Barbed

The images from Barbed are part of a continuing series exploring the disconnect I feel from my  environment since moving to Dorset nearly 19 years ago. I used to live on the outskirts of London in a place called Northwood; I suppose the name suggests what the environment was like! I had access to various…

Public Transport in London

A Photographic Subject to Explore Using public transport in London is a matter of course for me. If I won the lottery tomorrow (I haven’t got a ticket so I won’t hold my breath) I would still much rather travel by train than by cab both for the opportunity to people-watch, and to visit some…

A Lonely Poppy on the North Dorset Trailway

A Photographic Diary, July 2019 In case you were hoping for images of fields full of poppies, this post isn’t it. The majority of the field looked like this… But what made me pause mid-cycle, get off my bike and get my iPhone out was this single plant, its petals saturated a deep red because…

Impossible Polaroids

Creating an Impossible Image with Polaroid I’m a big fan of instant film, and of Polaroid in particular. Enjoying creativity over a perfect outcome, Polaroid works well for the type of photography I practice. That’s why I now have several Polaroid cameras, a fridge full of films, and a Polaroid Instant Lab. What is Polaroid…

The Unfocused in Photography

When taking a photograph we usually try to get the subject in focus and consider an image a failure if it’s not. But what about letting go of convention and purposefully making an image where attention is given to the subject because it’s not in focus, or an image where nothing is in focus? Sometimes…

A Photographic Diary: March 2020

iPhone 8+: Kingston Lacy, Dorset March 2020 March 2021 Update: This set of images represent a last trip out before lockdown was introduced in the UK in March 2020. I was looking for signs of spring as a way to feel some hope in the face of pandemic, in the knowledge that there would be…

Ageing Photos on Plaster

If you want a step-by-step on transferring images to plaster see this post. I decided to experiment by transferring some images onto plaster: I printed the images using a laser printer, coated them with acrylic gel, and transferred them onto a plaster surface. I kept them outside on a windowsill during the summer, and my…

Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire

It was visiting Salisbury that originally convinced me that I could live without London; it really is a beautiful place. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve visited the cathedral over the years. Sometimes I’m there as a tourist to take photos, see the Magna Carta, eat in the cafe which spills out…

Highgate Cemetery, London

Highgate Cemetery website If you’re visiting London and you want to escape into a cool, green space while learning something interesting and being somewhere a bit different, Highgate Cemetery is the place to go. I’ve been twice so far. The first time it was a beautiful sunny day; in photography terms this meant a lot…

Notre Dame, Paris

I’ve visited Notre Dame Cathedral three times. The first time I was about 15 years old, and living in a children’s home. We’d been taken on holiday as a group and spent a week in a children’s home in France, a few days at a campsite, and a few days skiing in Switzerland. I remember…

Rasterbator

You can find Rasterbator here. Rasterbator.net is a website that you can use to produce wall art from your photographs. It enlarges your uploaded image for you to print at home on whatever size paper/ printer combination you have. I have access to an A4 colour laser printer which is ideal for this.  You choose how…

What is Flash Sync Speed?

I’m going to show you what flash sync speed is with a little experiment using my Fuji XT2. You can try an experiment like this with any digital camera and it will give you an idea about what type of manual shutter your camera uses, what the sync speed is, and how far you can…