"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 some of my most recent trips/projects. A range of favourite subjects can be seen in my galleries
More images from a recent visit using a variety of different processing approaches.
Deal & Folkestone
Images from a visit to the Kent coast.; looking at the obvious and less obvious and using a variety of processing techniques.
Cowley Road Carnival 2015
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. More pictures to follow!!!
Henley Regatta 2015
Portraits, both posed and candid of people and activities at the most recent event.
From recent trips to the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Paignton Zoo. Many of my images do not present a convential viewpoint in order to confound those with an anti-zoo stance; I like to illustrate how the camera (and Photoshop) can lie to illicit a negative anthropormorphic response. All the animals I visit in British zoos are well cared for and contributing to conservation aims.
Summer Eights 2015
Every May the Oxford University inter-college boat races take place. The races involve the crews starting at the same time, at measured intervals; the aim is to catch the boat in front and 'bump' it. Crews that are neither caught nor catch are said to 'row through'. The four-day event encompasses a range of ability levels and culminates in a Finals Day showdown between the top crews. The images below are from Day 2.
Stow Gipsy Horse Fair
The May event was rather wet! Sandwiched between two glorious sunny days the day of the fair had driving rain and a cold wind, all of which curtailed photographic activities but below are a few records from the day.
Pictures from two recent visits to Oxford, including some more and less obvious locations that reflect the two sides of this world famous city.
Cotswold Wildlife Park
I love visiting zoos and looking for new creative interpretations as well as more straighforward portrayals. The white rhino calf had only just been born and my shot was taken through the closed doors of the rhino house, where mother and baby were being given some privacy and quiet time.
I always enjoy returning to my hometown and this day-trip provided an eclectic mix of portraits, street shots and even something bordering on landscape.
National Poultry Championship
Held in Telford the 2014 event continued to provide a variety of interesting opportunities to record poultry enthusiasts enjoying the competition and the social side of bird keeping.
Images from the 2014 event at the Cenataph, concentrating on the quieter moments away from main ceremony.
Stow Gipsy Horse Fair (October 2014)
The fair has a long association with Stow, stretching back over 500 years. My involvement has been more recent, but I continue to enjoy my annual visits to document the the horses, dogs and of course, people that all make this a great event.
London International Tattoo Convention
A selection of portraits and other observations from this huge event. Many thanks to the artists and visitors for their help and co-operation; with specal thanks to Roland Hyams.
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.
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.