I'm lucky enough to travel a lot but I also aim to understand a place in some depth. So I like to find out about the local history, sociology, wildlife and local arts. I prepare for a trip by looking up photos of the famous sights, they're usually a good guide both about the local visual interest and also a warning of what has already been done or over-done.
I try to use the tools of modern photojournalism and photography to communicate how I feel about a place. You’ll see that I have used Portrait, Street, Interior, Historical, Abstract, Landscape, Historical, Wildlife, Phone-camera and Selfie genres at different times for specific effects.
The lighthouse, the ships, the birds, the rocks, the sea and the sky all contribute to the sense of place of Corsewall Point at the north end of the Rhins of Galloway peninsular in south-west Scotland. Corsewall Lighthouse has been lit since 1816 and protects the rocky coast of the North Channel, the strait between the Irish Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
The classic view of le Point d’Arc rock bridge marks the top end of the Gorges of the Ardèche. The high and wide omega loops further downstream that the Ardèche river has eroded in the layers of limestone rock make it a spectacular feature to see both from the rim road and by canoe or kayak. There’s a footpath though the gorge alongside the river bank with a bivouac site midway that’s popular with parties of schoolkids; apparently camping is prohibited in the caves but it seems everyone has done it at some time.
Plenty of water and green vegetation after recent rain, our early start again caught the best light before the clouds and afternoon storms.
A train ride across the border to Ventimiglia from Menton. You know you’re in Italy when the streets are lined with scooters. Ventimiglia’s renowned traffic congestion was enlivened by a rally of Ferraris passing through while we enjoyed a real Italian coffee with interesting ice cream.
Seen from above, the Grand Canyon of the Verdon is a huge crack in the limestone rock of Provence. The Route des Crêtes runs to the highest point (1319 m.) on the north rim, allowing a panoramic view of the surrounding topography and the Verdon flowing 800 metres below.
Another fantastic clear early morning but the clouds and then the rain came along quite soon.