Photography

My photography

I use photography to show something about where I’ve been or people whom I’ve met. As well as trying to see the beauty in a scene or situation, I’m also trying to convey ideas and feelings. My photography is about me and what I do, who I meet and where I go. All my photography tries to be contemporary and creative. I’m resistant to being fitted in to a taxonomy by categorisation such as “travel” or  “conceptual” or “nature”. All image-making is political simply by the act of selection and hence exclusion but I am not campaigning for any particular point of view, except to try to see the positives and to live life to the full.

I use 645, 35mm and DX formats plus a handy little digital compact that shoots RAW files. I’ve experimented with non-lens photography - do ask!

I first worked in a monochrome/silver wet darkroom at age 7, helping my Father with scientific prints; I’ve used colour negative materials since age 21 and digital since 2005. I use Photoshop (Adobe) and Photopaint (Corel).

Preston Park, Brighton

An impressive amount of participation in sport on a Sunday morning in Preston Park, Brighton.

Steam vehicles in Brighton for the HCVS rally
Burrell Crane Engine No 3829, “His Majesty”, built in 1907, PB9687

Steam vehicles in Brighton for the HCVS rally
McLaren Road Locomotive No 1652, “Boadicea”, built in 1918, WF1864

“His Majesty” (1907), “Boadicea” (1918) and “The Great North” (1901): powerful steam vehicles arriving in Brighton for the sixtieth Historic Commercial Vehicle Society rally. All three engines are in steam and under power as the convoy enters Brighton; the engine in front is towing the two engines behind plus a low loader carrying a 132kV, 45,000 kVA mains electricity grid transformer made by Fuller, representing the old technology hauling in the new. Seeing, hearing and smelling these historic engines move under their own power was one step beyond seeing them on static display at the many rallies they grace with their presence.

More photos: Steam power in Brighton

London City Island - Canning Town

London City Island - Canning Town

At first sight this is another huge high-rise development in former docklands to the east of London. But there’s more to the architecture of London City Island than that. The island location (known locally as “Bog Island”) is in the deep part of one of the curves of the River Lea just before Leamouth, the confluence with the River Thames at East India Docks. The geographical location fundamentally softens the architecture which is indeed otherwise relentlessly rectilinear and very vertical, reaching far higher than power lines in Canning Town on the far side of the River Lea.

More photos: The architecture of London City Island

Lobster

Dignity in death: lobsters are a formidable survivor species with ancestors back to at least the Cretaceous, 140 million years ago. This individual came from Canada, claimed farmed sustainably.

Electric vehicle charging station in Fulham, London

No petrol at this filling station in Fulham - electric vehicles only.

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