LIGHT & LAND

My excitement is hard to describe. Although I have known now for a couple of months that I will be joining Light & Land, today was the day when I was announced as one of the tutors of the company, and it felt a little bit like a big birthday or some other important day of celebration. I am honoured to have been asked, and have gladly accepted the invitation. To be able to work as part of such a fantastic group of people is a wonderful new opportunity for me to share my love of photography with like-minded folk.

I have already put my first workshop together - it will be a day of photographic exploration in York, England's 'Eternal City'. It's a city full of character, with medieval streets and a cathedral that will take your breath away. For more information and to book your place, visit Light & Land's website by clicking here
 

SHOOTING ON A FAMILY HOLIDAY

For many years, taking my camera bag on a family holiday was a wasted effort. Rarely did I have the chance to bring out the kit to capture some wonderful light. But this year was different! 

On the first day, we stepped into Beverley Minster at just the right time to witness the most wonderful play of light inside. I spent a very happy half hour watching and photographing it. The light softened the stark nature of the structure, and I could literally feel the warmth it created. 

Later on during our trip, which was one of hot days and cloudless blue skies, I tried to turn that into a (photographic) advantage by picking out details, shapes and lines of a lighthouse against the sky.

VISION 9 AT OXO

The Vision 9 exhibition at gallery@oxo was a wonderful event, which showcased a tremendous variety of work by leading outdoor photographers. I was privileged to have been invited to the exhibition. Here is a video about it:

URBAN ABSTRACTS

My fascination with urban photography generally, and London in particular, seems to be growing. Perhaps the fact that I no longer commute to London every day for work has something to do with it. It has become more enjoyable, I love looking around, something that got lost in the daily drudgery in years gone by.

WELCOME TO THE HOTEL BURGBERG!

Spotted in Dresden, Germany. I have always been fond of photographing urban decay. By capturing an old dilapidated building, the connection to the past becomes a very direct one. I can almost see the waiters hurrying back and forth, serving guests, hear the sound of the bell at reception and watch guests dragging big suitcases behind them as they depart.

ALL CHANGE, ALL CHANGE!

A reasonably pleasing image here and there could not hide the fact that I have been incredibly frustrated those last few months with my photography. So what better way to get out of the rut than to try something completely new? Inspiration came from Steve Gosling, whose workshops I used to attend regularly, many years ago. Olympus lent the camera and Steve set the task - shooting urban scenes in London. I expected nothing, and perhaps that was the key. It allowed me to look around with fresh eyes, explore and play. 3 hours - and that was all that was needed to invigorate my mind, to re-ignite the passion. 

DUNGENESS

Finally, I made it to Dungeness for some photography, together with my friend Sarah Medway. Although it is a well-photographed location, I had to see it for myself, and it did not disappoint. The eerie atmosphere is captivating, and despite rather uncooperative weather I came away with a couple of photographs, which, for me, capture the spirit of the place. Dungeness was also the last location I used my trusty Canon camera, though I didn't know it then...

ELMBRIDGE: MOVING ART

I am privileged to have been asked to curate ELMBRIDGE: MOVING ART, an arts exhibition, which includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography and other art works made by artists, who live or work in the Borough of Elmbridge. The exhibition will show at the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre in Walton-on-Thames before travelling to other locations in the borough. ELMBRIDGE: MOVING ART is being supported by Elmbridge Borough Council and the RC Sherriff Trust.

URBAN SCENES - A NEW PASSION?

I spent a few days in Bruges, Belgium and something happened I thought was impossible: I came back with some urban photographs. Bruges is a fascinating city and well worth exploring with the camera.

DRAWN BY LIGHT - EXHIBITION AT RIVERHOUSE BARN ARTS CENTRE

DRAWN BY LIGHT was a wonderful exhibition at the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre. Huw Alban, David Neve, Jenifer Bunnett, Rachael Talibart and myself showed a great variety of landscape work. Below is a short video of the event.

ISLE OF SKYE

I have just returned from a trip to the Isle of Skye with photographer friends Beata Moore, Sue Bishop and Linda Wevill. It was a rather wet week, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Highlight was the beach at Talisker Bay with its white and black sand. The outgoing tide created the most beautiful patterns in the sand and we spent hours photographing there. See the gallery for more images.

PHOTOGRAPHY & SCULPTURE - EXHIBITION AT ST ANDREW'S CHURCH

"Photography and Sculpture" took place during the last weekend in February. I was invited to show my work at the new Gateway of St Andrew's United Reformed Church in Walton-on-Thames. At the same time the Gateway hosted a display of unique sculptures made by members of Zimbabwean art cooperative "Artpeace". You can find a short video about the event by clicking here.