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).

Les rafles, Marseille 1943
“View from the transporter bridge towards the Quartier Saint-Jean, the Nazis plan the destructions”

Les rafles, Marseille 1943
Mairie (Town Hall), the only building standing after the destruction

Exhibition at the Vieux Port, Marseille in front of the restored Mairie (town hall), the only building remaining following the forced clearing and dynamiting of Marseille Old Quarters by the occupying German Nazis in the spring of 1943. This exhibition seeks to include more fully this sombre episode in the long history of Marseille; it gains peculiar power because the archive images are presented right where the atrocity took place. The 14 hectares of the city dynamited in 1943 have been rebuilt; but many, if not most, of the people who were taken away never returned. Also, there are no old trees in this area.

More photos: Les rafles, Marseille 1943

Group chilling out on the beach in front of Eastbourne’s Victorian pier

Group chilling out on the beach in front of Eastbourne’s Victorian pier. Sunny but air temperature +4°C. A photo that says “cold”.

Snow in Cumbria
Ennerdale at sunset

Snow in Cumbria
7 AM: snow falling

The north wind doth blow,
And we shall have snow,
And what will the robin do then, poor thing?
He’ll sit on a twig,
And we’ll feed him some bread,
And he’ll sing to say ‘Thank you, my friends’,
Poor thing!

More photos: The north wind doth blow

Hammersmith, West London at night

Hammersmith, West London at night

This set is about home, familiarity and security or menace. These are photographs of the light and life of the street at night around my neighbourhood in West London. The night light shows the familiar world literally in a different light, highlighting moods and atmospheres that day light makes commonplace. But also a lone bright window and the menace of the darkness.

More photos: Street Light

Waves on the beach, Seaford, Sussex

People and waves on the stony beach at Seaford, Sussex. A picture metaphor for these battered times.

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