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
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.
Landscape of the USA
This gallery contains images from the Grand & Bryce Canyons, Yosemite & Zion National Parks and Monument Valley. The majesty of these locations is overwhelming and I feel my portrayals from a brief visit, only scratch the surface of the experience.
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...