"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
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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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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.
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 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.
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.
My observations on dogs, people and events on the Hounds & Terriers Breeds Day.
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.
Observations and portraits. The 2020 show is on 12th August, visit: Vale of Glamorgan Show
Portraits and observations from the Pride Parade.
Portraits and observations from the 2019 Convention, including some work with infra-red photography.
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
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.
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.
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.