Category Archives: Travel

IGPOTY at The Photography Show, 2014


I received a copy of the International Garden Photographer of the Year ‘Collection Seven’ book yesterday. With the judges final choices for 2014, it is a beautiful presentation of work, especially for those whose images are represented.   A list of all the judges. I really enjoyed meeting so many people over the two days I spent at The Photography Show as part of the IGPOTY programme of events. I lost count how many portfolio critiques I gave, but I saw many lovely images. For anyone thinking of entering next year, I’ll repeat the main point of the talks I […]

IGPOTY 2014, Collection Seven

Gibraltar – 21.8.13


Thanks to British Airways overbooking my homeward bound flight this summer, I had an extra day’s holiday in Gibraltar at their expense, which was jolly nice of them. This gave me the opportunity for a bit of sight-seeing and exploring. I have been once before, but here is a gallery of the latest images. (Click on thumbnails to bring up full size gallery).

Tourists with Barbary Ape, Gibraltar

Barry Island, 1980.


Barry Island, 1980. I saw a blog post about Barry Island last year. In South Wales, it was home of the largest train scrapyard in the UK. Curiosity led to search through some ancient ring binders containing 35mm slides taken as a student. I found a small set of images from a walk, probably in 1980. This made me 19 years old. Yikes! On the side of one of the trains was a hand painted note, “Do not remove parts – for Plym Valley Railway”. I would love to know if the Plym Valley Railway ever took delivery of this […]

Barry Island train scrapyard, 1980

60 minutes – Stratford, 22nd September


These photographs were taken on two short walks I went on recently around the Olympic Stadium, and to the south in the Lea Valley. The second visit was part of the London Open House Weekend, where organizers were expecting around 20 walkers. But as over 150 turned up,  it must be of particular interest to a lot of people!. It was fascinating to see such a vast area of either derelict or unused land. At the moment,  developement appears in relatively small pockets, but hopefully its status as a Green Enterprise District will see the area transformed.       […]

Sky gazing


As I spent many years chasing rainbows, sunsets, moonrises or any kind of moody excitement happening in the sky whilst on car shoots, I acquired the knickname ‘The Prince of Darkness’. A couple of jornalists in particular knew that if they came out with me, they would always miss their tea. Sorry guys!. Old habits die hard. But here are some shots for you, without tin boxes!. I found these photographs whilst searching for something else this afternoon. Taken a couple of years ago, they illustrate the spectacular cloud formations that can occur at certain times of the year on […]

60 minutes – Ashton Court, Bristol, 8th July


I lived in Bristol for around 12 months through 1983-4, during the last few terms of college. Planning to start a business with an art student friend, much time was spent cycling around the city, discussing photography, graphics and taking photographs. The business bit never happened in the end, as I ended up getting a job as a staff photographer on the car magazines at Haymarket Publishing, and moved back to London. But I still have an affinity with the place. Last weekend, after a very enjoyable evening at Lia and Juliet’s supper club, I had the opportunity to walk […]

Ashton Court, Bristol