23 November 2018
Trees. Interlaken. 1981
I was hitching through Europe in March, plenty of new images to capture. In Switzerland it was still winter and I loved the way the pollarded trees were etched against the snow with the three figures just right. This was another shot taken on my tiny 110 camera.
15 November 2018
Harrow Road. London 1980
This was the first photo I had published. I was across the street near the Westway, saw this old man about to start his delivery of milk with his bike. For the first 25 of its existence the shot was a hard-to-believe reminder of a world long gone. Since then the resurgence of delivery bicycles and delivery trailers has made it seem less bizarre, almost a normal part of central London life. Cupcakes instead of milk, hipster instead of old bloke, but essentially the same.
I used a tiny, much derided 110 camera for this shot.
October 4th 2018
A pool in the Rainforest. New South Wales
I often try to take context out of a shot, leaving features recognisable [water, ferns tree trunks etc] but making their relationship to each other unclear [achieved here by light reflected in water].
This shot was in a small piece of rainforest off the Sydney to Melbourne coastal highway. I am not sure how good a shot it is. Sometimes time to get to know the image, coupled with feedback from viewers will help me decide.
September 20th 2018
Sydney Opera House, Australia
Getting a shot of a world famous location that is not stale is not easy. I liked the arrangement of strangers in this shot, the brooding sky helped, and I just wanted a piece of the Opera House roof to give the context.
September 13th 2018
This shot was taken from Yarra Bends, an elevated area above the Yarra river. I saw the house in the foreground, the city in the background and the strange light. It was one of those shots that can look potentially great, then disappoint once looked at on the screen. If anything the light came through even better once I looked at the image. It really is very strange, hyper-real yet totally undoctored. Just one of those lucky shots.
August 16th 2018
The Road to Newthorpe
I continue to photograph the badlands, trying to capture what Elmet is to me. This lane seemed amazingly atmospheric to me, especially as it is such a non-dramatic landscape. That is the whole essence of the place, an intangible feel.
The road goes from Sherburn to a dead end and then some footpaths that get submerged in woodland. The brooding sky helps to depict what is so hard to describe.
August 13th 2018
Clissold Park. Hackney. London 1981
Taken at the Funk The Royal Wedding gig which was an alternative celebration. Always on the look out for a good angle and a different perspective.
July 12th 2018
Needle Eye Forest - North York Moors
Taken lying down on the quiet, dry forest floor looking up to the sky through the thick pine forest. The aim is to de-contextualise the shot so that it can be seen as an image abstracted from the familiar landscape, a pattern rather than a literal representation.
July 5th 2018
The Woods at Swin Dale - Yorkshire Wolds
Step aside from the open dry valley of Swin Dale and this strange thicket will engulf you. It feels a mystical place. Only a recent plantation but such a contrast to the bare grass slopes and scrub of much of the Wolds.
I have not been back since taking this shot; part of me imagines that it will not be easy to find. I like the idea of places that cannot be found again.
June 7th 2018
Worm Dale - Yorkshire Wolds
Another shot that will be on display at my Wolds show that opens in one weeks time at Pocklington Arts Centre.
Another technique that I have used in the Wolds is to shoot from down in the valley up to the edge of the Wold above. This allows hedges and trees to assume a dramatic sense of overlooking the land below. A sketchy hawthorne hedge can take on a Birnam Wood feel, trees can appear as sentinels guarding the slacks.
This shot is of a typical dry valley slack (a Nordic word for valley) that forms part of a complex systems of valleys near Thixendale.
May 31st 2018
Wan Dale - Yorkshire Wolds
Ahead of my Wolds show at Pocklington Arts Centre, see News tab, here is one of the shots that I'll be showing. Wan dale is public access land decreed by the Right to Roam. The two valleys of Wan Dale south west of Fimber were off limits prior to 2000. For access to an area so rich in archaeology and lonely beauty to be now gifted to us is quite something.
May 24th 2018
Cotton Grass - Thorne Moor
Thorne Moor is part of the Humberhead Peatlands, stretching north from Doncaster to the Humber. It is the most amazing, empty, beautiful place I know. Last week I saw a Crane and Hobbies flying there, walked for five hours and saw one other human. The cotton grass was out in force, giving me this shot. As it is a new shot it will take me a while to decide whether it is a runner or not, but for the moment I like it.
May 17th 2018
Taken at Settrington in the Yorkshire Wolds. This screen of trees high on the chalk escarpment of the Wolds caught my eye with its stark vertical form. The landscape can be seen through the screen – vague yet enticing. The colours of the fields below and the sky above, glimpsed as they penetrate the screen, give a series of horizontal bands that conflict with the monochromatic vertical bands created by the trees. An image that is obvious and just a little ambiguous at the same time.
This image has proved one of the most popular. Looks good on a chimney breast.
May 10th 2018
Pool at Bishop Wood
This is another image from what will become the Elmet/Doncaster Badlands series. Bishop Wood dates back to when the Archbishop of York lived at nearby Cawood on the Ouse, from the 12th century on. Now the wood has a nicely sub-rural feel, with caravan parks, lovely woodland and high-speed rail lines stitching it together all of a piece. This pool of water was doing its best to reflect the winter woodland around it. I exhibited it at York Open Studios and it got a far better reception than I had thought that it would; people really liked it.