Category Archives: Urban Landscape

River Thames footpath


Rev Richard Coles, presenter on BBC Radio Four’s Saturday Live, once described the plastic bags suspended along the roadside on his drive home as looking like “Unfortunate wraiths snagged in trees”. Sadly a common feature along the River Thames. More ‘wildling’ trees along the Thames footpath near Mortlake. A ‘wildling’ Plane tree growing out of the cobbled embankment along the River Thames between Chiswick and Kew.  

Plastic bag in tree, Mortlake

Coast of Light, March 2018


Some recent photographs from Andalucia in the Coast of Light series. Playa de Los Bateles, Conil de la Frontera, 11.3.18 Conil de la Frontera from Playa de Los Bateles, 11.3.18 Plastic bags on high tide line, El Puerto de Santa Maria, 10.3.18 Beach café, El Puerto de Santa Maria with cycle path, 10.3.18 Straits of Gibraltar, near Tarifa, 12.3.18 Tarifa, Andalucia. Where two seas meet, taken from the same position – 1. Atlantic Ocean 2. Mediterranean Sea, 12.3.18 Shopping mall, Jerez, 10.3.18 Wildling grass in tree – El Puerto de Santa Maria, 10.3.18 Bougainvillea – El Puerto de Santa Maria, 10.3.18 […]

Straits of Gibraltar

Tate Modern


Nice to see Tate Modern using one of my River Thames photos for an event poster. Called Ten Days Six Nights, the event is being held between 16th and 25th March and incorporates performance, film, music and sculpture. The original photograph was taken at Mortlake, towards Kew Rail Bridge.  

Gunnersbury Park


Four new images – 1. Overgrown woodland, Gunnersbury Park 2. Gunnersbury Park – overgrown woodland with fallen trees 3. A bit of three tree weirdness – not sure what the front two are, but the rear is an Elder. According to folklore, if you remove an Elder, you will see the devil. And if you plant one near your house, it will ward the devil off. Get planting folks! 4. As my daughters used to call it….The Scary Tree, Gunnersbury Park. Not sure exactly what type of tree it is. Maybe a corkscrew willow?  

Michael Hobbs


I worked on an allotment series in Richmond for Gardeners’ World magazine between 2008-10.  The adjacent plot was looked after by a very quiet Irishman, Michael Hobbs, who I got to know during my frequent visits. I loved his plot, which was like a 1960’s back garden, complete with gnomes and ornamental frogs, and I frequently left with handfuls of spare fruit, veg or flowers. These unpublished portraits were taken in 2010 after my last visits for GW.