Travels with my iPhone
19 Nov 2020
I’ve been wondering for a while if I could work more with my iPhone as a camera of choice. These are all taken with the iPhone. Of course, given that they are taken in Tuscany, they begin with the inestimable advantage of beautiful scenery. But I am not much of…
Chaos in different colours
13 Sep 2020
Some days I like to think of flowers as sheer chaos, a strange term perhaps. There is no way I could have arranged these and in truth, it wouldn’t matter how they fell into the shape they are in. They just exude life.
The idealisation of flowers doesn’t suit my…
Training in black and white printing
06 Aug 2020
I like all the stages of photography as art. From seeking out interesting characters among flowers, taking the photograph, editing and then printing. But I have spent the past three weeks improving my printing skills in the company of Richard Boutwell at Black and White Mastery
It surprises some people…
Improving my black and whites
21 Jun 2020
I had quite a day today, improving my black and white editing skills and dealing with some fabulous paper.
It’s only recently been clear to me how important the choice of paper and printing skills can be.
We tend to think, buy a good enough printer and that side of…
Flower Workers of the World
02 Jun 2020
The flower industry is huge but it is one of those that flies under the radar. We don’t think of it as a global industry but that’s what it is. China currently has a flower industry worth in excess of $ 20 billion annually (up from close to zero twenty…
The Beauty of Imperfection
30 May 2020
I had the lucky opportunity earlier to stumble on a great floral photography website on Instagram. The flowers were generally set against a dark background and the photographer had them beautifully well lit.
I was looking at it and thinking I could never do that. But not in a negative…
Getting Ranunculus Right
28 May 2020
I’ve spent an age trying to get a photo of Ranunculus to work properly. I have dozens, if not hundreds, but they all look exactly like the flower that was in front of me when I pressed the shutter. They didn’t express anything of what I felt when I look…
Summer Flowers and COVID Rights
23 May 2020
We’re all on the cusp of big changes because of COVID. Equally we wish COVID had never happened. The change I want to make in my life is to let more emotion in and maybe push a little more out there.
I’ve been working relentlessly for 40 years now and…
April and May Lilies Mean I Wake Up to Beauty Every Day
18 May 2020
April and May have been incredible for me, waking up every day to lilies that are closed to the world and lilies that are opening up. I’ve been busy photographing them every day. I prefer to photograph in natural light but lilies being white are very reflective at most times…
When Flowers Fight Against the Dark
02 Apr 2020
Most of the photographs I take illustrate relationships between flowers as they decay. I find it moving.
In this case I re-edited the picture after losing a very important relationship. I brought out a lot more of the detail not because I wanted to improve the appearance but because I…