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"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



My Latest Pictures



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Scroll down to see a selection of images from some of my most recent activities. A range of favourite subjects can be seen in my galleries


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Northampton 2021


Embracing a variety of subject matter and presentational styles this short series of pictures will illustrate my response to a single day in Northampton.


Porthcawl Elvis Festival 2021


After a two year gap the annual Porthcawl Elvis Festival returned and thousands of Elvis fans thronged the streets 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.


St Giles Fair, Oxford - September 2021



After a two year gap due to Covid, the traditional street fair returned to Oxford for the first Monday and Tuesday after the first Sunday in September. The sun shone and thousands of people turned out to enjoy the event. It was great to be able to document it for posterity through candid observations and informally posed portraits. 


The South Wales Valleys - July 2021


The valleys of south Wales have a long and proud history of heavy industry, but Margaret Thather's government started the process of dismantling that infrastructure in the 1980s. The underlying decline in prosperity is still evident today, despite the arrival of new industries and new ways of living. These pictures from Cwmbran, Pontypool and Abertillery are from an ongoing project to document the everyday activities of people and the places they live in, at a time when the country is emerging from a pandemic and mask-wearing is still very evident...and I have no idea why two chocolate digestives had been left on a grit bin.


Oxford - June 2021


With a 15 month gap since I last went out to take pictures, on 23rd June I spent an afternoon in the town centre. As always, looking to document life around me through candid observations and informal street portraits. The light was wonderful and this set includes pictures from a student 'trashing' in Radcliffe Square, the market at Gloucester Green amongst other pictures of the city returning to life.


Crufts 2020


My observations on dogs, people and events on the Hounds & Terriers Breeds Day.


Crufts 2020


My observations on dogs, people and events on the Toy & Utility Breeds Day.




From a few hours wandering around Grangetown in Cardiff; some portraits and urban landscapes to capture pre-Christmas atmosphere.




I spent an enjoyable day visiting David Hurn's exhibition at the Workers Gallery and listening to him in conversation with Paul Cabuts and Dan Wood...as well as taking a few pictures of Ynyshir.



Vale of Glamorgan County Show 2019


Observations and portraits. The 2020 show is on 12th August, visit: Vale of Glamorgan Show


Brighton Pride 2019


Portraits and observations from the Pride Parade.


Oxford Tattoo Convention 2019


Portraits and observations from the 2019 Convention, including some work with infra-red photography.


Portrait of a place: Newport


Impressions of this small city on the south Wales coast, from a visit with a few friends. We decided to combine some pictures into a book and you can see the result here: https://www.blurb.co.uk/b/9494079-newport 


Proximity: Port Talbot


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.


Oxford Streets in Shadows & Light


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.


Portrait of a place: Canton/Treganna


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. 


Portrait of a place: Gloucester


As part of an ongoing project to create a portrait of a place through street photography, informal portraits and urban landscape.


Remembrance Service, London, 2018


Portraits and observations from the service commerating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1.


Portrait of a place: Caerphilly


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.


Light and Shadow


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.


Oxford University Matriculation 2018


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.


Portrait of a place: Hereford


Pictures from a photowalk around Hereford with friends Steve Gray and Magda Wolna. The aim was to respond to what we saw, in order to describe how we saw Hereford.


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