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).

Broadcast Video Expo 2011

Here are some interesting shapes and colours: BVE (Broadcast Video Expo) is a broadcast television trade show and conference that is an annual opportunity in London for suppliers to show off their "toys for the boys" in the television industry. It’s a small world and shows like this offer an opportunity to remeet colleagues despite the shifting sands of the industry that works behind the scenes to make the magic on the screen. More than that, these are pretty events with lights, cameras, sound and action.

Evening shopping at Westfield shopping centre, West London

My recent photos of the roofs of Marseille have set me thinking: I have started noticing other interesting shapes around. Here are some pictures from an evening at the local shopping centre here in Shepherds Bush, West London. I like the colours and the shapes. People are there but they are dwarfed by the architectural drama of this huge temple to retail.

Roofs of Marseille

Marseille, that vast sprawling Mediterranean port of uncertain reputation even since Phoenician times, has roofs of many kinds. At its origins, Marseille is the archetypical Provence town composed of a number of villages built in a valley surrounding a fine natural harbour, but it has grown to be a city so vast that when viewed from the fortress church of Notre Dame de la Garde, the city sprawls to the horizon.

The roofs of Marseille show, in three dimensions, how the city architects have solved the age old problem of shelter. They are also showcase of the beauty of Marseille.

Here are views of the Panier and Vauban villages of Marseille.

Picture postcard from a chilly Sunday in royal Richmond Park in London – fauna ranging from the speedy cyclists to the regal deer. Dogs taking their owners for a run and seasonal runners upping their fitness in preparation for the London Marathon. Lots of interesting couples...

Views of Brighton

Brighton can be colourful even in January. The Lanes have browsers and buskers; skaters are enjoying the winter ice rink on the lawn in front of the Royal Pavillion.

It's even warm enough to sit outside for a latte! Stalls in the the farmers' market are offering produce direct from the farm with flowers or plants from the nurseries. Right next door, one of the tattoo and piercing shops is open for business.

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