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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



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.


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. 




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.


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