"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". Elliott Erwitt
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
The M4 was built over the rooftops of this small town in South Wales which hugs the coast, hemmed in by the steel works, mountains and wind farms. This set of pictures portrays the proximity of the many elements that form the back-drop of everyday life for the local community.
This set of pictures uses high contrast to document street activities and was taken as part of a 10 week workshop at Modern Art Oxford. "Activating our archives" is lead by Sunil Shah an artist, curator and writer based in Oxford. His work examines aesthetics, knowledge formation and agency in art and photography.
My observations on dogs, people and events on the Toy & Utility Breeds Day.
From a photowalk exploring the place where I was born and brought up. Canton was named after St Canna, a princess in the 4th Century. The growth of this independent hamlet resulted in merger with the borough of Cardiff in 1875. The infrastructure and housing remains predominantly Victorian/Edwardian and my family have continuously occupied the same house since its construction in the 1890s. These pictures are part of a wider project to create a portrait of a place through candid and posed pictures.
As part of an ongoing project to create a portrait of a place through street photography, informal portraits and urban landscape.
Portraits and observations from the service commerating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1.
As part of an ongoing project to record my impressions of a place; this is Caerphilly the way I saw it on a photowalk, on a sunny October day.
Inspired by Jane Zhang's feature in B+W Photography (November 2018 - No 222) I decided to explore the streets of Oxford to look for what I had to say about light and shadow. Thinking in B&W and dialling down the exposure compensation I had a great time.
From a visit to Hayling Island; a series of pictures looking for colour, shape and the designs of the seaside.
The matriculation ceremony at Oxford University confers membership on the latest intake (of mainly) under-graduates. The students promise to respect and uphold university traditions and codes of behaviour. These observations and candid portraits aim to capture the activities and emotions of the day.
The annual Porthcawl Elvis Festival brings thousands of Elvis fans together at the end of September to celebrate the music and life of The King. Elvis Tribute Artists compete in the official competition at the Pavillion whilst numerous other venues host their own Elvis events. The whole town goes mad for Elvis and everyone has a wonderful time.
Pictures from the 2018 event at Matthew Arnold School. Thanks to the organisers, artists and visitors.
Street life in Cardiff; observations and portraits both candid and posed.
Pictures from the 2018 event celebrating the LGBT community in Cardiff.
From a set of pictures taken during a two hour photowalk around Merthyr, responding to the people and place to create a personal portrait of the town.
Opened in 1891 Cardiff Market continues to offer a wide variety of stalls and produce. For a fuller history visit the official market site: https://www.cardiffcouncilproperty.com/cardiff-market/ This series of portraits records many of the current traders, set within the context of their stall and forms part of an ongoing project to photograph total strangers - so a big thank you to all those I approached for their friendliness and willingness to participate.
Observations and portraits from a car boot sale.