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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


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



Crufts 2019


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. 


Santas on the Run 2018


It was a pleasure to be a volunteer photographer for Helen & Douglas House, capturing 2,000 Santa’s of all ages on this festive 3.5k fun run or walk for a good claus through the iconic streets of Oxford to help local terminally ill children. You can donate here: Helen & Douglas House  


Christchurch Carol Concert for Macmillan Cancer


The annual Carol Concert at Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford is held in support of Macmillan Cancer. The concert featured the world-class vocal ensemble the Blenheim Singers, conducted by Tom Hammond-Davies whilst Robert Quinney played the organ This year's readers were Sinéad CusackShaun EvansWill Gompertz and John Lloyd. If you would like to donate to Macmillan you can do so here: https://www.macmillan.org.uk/donate




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.


Hayling Island


From a visit to Hayling Island; a series of pictures looking for colour, shape and the designs of the seaside.


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.


Porthcawl Elvis Festival 2018


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.


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.


Oxford Tattoo Convention


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.


Pride Cymru 


Pictures from the 2018 event celebrating the LGBT community in Cardiff.


Merthyr Tydfil


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.


Cardiff Central Market


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.


Boot Sale


Observations and portraits from a car boot sale.


Summer Eights


Every summer Oxford colleges compete against each other to determine which college will be Head of the River. Over 4 days and in different ability divisions, crews race to catch and 'bump' the boat in front in order to move up the rankings. These pictures come from Day 2.


Barry Island


This famous seaside resort has been a holiday destination for countless families over the past century. Also known for being Stacey's home in the BBC Comedy Gavin & Stacey and the final resting place for hundreds of steam engines during the 1960s, as they waited to be broken up. As a photographer, I have always enjoyed documenting the changing fortunes of this very British seaside resort.   


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