I have loved going to zoos since I was a small boy and I have taken photographs in zoos for as long as I have been interested in photography. The challenge of finding a new perspective is, well, challenging. This set of images includes some attempts to portray a more abstract perspective, as well as recreate Victorian-era photographs. Many people have an anti-zoo stance and several pictures have been created to show how easily the camera can lie...all the animals in these images are extremely well cared for.
I have always been fascinated by old photographs and the sense of times past evoked by their condition and quality. It is hard to imagine that the scene would have been as vibrant, sharp and colourful to those there, as contemporary scenes are to us today. The limitations of photographic equipment and the requirement to remain still throughout the exposure, meant compositions were limited and became stylised, with pictures blemished by small movements.
Victorian and Edwardian zoo photography not only existed within these constraints but within a society in which exotic animals truly were a marvel to be gawped at by an unknowing public, seeking thrills and entertainment. When we study old zoo pictures we can glimpse something that has long past.
In these pictures, I have sought to recreate that sense of the past through software manipulation, using contemporary images. Some work more successfully than others and I think this depends as much on the attitude/composition of the subject, as the variety of techniques I have experimented with. I hope you enjoy looking at them.
I was delighted to accept an invitation from Jay Charnock FRPS to be one of the three selectors for the 2017 exhibition by the Visual Art Group of the Royal Photographic Society. We had a splendid array of pictures to choose from and doing this with co-selectors Cathy Roberts FRPS and Lucilla Phelps FRPS was a pleasure.
I am thrilled at my success in the Marwell Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. I entered the Marwell Zoo Residents category and won with 'Congo buffalo'; two other entries 'Giraffes' and 'Giraffe feeding' were both commended. All winning entries will be displayed in an outdoor exhibition in the grounds of the zoo. My prize is a free annual membership. More details will appear on Marwell’s website in due course: https://www.marwell.org.uk/zoo/keep-in-touch/competitions/photographer-of-the-year
I am delighted to have been selected for 2nd place in the Wanderlust Photo Contest! My prize is an amazing $250 Adorama.com gift voucher. The top prize was a spectacular holiday with the talented photographers Robert Caplin & Peter Lockley who run MauiWorkshop.com ...I'll just have to enter next year and try again!
I have been named as a short-listed photographer in the 2016 competition, which attracted 230,103 entries in total across all categories; up 28% on last year. My picture 'Jump' features in the 'Split Second' category and you can see it here: http://worldphoto.org/images/image/1275336/?FromImageGalleryID=31793
Copies of JUMP can be ordered from the official SWPA Print Partner https://art.tt/zdq
Join me on Monday 29th June for a workshop as part of the MCS Festival. Learn how to use your main camera controls and leave AUTO behind! The workshop will also take a brief look at popular photographic genres with hints on how to get involved; as well as a guide to photographing Oxford. For more details click here
It was great fun to be an invited member of a judging panel that assessed the level of photographic creativity demonstrated by participants in a research study lead by Dalena Van Heugten of Oxford University's Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences. Dalena's paper has been published in Frontiers in Psychology and can be read here. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how all the photographers involved had risen to the daily challenge of submitting one picture taken on a theme emailed to them each morning.
My picture of a puppy at Stow Gipsy Horse Fair was selected as one of the three winners in the RPS competition Hidden Spaces. The picture is printed in the March issue of the RPS Journal. Click here to visit the site
My latest book "Cowley Road Carnival" has just been published. This annual event is a huge community celebration and the theme for Carnival 2014 and my book was 'faces' ~ you can review the whole book here. For more details about the 2015 Carnival and how you can get involved click here.
I am delighted that my picture "The Butcher" has been selected for the 2015 Members’ Biennial Exhibition, which will tour the UK during 2015. Only 100 images have been selected for the exhibition from 3,284 images submitted worldwide, so it is a very pleasing achievement. You can see all the winning pictures here.
It's great to have an image in the Creativity feature in the Dec 14 issue of PhotoPlus!
My picture of a family at Stow Gipsy Horse Fair was selected as one of the three winners in the RPS competition Family Life. The picture is printed in the Decemebr issue of the RPS Journal. Click on the logo above to visit the site
I was working at the London Tattoo Convention and hope you enjoy the 2014 gallery.
I am pleased that judge Dave Stevenson loved my picture Bonobo and chose it as his winner in the Photocrowd All Creatures Great & Small competition. Find out what Dave said about all the top photos here: Top 10 and Commended lists.
I was delighted to have a portfolio of images from the Stow Gipsy Horse reviewed in The Guardian. For more details click here.
It was a privilage to be invited by The Big Issue to judge "What Oxford means to me". A photography competition for local vendors. Issued with disposable cameras for 5 days and a brief to record the city as they saw it, the results were very impressive.