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January 15, 2018

The two photographs on this blog use the same technique to sensitise perception. The technique is to open the aperture of the lens so as to reduce the depth of field – the space between the inner and outer edges of the in-focus material. What lies before the front edge...

September 19, 2017

Pati Smith writes in her recent book "Devotion" of the origins of creativity. She speaks of being overcome by "an unexpected though familiar giddiness" and of "an intensification of the abstract" as accompanying an urge to start writing her experience. Maurice Merleau-...

June 12, 2017

This picture adopts the style of a collage to encourage us to ponder ambiguity and transience in current times.

The picture is divided into three horizontal sections. In the central section shimmers a reflection of St Paul’s, framed within the steel girders of the under...

May 23, 2017

When I was twenty I was employed by a Morecambe photographer to take pictures of holidaymakers from the West Riding textile towns. Back in those days the various towns tended to descend on Morecambe en mass on particular days. This practice was related to when the main...

March 23, 2017

On Monday 20th March I visited the Photography Show at the NEC in Birmingham. I attended a presentation by Frans Lanting and then made my way through the crowds to the BIPP stand where Bryn Griffiths sat with me and reviewed my portfolio. I appreciated his attentivenes...

January 18, 2017

 Two images in this post illustrate a continuing theme in the use of colour in urban landscapes. The first image was snatched through a shop window in 2011 in Gothenburg, Sweden. It was captured on an I Phone 5 - all I had to hand. My intention was to try and...

November 21, 2016

David Hockney is supposed to have advised artists feeling stumped for a subject to step into their own backyards. This Autumn I've needed no encouragement because the leaf-fall has been late and especially colourful. The picture above was taken only a few days ago; tha...

October 21, 2016

I have just returned from a three day course in London organised and taught by the Danish photographer Thorsten von Overgaard. He taught lightly and provided us with the company of other photographers in stimulating environments, so we could also learn from each other....

September 19, 2016

This summer we drove south again, crossing to Cherbourg and wending our way slowly down to the old region of Quercy where we met up with our sons and their partners, then with some Canadian friends; we also found time to be alone together, soaking up the warm feeling o...

August 24, 2016

I visited the air display at Farnborough this year. I told friends that I was giving my ten year old self an outing. The joke refers to the age at which I attribute the start of my obsession with all things to do with flight. It was an obsession that was to continue we...

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