Monthly Archives: January 2016

Sundown by the Thames

Photographs rarely simply record a scene – the composition and focus selected by the photographer guide our eyes, and help to tell a story or ask a question about what we are looking at. Today’s image in some ways subverts … Continue reading

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A distant barn

I tend not to do a huge amount of post-production editing on my images.  It’s not that I’m somehow opposed to such things, it’s just a choice.  But occasionally I throw caution to the wind and push the boundaries of … Continue reading

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House through trees

St Paul’s Walden Bury was the Queen Mother’s childhood home, and the gardens were also one of the first places I was privileged to shoot when I left the civil service to become a photographer.  I have always loved this … Continue reading

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Paris Street

Incongruity was what struck me about today’s picture, taken on the streets of Paris in spring a couple of years back.  On the one hand, it is instantly recognisable as the French capital from the building style, the trees and … Continue reading

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Dusty bottles

I took this picture in a museum in upstate New York back in 2009, although to my shame I can’t remember exactly where I shot it.  The things which people discard, the detritus of day-to-day life, can be just as … Continue reading

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Flower head

Whilst out over the weekend leading a photography tour in London, I was struck as many others have been by just how many flowers are coming into bloom.  There’s blossom on some of the trees, and in places not only … Continue reading

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Imperfect beauty

I learned a new term yesterday, thanks to my good friend Scott in New York, who commented on yesterday’s image and introduced me to the Japanese phrase wabi-sabi.  According to Wikipedia, this refers to an aesthetic of beauty which is … Continue reading

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Reflecting windows

At first glance, today’s image looks very neat and symmetrical, but on careful examination it’s full of untidy disruptions to that sense of order.  One of the columns of windows sits slightly recessed from the others, carving a deeper line … Continue reading

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In the centre of Amiens

This dramatic war memorial is in the centre of one of my favourite French cities – Amiens – which I am lucky enough to visit quite frequently when leading First World War battlefield tours.  I find the imposing scale of … Continue reading

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Misty landscape

I spent New Year in Dorset, much of the time amidst driving rain and strong winds, though thankfully not nearly as serious as the devastating weather which has affected other parts of the country.  It was certainly not peaceful weather, … Continue reading

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