Stonehenge: Monumental Disappointment

I recently spent a brisk and stormy day walking in Salisbury. I went initially to visit Stonehenge which, after over half a century of my life, I have somehow neglected to see with my own eyes. I have to say its a bit of a let down: surrounded by ropes and  guarded by walkie-talkie men it sits like…

AT PARIS PHOTO

What a pleasure to leave the DSLR at home for a few days. With a group of students at Paris Photo it feels good to shoot on film for a while. Olympus Trip camera and Pentax K1000 – very simple, basic, reliable gear. Kodak Tri-X film for its good, solid contrast. Sad though that France, while…

FRIENDS OF THE ORPHAN SIGNS – A ONE WORD PICTURE POEM

On my recent journey in the States I travelled through Albuquerque and Flagstaff. Part of my shooting series while in the US was to find old motel signs and other roadside paraphernalia to make some grids or Typologies of them. In Flagstaff and in Albuquerque I took long walks and photos of the signs, some…

SMOKING HANDS

I have certain ethical problems with the candid photography of homeless people, beggars or those that appear vulnerable or in plight.  The most successful examples, or ones where the ethics become more balanced, are when the photographer has at least engaged with or even maintained a relationship of sorts with the subject. The very best are…

‘Formal Portraits’ – ‘Johnny Twenty-Four’

Johnny Twenty-Four is a local legend, or ‘leg-end’ as some call him. He is the oldest surviving tenant of Trellick Tower, a grand (in)famous example of 60’s Brutalist Architecture that rises above the Grand Union canal in West London. Johnny moved in there in 1974 and hasn’t moved out yet. He dresses in layers of…

“Relationship Photography”

This brief was set in order to illuminate for the photographer the practice of negotiating ones way into a situation whereby human relationships and emotions can be played out in front of the camera. The photographer would be an observer in this scenario and would not direct action or attempt to manipulate the scene(s). The…

‘Street’ Photography – London College of Communication

For this assignment we were instructed to ‘take to the streets’. The brief was to find three scenes, situations or locations and to photograph them with a view to building a better shot each time; through positioning oneself differently in  terms of distance, negotiating a better angle or simply playing the waiting game and hoping…

‘Street’ Photography – Portobello Road

For this assignment we were instructed to ‘take to the streets’. The brief was to find three scenes, situations or locations and to photograph them with a view to building a better shot each time; through positioning oneself differently in  terms of distance, negotiating a better angle or simply playing the waiting game and hoping…

‘Street’ Photography – Waterloo Station

For this assignment we were instructed to ‘take to the streets’. The brief was to find three scenes, situations or locations and to photograph them with a view to building a better shot each time; through positioning oneself differently in  terms of distance, negotiating a better angle or simply playing the waiting game and hoping…

‘At Work’ – “Four Haircuts”

No 1. “Four Haircuts”. This gallery shows a Barbers on Golborne Rd, London. Nothing special about it, but they do a good cheap haircut! The guys are friendly and will tell you about their holidays. This gallery shows work made in repsonse to my first assignment on my Masters course. The brief was to find two…