"To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place.... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them".
My Latest Pictures
Scroll down to see a selection of images from my 20 most recent trips/projects. A range of favourite subjects can be seen in my galleries
Thame & County Show
A selection of images portraying my impression of the 2014 event.
A walk through the fair
The annual fair at St Giles, Oxford, takes place on the first Monday & Tuesday, after the first Sunday in September. The tradition for many local people is to 'walk through the fair' and it was with that in mind that I approached the 2014 event. As day slowly turned to night I mingled with the throng that shuffled through, looking for the small details that tell the story of the going to the fair.
Cowley Road Carnival 2014
Cowley Road Carnival is a wonderful celebration of the multicultural diversity that East Oxford has to offer. At the heart of Carnival are the thousands of people who throng the streets to enjoy music, dance, food and entertainment. In a variety of photographic styles I have tried to show the vibrant colourful character of both the event and the people who make it happen. << New text box >>
Encaenia (Greek: a festival of renewal) is an annual ceremony at Oxford University for the presentation of Honorary Degrees. This year's honorand's were Dr Katherine Jefferts Schori, Sir Anish Kapoor, Mr Robert Silvers, Professor Jean-Marie Lehn and Sir Harrison Birtwistle. At the same time undergraduates are sitting examinations and are given to celebrate their completion! My pictures include elements of both.
May Day, Oxford, 2014
May Balls run through the night and into the following morning; the choir sings from Magdalen Tower at 6am on 1st May and then the Spring celebrations continue with more drinking (because the pubs are open), dancing and singing.
A day-trip to Birmingham to have a look around and explore some favourite themes, but mainly to see the iconic architecture of the library; a stunning building.
637 Head: A day at Thame market.
A day documenting the activities of a livestock market. I would like to thank all those involved for their warm welcome and help; including all those I photographed.
Crufts has long been a favourite dog show destination, although this year I only visited the Toy & Utility Breeds Day. This selection of images is dedicated to Dino (2002-14); the little dog that sparked my interest.
A day in Bath
Pictures from a visit to Bath, where I happened upon members of the City of Bath Petange Club amongst other people. Someone smoking caught my eye and this became something of a theme for my visit.
Cardiff - Indoor Market & Ninian Park Road
This portfolio is from a visit to Cardiff and mainly features the Central Market and a walk along Ninian Park Road. The market opened in 1891 and is still thriving. Many thanks to the traders who obligingly posed for portraits, to give the market a human face.
Ninian Park Road lies to the immediate west of the city and leads towards Sloper Road, the location of the now demolished Ninian Park (past home ground of Cardiff City FC). The panel mainly comprises the front doors and windows, lending a face to this very long Victorian row of terraced houses.
Despite recent storms, 2nd January provided some wonderful winter sunshine so I took the opportunity to photograph the animals at Marwell that were bathed in the low sun.
Barry Island is variously famous for its Fun Fare (opened in 1926), the steam engine scrapyards of the 1960's or Gavin & Stacey (2007). All are now gone and in the bleak mid-winter Barry, like so many other British seaside resorts, looks a little forlorn. That is what I have tried to portray in this collection of images, using software techniques to exaggerate the effect and emphasise the underlying sadness of life out-of-season. This is the other side of the Barry that was filled with noise and colour on the many day trips my family made when I was a small boy.
Old Zoo Pictures
I have always been fascinated by old photographs and the sense of times past evoked by their condition and quality. It is hard to imagine that the scene would have been as vibrant, sharp and colourful to those there, as contemporary scenes are to us today. The limitations of photographic equipment and the requirement to remain still throughout the exposure, meant compositions were limited and became stylised, with pictures blemished by small movements.
Victorian and Edwardian zoo photography not only existed within these constraints but within a society in which exotic animals truly were a marvel to be gawped at by an unknowing public, seeking thrills and entertainment. When we study old zoo pictures we can glimpse something that has long past.
In these pictures, I have sought to recreate that sense of the past through software manipulation, using contemporary images. Some work more successfully than others and I think this depends as much on the attitude/composition of the subject, as the variety of techniques I have experimented with. I hope you enjoy looking at them.
Oxford After Dark
The night offers a different experience of Oxford and it's good fun to occassionally get the tripod out.
I enjoy the melancholy of the British seaside out of season; for me it captures something of the British outlook on life. The dilapidation is more evident and the irony of faded signs exhorting fun and excitement seem more poignant, especially when set against 'closed' signs and various other notices that state no eating, no alcohol, no cycling, no skating, no entry....no fun? People dress up against the cold and walk through their surroundings, apparently oblivious to the bleakness that engulfs them. These images were taken during a short visit to Porthcawl, although they could have been recorded anywhere around our coastline; in fact wherever you find the fun of the fair!
Rememberance Service, Oxford, 2013
A few images from the 2013 service. Sadly, yet inevitably, fewer veterans attend every year. These images hopefully capture the dignity and pride of those who have served their country.
Port Lympne Wildlife Park, Kent
I visited Port Lympne Wildlife Park to photograph gorillas, not realising the whole colony had been moved to Africa as part of their re-introduction programme. Oh well, that's what zoos are for and it is good to see conservation in action...so I took photographs of other animals. As with all zoo photography viewpoint and selection influence the reaction of viewers and from a pro-zoo stance I have sought to show how the inclusion of an enclosure can easily mislead, compared with pictures of the same animals shown as portraits.
Stow Gypsy Horse Fair (October 2013)
Stow on the Wold in Gloucestershire has long been home to gypsy horse fairs, with a tradition that goes back 500 years. Spring and Autumn Fairs are held annually and these pictures are from the October 2013 event. Threats of land development could result in the loss of the current field or at the very worst the discontinuation of the fair.
SwimBritain - Blenheim Palace
SwimBritain was a series of 4,000m team swimming relays that took place around Britain during September 2013 and these pictures come from the only open-water event in the series, at Blenheim Palace. Celebrity swimmer David Walliams, Olymic champion swimmer Duncan Goodhew and World Champion and Olympic Silver Medal winner Keri-Anne Payne joined hundreds of swimmers of all abilities to swim the great lake.