille

This is not how things are meant to be in Marseille ever, let alone on the first day of Spring, the day of the vernal equinox. And the talk in the boulangerie as I bought my croissants this morning was that his morning’s is the third fall of snow in Marseille this winter. That’s climate change.

Parc of the 26 centuries, Marseille

Scotters waiting for the lights, Marseille

Marseille’s idealistic Parc of the 26 Centuries, celebrating the city’s history through three millennia, contrasted with the reality of Marseille traffic: scooters weaving round cars and all waiting for the off at the lights at Cours Honoré-d’Estienne-d’Orves.

Read more: Parc of the 26 centuries

Wood dove shelters in a blizzard

Female blackbird shelters from the blizzard

Garden birds in a morning blizzard after a freezing night where the air temperature stayed at -3.9°C.

Read more: “Don’t think I am enjoying this blizzard”

Robin in the snow in my garden in London

The North wind doth blow and we shall have snow,
And what will poor robin do then, poor thing?
anon, 16th Century

This robin is doing fine despite today’s snow, having just eaten some seeds from my garden bird table and taken a quick bath, he’s now fluffed up and posing for his beauty shot, well aware of me and my camera.

Ragotin in Parc Borély, Marseille

Ragotin, Parc Borély, Marseille

Ragotin in the lake at Parc Borély, Marseille. A plant-eating river rodent, similar to a beaver, known variously as Nutria or Coypu.

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