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 be 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).

Snow in May on Skiddaw
Skiddaw Man (931 m.) and Little Man, Skiddaw (865 m.)

Snow on Helvellyn in May
Helvellyn (949 m.) and Lower Man Helvellyn (925 m.)

It’s rare but not unprecedented to see fresh snow in the Lake District in May - local memories recall snow falling in early June 1975.

St Thomas’ hospital, London

St Thomas’ hospital, London

How different the world now looks since that icy day in February that I ventured out to St. Thomas’ hospital opposite Westminster and the Houses of Parliament. Those first doses of the Covid-19 vaccination lightened our fear and started the release from lockdown.

More photos: St. Thomas’ hospital revisited

Florence Mine, Egremont, Cumbria

Florence Mine, Egremont, Cumbria

Haematite extraction - Florence Mine, Egremont, Cumbria

The chilling sight of a decaying pit head. Haematite was mined here, not coal. It’s one thing to visit a mining museum, quite another to walk around an abandoned working with the machinery still in place and rusting around you in the spring sunshine. You think of and can almost hear the men who worked here from 1914 over several generations, building and operating this untidy structure that now whistles in the wind.

More photos: Haematite - Florence Mine, Cumbria

Simnel Cake for Easter
Simnel Cake for Easter

Cassata for Easter
Cassata for Easter

Traditional treats for our Easter weekend, Terry baked us a Simnel Cake and his own version of a Cassata, cooking from basic ingredients. Plus some chocolate Easter eggs. We didn’t get to enjoy Easter together last year so it’s time for some celebration in our “bubble”. Commercial gyms in England are expected to re-open next Monday...

Flowers in bloom for Easter in Preston Park, Brighton

Flowers in bloom for Easter in Preston Park, Brighton

Colourfulflowers in the wonderful first rush of spring sunshine and before the storms bash the blooms. Fantastic to see colour again after this grim and grey winter in lockdown. These are flowers in and around the walled garden of Preston Manor, Brighton. Look out for the flowers around George the Brighton Pavilion cat’s memorial.

More photos: Springtime at Easter - Preston Manor flowers

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