The Power of Accordion Books in Photography and Storytelling

Skip to making an accordion book When I started using bookbinding to create my own photography books and reflected on the different structures available beyond the basic codex that we are all familiar with, I was surprised that I don’t see many more accordion books. The variations available in the presentation of information make it quite a powerful device. You can use the format to … Continue reading The Power of Accordion Books in Photography and Storytelling

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 Instant Lab? The Polaroid Instant Lab is a device that … Continue reading Impossible Polaroids

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 I think it’s more interesting, and for these tulips I … Continue reading The Unfocused in Photography

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 a lockdown, but not really understanding what that meant. There … Continue reading A Photographic Diary: March 2020

A Few Family Photos from the 1960s & 1970s

Where do you get your love of photography from? I think I get it from my parents. My dad took hundreds of photos of my mum. She was clearly his favourite subject. They met when she was 15, he was 17. I’d love to say they stayed together forever more, but they didn’t; by the time I was two years old they’d split up, so … Continue reading A Few Family Photos from the 1960s & 1970s

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 plan was that they would degrade when exposed to the … Continue reading Ageing Photos on Plaster

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 into the cloisters or buy trinkets in the shop, other … Continue reading Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire

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 of contrast to deal with. The second time it was … Continue reading Highgate Cemetery, London

Flowers on Fuji Colour Film

A Photographic Subject to Explore These images were taken with a Canon EOS 300 using Fuji colour film at Kingston Lacy NT in Wimborne, late summer 2018. This gallery contains a mix of film scans and photo scans and so the quality is variable and you can see there are some white lines and haze in some of the images which I think are the … Continue reading Flowers on Fuji Colour Film

Slide Film from London, 2001

These were taken on a Canon EOS 300 in about 2001, on cheap Boots Colour Slide film. They were scanned quite a long time ago on an Epson flatbed scanner. They scanned quite dark, but I’m guessing slide film would do that because they were meant to be backlit. These images represent some of my very early work, when I was just starting to get … Continue reading Slide Film from London, 2001