"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
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
10 years of the Sony World Photography Awards
To celebrate 10 years of the Sony World Photography Awards invited guests met at theprintspace in London. These impromptu portraits were taken with available light and instructions to keep a straight face and stare into the camera; some managed it better than others :-)
A Nation of Shop Keepers
As part of an on-going project to photograph people in their workplace, this series of portraits was taken at the Birmingham Indoor Market. In each case I have sought to portray people in the context of the stall and goods for sale.
21st October 2016 marked the 50th Anniversary of the disaster that consumed Aberfan, when tons of wet slag slid down into the valley and buried the primary school and a whole generation. These pictures record Aberfan the day before this anniversary. The memorial to the disaster and especially the 116 young lives lost stands in stark contrast to the crumbling Victorian surroundings. The Garden of Memorial stands on the site once occupied by the school.
Opened in 1935 Jubilee Pool is one of the few remaining open-air lidos still in use in the UK. The striking architecture is based on a triangular shaped pool. Refurbished and re-opened in 2016 by Prince Charles after extensive storm damage Jubilee Pool is set to provide many future generations of swimmers with a safe sea-water experience.
London International Tattoo Convention
A selection of portraits and observations from the 2016 event. I have added my own interpretation to the body art through a range of processing techniques that I felt were sympathetic to the subject. Some more images to follow...
St Giles Fair - Oxford (2016)
The fair is all about looking, eating, scary rides, winning cuddly toys, screaming, feeling sick and have fun ...so this is what I have tried to capture in this series of pictures.
Pictures from a visit to Cologne during July 2016.
Cowley Road Carnival 2016
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 photographic styles influenced by Joel Meyerwitz, Bruce Gilden and Martin Parr I have tried to show the vibrant colourful character of both the event and the people who make it happen.
Pictures from an amazing visit to photograph animals at close quarters at Amazing Animals
Pictures from a visit to the 2016 event, strolling along the bank and looking for whatever caught my eye.
Pictures from a day spent at this seaside town, just wandering around and responding to what I saw. More to follow when I have the time to process them.
Summer Eights is an annual inter-college rowing competition held on the River Thames in Oxford. Boats line up at the downstream end of the course with a distance of approximately 1.5 boat lengths between each team. When the race starts each crew tries to catch and bump the boat in front and avoid being bumped by the boat behind. A 'bump' is rewarded by moving up one place in the starting line-up in the next day's racing. The ultimate aim of a crew is to become "Head of the River" by being placed at the top of the first division. These pictures show some of the people and action from this four day event.
The May Day Rabbit & other stories
Many elements of May Day follow comforting repeating patterns but I have never seen a rabbit enjoying the festivities before. More pictures to follow...
In infrared photography, filters ranging from 590nm to about 900nm are used to let infrared (IR) light pass through to the sensor whilst blocking all or most of the visible light spectrum. A typical result is the "Wood Effect" - seen when foliage appears white and snow-like. These images are some of my first explorations with an IR camera.
Edinburgh & Chester Zoos
A selection of images from recent visits. Hopefully more to come soon.
Port of Holyhead/Porthladd Caergybi
Every year more than two million passengers pass through this port in Anglesey on journies between Ireland and Wales. For the majority I am sure passing through is all they do, having the most peripheral impact on the local economy and community. So, with a 2 hour parking slot I decided to explore the town and the streets immediately beyond. These images are my response to the world I found on a quiet Sunday morning.
Images from two days at the 2016 event; covering hounds, terriers, toy and utility breeds.
Swanage and Weymouth
Some images from a visit to Swanage and Weymouth. A cold day with bright winter sun offered many opportunities to use light and colour to create pictures.
Thame County Show
Not my latest trip, but a catch-up session to show some images from the September 2015 event.