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Where Does Urbanity End and Nature Begin?

The story of photography is a concept I think that is very interesting for all photographers. The ever-changing styles, technologies and history associated with photography is really quite in depth. So, anything that expands the narrative of this pioneering story is something worth thinking about. The Dulwich Picture gallery are currently exhibiting their first major photography exhibition and at this exhibition, we are able to follow the story of photography from the 1840s to today; through a photographers most constant companion – nature. “Nature is a constant, and there’s a reason that artists through the centuries have always returned to… Read more

Dogs Waiting – But Not For Too Long!

Certainly lockdown has caused many changes in people’s lives and it seems that dogs have been one of the major additions that  many people have succumbed to, and sadly not all for the best. Nearly every day now we are reading stories about lockdown puppies being already abandoned as people just really don’t understand the commitment they’ve taken. So seemed an appropriate time for my ‘Dogs Waiting’ gallery.               We’ve all seen them. Nervous and apprehensive dogs tied up outside stores etc, that they’re not allowed inside of. These are mainly, but not entirely,… Read more

Time To Get In The Campervan & Drive!

There is so much news and constant talk of when will we be completely back to normal, whatever that means but quite honestly I think we would all do well to just keep sensible and aware and pretty much carry on as we are for the moment! As much as I’d like to travel I think anyone booking a trip abroad is taking a risk so I’ve just ordered a campervan and to be honest I can’t wait to get behind the wheel and explore this new travel adventure, just a little closer to home! As a photojournalist who has… Read more

Let’s Celebrate ‘Down By The Lake’

At a time when we’re all keen to get our world back on track it is so refreshing to look at moments captured in photography of people having fun and enjoying the freedom and beauty that surrounds us and daring to dream and even plan about  those holiday destinations. Where we can travel, who with, what jabs, what forms etc all seems a little complicated these days but there is hope and there are possibilities and I for one can’t wait to get back out there, to not only enjoy but to photograph and capture these moments and destinations. There’s… Read more

WHAT DID YOUR LOCKDOWN FRIENDS LOOK LIKE?

Ahhh lockdown, it has been a rollercoaster to say the least. The ups and downs, the not knowing when things will return to usual, the loneliness – let’s just say it’s been challenging!  For most of us our lockdown friends were few and far between. Recently though I realised there were other lockdown friends in my life, that were also important – objects we’ve interacted with on a daily basis, inanimate objects we may have taken for granted before but now appreciated and I believe there’s some comfort in that. Like everyone, I had nowhere to go amidst the recent… Read more

Can Portrait Photography & Portrait Art Compare?

Portrait photography has always fascinated me as a photographer who has travelled the world and seen so many different faces, each telling a different story and all of interest to me and my camera. I don’t agree with photographers that say you need to spend a couple of months with some obscure nomadic people to get images with feeling. I want to feel them but also to be alienated from them. Of course I am always charming, but I’ll never blend in no matter how much I try and my vision is much clearer in the first few hours and… Read more

PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE – BBC FOUR & I PLAYER

Photography often seems to get second rating in the art world but I think things may be slowly moving forward in the right direction. Finally the BBC are bringing out a photography talent series on TV, quite a rare thing, with the Great British Photography Challenge and I have to say, I’m quite looking forward to it! The series will be mentored by the renowned portrait photographer John Rankin, founder of Dazed magazine back in the day and he is one of our great photographer’s. Rankin’s work has captured a multitude of celebrities, from Kate Moss to The Rolling Stones… Read more

Waiting For India To Be Back On Track

It is heart breaking to see the hardship India is faced with during these difficult times and having visited the country myself, I fully appreciated how India is a country full of such vibrancy and history, bursting with culture, which is why I have several galleries dedicated to it. I hope these collections can tell a story to those who haven’t been lucky enough to visit and hope that the country will be through this very difficult time as soon as possible, so everyone can get a chance to experience the wonders of India very soon. During my visit I… Read more

