The river and the boat
03 Feb 2021
I take a daily walk along the river and usually take photographs from the same spot. Obsessive, perhaps. But I am trying to learn about light. The river is tidal so the volume of water and the breadth of the river change all the time. Add in the variations in…
17 Jan 2021
I’ve been photographing the local river a lot over the past 12 months. Surprise, surprise, the really blue photos are taken in winter, which is one of the amazing aspects of Irish weather. We can get wet, foggy, windy winters but when the sun shines it is truly blue.
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…