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Thrill Seeker

March 28th, 2020

 For me, the thrill in photography is chasing that unusual subject, composing it in the viewfinder, and pressing the shutter. I also get excitement from first seeing my images on the monitor, as I did in the past with film, seeing my prints ... 

Lazing on a Sunday Morning

March 9th, 2020

As one does, I was walking through a local industrial estate one Sunday morning when I came across this brightly painted building which really appealed to me. I found it a really stark contrast to the generally dull and dreary surrounding, and th... 

Be Patient

March 1st, 2020

Sometimes patience is required to get the image you are looking for. Whilst it may look like this boy is a solitary soul, in fact this bridge was extremely busy as it was in the heat of summer in tourist location. It took 125 shots over a 2 hour pe... 

Those of you who have followed for any length of time will know that for many years my specialism has been minimalist urban photography. It is only in more recent times that my attention has been more focussed on a style which probably is best descri... 

Mad Dogs and Englishmen

February 15th, 2020

I would never make a good landscape photographer. Not because I don't have a good eye for it, but to get the best photographs more often than not requires getting up at stupid-o-clock to catch the morning sun. As an urban photographer I can take my... 

The Urban Lone Tree

February 10th, 2020

In my minimalist photography I go out of my way to avoid street furniture such as lamp posts and overhead cables, as the detract from the simplicity I desire. In some cities, whilst trees are pleasing to the eye, and give a break to the otherwise sta... 


February 8th, 2020

Positioning to get the right image is one of the more challenging parts of urban photography. Stand too close and lens distortion may be a problem. Stand too far away and irritating distractions such as lamp posts or trees get in the way. For this im... 

Mondrian Woz 'ere

February 5th, 2020

Sometimes the elements just come together. When was trying to take a photograph of this wall which had been partially overpainted, I was moving around trying to find a position to avoid the cable. Suddenly the sun came out and cast a shadow of the ca... 

Blur in photos can be good

February 2nd, 2020

This image was created by the widely used photographic technique of long exposure. This technique is commonly used at night time to show light trails of stars or car lights, and normally requires a tripod to maintain sharpness. Here the technique has... 

Douar Erha

February 1st, 2020

Whilst a recent holiday to Morocco was mainly about chilling out with my wife, I did find time to practice my new found love of New Topographics photography. Our hotel was next to a village called Douar Erha, just south of Marrakech. Being in an area... 

Capture the Moment

January 27th, 2020

 Urban photography is often about capturing the moment. I came across this scene in early afternoon where workers had obviously vacated their chairs and returned to their offices after enjoying their lunchtime in the warm sunshine. This left th... 

Paradise and a 10ft Fence Post

January 25th, 2020

This image was taken at the end of a 5 day visit to Joao Pessoa in Brazil. Although it is a working visit, I was able to find some time to get out and about with my camera. During my stay, my inspiration for photography came from the long stretches o... 

Looking down on your subjects

January 22nd, 2020

It is amazing just how much there is around us that provides a suitable photographic subject that most people seem oblivious to.  As an urban photographer I spend quite a lot of time scanning my environment for abstract subjects, even when I don't h... 

Minimalism and Shadows

January 20th, 2020

By the very nature of photography, highlights and shadows are an integral feature in most genres of the art. In minimal photography, shadows can be used to very good effect as the subject of the image. In the above example, detail can still be quite ... 


January 18th, 2020

Walk around any large city or town these days and you are likely to find buildings faced predominantly with reflective glass. I find these buildings an excellent canvas for abstract photography, and over the last couple of years have built up a serie... 

Minimalism is like Marmite

January 17th, 2020

Marmite is a famous British branded yeast extract spread. It has lovers and haters, and not much in between. The manufacturers even use this love/hate relationship as a feature of their advertising. I find a similar love/hate standpoint toward minima...