Below you will see completed photographic projects I have compiled into books ~ please scroll down to see them all and follow the links to preview the images.
Cowley Road Carnival
This book celebrates the huge annual Carnival in Cowley, Oxford. Tens of thousands of people join the street party and these pictures, based on the 2014 Carnival Theme of 'faces', capture the charm and character of many.
Preview or purchase Cowley Road Carnival
Pushkar Camel Fair
Thousands of pilgrims, villagers and herdsmen with cattle, horses and camels descend on Pushkar in the Hindu month of Kartik for the annual fair. This holy city in Rajasthan is one of Asia’s largest camel fairs and it is estimated that over 25,000 will change hands during the course of the fair.
The bustling activity, colour, sights and smells are definably Indian. In this collection of photographs I have sought to portray the herdsmen and their livestock camped around the city, through a series of informal portraits and observed moments of everyday life.
Turn Everything up Louder than Everything Else!
Are you ready to rock? Images of the famous and not so famous in concert, capturing the energy and excitement of live performances...along with a few quieter moments.
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...is the length of a rodeo event for Saddle Bronc, Bareback and Bull Riding, getting bucked off before 8 seconds results in disqualification. Calgary Stampede is the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth and this book captures all the spills and thrills of rodeo alongside a view behind the scenes.
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What am I bid?
The commoners of the New Forest have kept semi-feral ponies in the forest for centuries and there is a long history of breeding, racing and selling ponies. The pictures in this book record the sales yard and its activities during the September, October and November 2012 auctions and document the event through informal portraits of people and animals, alongside observed details.
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I wonder what they are doing in Heaven today
For those in this book Heaven was the final destination, for life ever after. Photographically I have illustrated the various ways in which religious iconography and architecture have been used to portray and preserve the memory and status of the deceased. Whilst the images were taken 'as seen' with nothing disturbed I have used various digital colouration techniques to create a personal interpretation of what I saw and experienced.
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Crufts is the largest dog show in the world and in his foreword Peter Purves says "I love this book. This is one of those collections that will have you dipping into it for another look, over and over again".
Through this project I have sought to capture an impression of this imposing event, balancing the gentle humour and seriousness of the dog show to present an affectionate collection of images.
Preview or purchase Dog Show
The Lives of Older People
This book portrays older people and moments in their lives. The B&W photographs show ordinary people, in ordinary situations, which are seen across the United Kingdom every day of the week. People go shopping, catch buses, sit, talk, walk their dog and simply look at life around them. These images capture brief moments that reflect the hopes, uncertainties and often mundane nature of lives that perhaps, look back rather than forward. I hope this visual portrayal of an often neglected sector of society will invite the viewer to re-appraise their own attitudes towards the lives of others.
Preview or purchase The Lives of Older People
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.