Category Archives: photography

From Holmes to Sherlock by Mattias Boström


A new book cover using one of my photographs, via Millennium Images. Published by Grove Atlantic, Mattias Boström examines the story from its origins with a young Arthur Conan Doyle, through to the TV series with Benedict Cumberbatch. The image was taken near Battersea on the Thames footpath..not sure if there’s a connection.

Little Britain, EC1A in 1985


From two rolls of 35mm Kodak Tri X shot in 1985. More reference shots whilst searching for a car location in the City, near the Museum of London. This street,  Little Britain, was boarded up, ready for demolition. I can’t remember why, but the location was never used in the end.            

Cross Keys Square, City of London, c1985. Derelict buildings prior to demolition.

From the archives, 1986


One of those moments when you’re sitting around the office wondering how to illustrate a tame article about car lights, when someone says, “I know….”. Probably from 1986. We tried to do this in Notting Hill, but were accosted twice by drug dealers, and got spooked. So we ended up in Bermondsey, where a local resident called the police, thinking we were shooting something a bit more hardcore. When they arrived it was quite obvious they weren’t there to ask us to move…they wanted to watch. And were sadly disappointed!  

Humber Imperial Saloon

From the archives – 1985-6


Searching for some London shots, I came across this today. Taken I think for Classic and Sportscar in 1985-6. Little caption info is included with the image, but a quick search leads me to believe it is an Amphicar 770, built between 1961 and 1968. Happy to be corrected! Taken in Twickenham by one of the ramps adjacent to Eel Pie Island.  

Amphicar 770 in the Thames in Twickenham, adjacent to Eel Pie Island. Classic and Sportscar, 1985-86

From the archives – 1986


Taken for “What Car Magazine” in Docklands as demolition work was just starting. It was a busy location, as The Smiths were two units along from us filming a video for their song “Ask”. The ‘obstructive geezers’ who are often present at film locations, wouldn’t let me near with my camera. They said Morrisey isn’t here anyway. Which was probably true!    

Diesel Hatchback test, Docklands

The Children’s Garden


It was nice to receive an advanced copy of a book I illustrated last year. Written by Matthew Appleby and published by Frances Lincoln, it goes on sale late February, early March 2016. I think the last book I was involved with was on E-Type Jaguars, so a slight departure!  

The Children's Garden, by Matthew Appleby

Brent River Park


Revisiting part of a walk I completed 12 months ago – through Brent River Park, Hanwell.   Wasn’t sure if this was a memorial or not. Placed on a tree over the River Brent,  there was nothing to suggest why these flowers were there, but it looked quite deliberate.   I have photographed the Wharncliffe Viaduct many times. Wandering around beneath the huge arches is like being in a film set. Maybe ‘Logan’s Run’ …..nature reclaiming a derelict city.    

Dahlias by the River Brent