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
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.
Zoos offer many opportunities for the camera to lie and draw out anthropormorphic responses, both positive and negative. In this set of pictures I have attempted to do that through a series of manipulations and techniques, as well as straightforward abstracts and portraits.
Brighton Pride 2013
Brighton’s Pride LGBT Community parade is the most visible part of Pride for the general public who flock to the city to enjoy the unique spectacle. This year's ‘Gay Icons’ theme marked the 23rd
year of Brighton Pride, which offers a chance for the LGBT community to celebrate and party with the wider community. I hope my pictures capture the diversity and fun people were having.
Hereford Sheep Market
Inspired by old black & white photographs of the characters and activities of sheep markets I have sought to create my own interpretation, using a variety of techniques to evoke impressions of the past as well as more contemporary approaches. My thanks for the warm welcome and co-operation of auctioneers, farmers and market visitors.
Gypsy Horse Fair - Kenilworth
Continuing an on-going project to record the horses, dogs, people, stalls, activities and details of gypsy horse fairs.
Pictures recording a way of life; from a recent visit to sheep markets in Talybont, Hay and Talgarth. Thanks to the auctioneers, farmers and sheep for their help and co-operation.
A beautiful location, even if the World Heritage Site of St Mark's Square is adorned by a large advert for lager. Wherever you look it has been photographed before, so I simply enjoyed doing what so many have done before me.
Some pictures from a trip to Spitalfields Market and some of the more obvious London locations. More to follow...
Northampton International Tattoo Convention 2013
Manys thanks to all the artists and visitors at this great event. This gallery is still under construction and more pictures will follow...
Gypsy Horse Fair - Wickham
Wickham Fair is an annual event held under Royal Charter. The main event is the parading, buying and selling of horses; many will have their tails tied in a traditional decorative style. Horses are ridden bareback up and down the main street and people flock to the nearby stalls and funfair. Men gather on the pavement in a game of chance involving tossing coins gambling on how they fall; either two heads or two tails or "ones" (one coin lands on heads the other tails). Betting can be serious with winners taking away hundreds of pounds. I have tried to capture the spirit of the event with portraits, details and some wonderful dogs.
Gypsy Horse Fair - Stow
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 May 2013 event.
May Morning Oxford
At 6am the choristers of Magdalen College sing from the top of the Great Tower to greet the arrival of Spring, whilst thousands of people gather to listen before joining the street celebrations. Sadly health and safety now prevents the student tradition of jumping into the river, fully clothed, from Magdalen Tower but the numerous Morris troops and bands play on; there are beards, hats, beer, flowers, sunshine...and of course the pubs are open, so people party like it's 1513!
It is easy to overlook the opportunities on your doorstep, so these images come from a walk around Oxford. Oxford is one of the most visited places in the UK but I enjoy wandering off the beaten track and into the streets that surround the city centre. As always favourite subjects are people and dogs and on this day I met some chefs from Branca, a speedway fan and professional dog photographer, amongst others...and Oxford always has a fine selection of bicycles. Perhaps I should do it more often.
Images from a trip to Scotland based at Fort William and exploring Rannoch Moor, Glencoe, The Road to the Isles, Skye and Applecross. The weather was conveniently diverse and provided interesting lighting, albeit in fleeting moments. It is hard to capture the majesty of this landscape in a photograph, so I recommend a visit to see it for real!
Crufts 2013 - Hounds & Terriers Day
Crufts remains a favourite event for photography and on this occasion I have used B&W to portray the relationship between (wo)man and dogs.