The Silk Road & The Heads of Uzbekistan: Outside is the New Inside

COVID-19…! See, I’ve got your attention, I can’t seem to hold a conversation, watch the TV or listen to the radio without hearing the words; pandemic, lockdown or COVID-19. Now we are well versed with restrictions and what we can and can’t do, as well as things finally opening again, we are starting to find ways around the limitations and photography is no different! The answer to methods of exhibition before we are finally released on 17th May – aside from digitally – is to stick it outside! Just behind King’s Cross Station there is an outdoor travel photography exhibition… Read more

May Day 2021 – Not A Call For Help But A Call For A Bank Holiday Relax

Actually an ancient festival for Spring, it was sort of hijacked at the end of the 18th century for a socialist celebration. Moscow for instance, has a large May Day parade, usually showing off its military power. May Day also had its roots in astronomy, as a point in between the spring equinox and the summer solstice, a time filled with agricultural celebration, where we envisage cattle, spring flowers, the May King’s and Queens’, Morris dancers and of course the great Maypole! In the middle ages all the traditional villages had their Maypoles where towns would hold competitions to see… Read more

Taking The Day Off To Sit Under A Blossom Tree !

As Spring arrives we will all be once again inspired by the beauty of cherry blossom or the Sakura season in Tokyo, which has now officially begun it seems and although the crowds will be smaller no doubt the blossom will be more beautiful than ever The 2021 cherry blossom season has officially begun in Tokyo. Japan is a nation that takes Spring very seriously. In particular, it’s the blossom that they’re into, and more specifically, cherry blossom. In fact, there’s a huge amount of effort that goes into predicting when the first blossoms will arrive. People would take time… Read more

World Earth Day – Let’s Not Turn Our Back on Our Planet But Appreciate With The African Salute!

As a photojournalist who has travelled presently to exactly 100 countries, very much halted obviously in recent times however, I see myself as an art journalist meeting social comments and hopefully helping to record and interpret ordinary life on our planet. So World Earth Day is something that is an important and significant day , I think we should all appreciate and take note of in one way or another. This is our planet and we are responsible, as much as we can be of maintaining it the best we can, so we can continue to appreciate the wonders it… Read more

Online Exhibitions VS Galleries

Finally, the time I’ve been waiting for has come. At long last! I can go to art exhibitions and even exhibit myself again – after months of being limited to online only. Hurrah! During lockdown, us artists and art admirers have been limited to online exhibitions, V&A Zoom talks and photography that exists only on Instagram. Before COVID, I grew tired of exhibiting photography in a frame and hanging it on a wall, but I think now – believe it or not – I’d rather a frame than a screen! So, the time has come when we can welcome physical… Read more

The Promise Of Travel After Lockdown

Now I’m not a socialist, let alone a revolutionary, but I happen to agree with the Castro led revolution in Cuba. It was a country that was used and abused by the USA, who simply ignored the indigenous people, choosing exploitation instead. So you would have thought that it was no surprise that the people rose up against the then puppet government. What happened next might be described as the biggest sulk by a sovereign nation in history. The USA simply said to the rest of the world “that you either deal with us or Cuba”. The result, well Cuba… Read more

Home On The Thames & Boat Race Moments

With more and more things ruined by the wrath of COVID-19, I am compelled to remember the importance of capturing a moment. Photographers are salient, now more than ever. We champion the act of freezing a moment in time, a second of joy or sadness or utter illation. Reminding people today of better times, of the togetherness we crave. Traditions have been foiled this year, Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries – you name it, it’s cancelled. One of the big ones for me is The Boat Race. Sharing its home with me on The Thames, The Boat Race has always given me much pleasure. Such a celebration,… Read more

Digital Cameras In A Digital World

Purist photographers – Don’t Read On! Throughout my life as a photographer, people always ask me (usually photography geeks) what settings I use on my camera, asking about aperture, exposure, contrast, shutter speed and the list goes on. Honestly, I don’t know and I don’t care. We are in a world of digital, so why not take advantage of that? I said goodbye to film a long time ago and never looked back. Yes, I do switch from automatic to manual and change ISO but the most important aspect of my work is documenting what’s in front of me. What’s… Read more

What Does Your Camera See In The English Country Garden?

