Category Archives: Urban Landscape

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.

Brutalist Classics


A walk yesterday with Alys Fowler, taking in a few Brutalist Architecture classics.  Starting at the infamous Erno Goldfinger building, the Trellick Tower, following the Regent’s Canal to Regent’s Park and the Royal College of Physicians, then on to The Barbican. I have been to the Barbican many times, but I never knew there was a temperate green house, the Conservatory, which is open to the public. Apparently the second largest in London, it is powered by the residual heat from all of the domestic underfloor heating. Open only on Sunday’s, but we obviously went in through the out door!  

Trellick Tower

From the archive – 1958 Ford Thunderbird


Probably from around 1986 or 1987 for Classic and Sportscar Magazine, a 1958 Ford Thunderbird, sponsored by Schlitz Beer. The boat image was from the roof of a boathouse along Putney Embankment. I can’t remember which one, but I think we paid £30 for the hire of the boat for one hour. Probably a bargain now. And the three cars outside the Elephant on the River were on double yellow lines. Inevitably the police turned up, but as they liked the cars, they just told us to be careful of traffic and left us to it. They were friendlier then, no […]

The River Brent


I’ve walked along stretches of the River Brent and Grand Union Canal for many years, often as a convenient place to test cameras, equipment and new films. In 2009 I took some test shots for the Garden Photographer of the Year Competition. Since then, I have added to these whilst on walks, sometimes with friends, sometimes solo.  Not originally a planned project, it has evolved into one, following the course of the river from its humble source, not much more than a drainage channel, to joining the Thames at Brentford. The full set can be seen in the projects section […]

Wharncliffe Viaduct over River Brent in Brent Lodge Park

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.

Butler’s Wharf, 1985


From the archives, probably 1985, these shots were from a car shoot recce. I was after an area large enough to accommodate four or five cars and vividly remember cursing this wrecked Citröen 2CV for being in the way. In the background there is the original Butler’s Wharf building. The camera position is where the newer Butler’s Wharf apartments now stand.

Citröen 2CV, Butler's Wharf, 1985

Concertina book


Always a bit nervous folding nearly 3 metres of paper! I made the first of these concertina books in 2014, illustrating the Wordsworth poem “Upon Westminster Bridge”. (Top left). This was a one off. I made three more recently, this time illustrating another Wordsworth poem, “Remembrance of Collins” (Top right). Both are linked to the Thames, and are part of evolving photo ideas with connections to the river.

Finished concertina book