Spring is finally arriving, a time which I think most of us will be truly grateful for this year – time to get out there and photograph our blooming gardens! As a photographer I am constantly looking and finding more and more angles of the world around me to capture in my photography and not to just translate into photographs but also to incorporate a more texturally unique aspect to my work. I got tired of some of the exhibitions I did where I was printing on standard paper, and putting black frames on, I wanted something more interesting. So… Read more

How To Choose Your Best Photographs – Black & White Photography or Colour?

It is always interesting to see the kind of photographs that capture the news and of course a hovering ship was bound to attract attention!  ‘Hovering ship’ photographed off Cornish coast by walker – BBC News – This image occurred due to ‘special atmospheric conditions that bend light’ and a great fun image that Mr Morris captured, querky and a unique moment indeed and capturing moments that are reproduced in photography are always exciting. This is what I love about photography, that we can capture the unexpected and instantly share, whether this is due to unusual atmospheric conditions or indeed… Read more

Evolving As A Photographer

To be honest, I am a photographer who is mostly influenced by my surroundings, my vision and generally what catches my eye. Having evolved over the years I really now don’t refer to other photographers work, however in the early days there were some photographers who probably did influence my photographic interests and whose work I do still admire. The first was the illustrative photographer Jon Davision, a Kiwi living in Oxford at the time. He got me back into photography after I’d had a short break. His work has diversified over the years and he is now an impressive… Read more

The Power of Photography- Speaking Without Words

When we think about communication, most people think of words. Speaking, talking, perhaps writing; these are the methods that come to mind. Yet, as a photographer I know there are ways beyond language to communicate, that can speak a thousand words in a second! How to speak without words and tell a story with silence, photography is a true anomaly in communication. Whilst soundless and motionless a great photograph speaks volumes. The talented photographer can capture movement, feeling and emotion in a singular snap. Vision, lens and intuition speak volumes. As a photojournalist who has travelled extensively across the world,… Read more

My Top Tips To Be The Best Photographer You Can Be

Following on from my Riverside Radio feature….. Also listen out for my Riverside Radio ArtsWatch feature coming up soon! Top Tips To Be The Best Photographer 1) You see with your brain, not your camera, so noticing things is good…anything 2) Don’t keep your camera at the bottom of a bag that you have to stop and hunt through and then give up ! Keep it in easy reach. 3) The more you photograph the better you get. I’m afraid it’s that simple. 4) Don’t be put off by what some amazing professional photographers take. Do what you think is… Read more

The age of Femininity, Men, Flowers & Frills

In 2020 the world fell in love with feminine men. Pop icons like Harry Styles brought a new meaning to the word ‘handsome’. Controversial Vogue cover by Tyler Mitchell, for December 2020 saw fan favourite and ex-One Direction star donning a rather frilly dress. Love it or hate it, the cover photograph certainly made its mark; sparking the heated debate of men and femininity. Many criticised, chastised and shamed Styles for his feminine dress while others called it revolutionary, radical and ravishing. Like it or not the age of femininity is well and truly on its way. Teen-icon Harry Styles… Read more

How Does A Photograph Stand Out In A World Of ‘Photographers – Can I Help You To Be Unique ?

In a world where cameras are at our fingertips, many tucked away in our pockets at all times, just how does a photograph remain unique and innovating? Anyone can take a photo, perhaps not a good one, but with the wonders of modern technology the means to do so are widely available to all, some may say this accessibility has meant a loss in authenticity to the world of photography? Whilst indeed anyone can take a photo, not everyone can capture the magic of a moment. A photograph is more than the snapping of an iPhone camera, it is the… Read more