'DOUBT IS BROTHER DEMON TO DESPAIR. THE DEMONS THEY DOUBT WITH US THOSE WHO DARE NOT DARE.'
A small collection of Landscape photographs. I'm lucky, I live in a beautiful part of England and my job allows me travel, so I have the opportunity to see a lot the British Isles and its wonderful country.
The Fen country can be extremely beautiful and here the setting sun spills a bronze light across this sinuous road leading into the dying light.
The flat Cambridge Fen with its wide vistas and long winding roads, occasionally punctuated by trees and hedges.
December Morning, Wales
The Conwy River valley near Tal-y-Cafn
Hope Valley, Derbyshire.
The first autumn mists.
Hope Valley, Derbyshire
Bathed in Golden Morning Light
Looking over Great Longstone
Peaktor Lane Copse - High Peak District, Derbyshire
What can I say? These are people I have encountered by chance, noticed across a crowded street or just passed on the way to some appointment or meeting. Most of them have been taken in Edinburgh during the Fringe when the roads and closes of that fantastic city are packed with bright, memorable and amazing people.
Bec Hogan - Performance Artist
Mika - Actor, Singer, Director and Producer
A Maori Warrior in Edinburgh
A Tudor Child
A member of the Tudor Reenactment Group
Theatre Performer - Edinburgh
Royal Mile, Edinburgh. One of the many actors promoting their show.
'Triumph of The Will' - Lewis Schaffer
Lewis Schaffer, a very, very funny and clever man.
Actor - Edinburgh Fringe
Puppet - Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Lewis Schaffer - Stand Up Comedian & Actor
Iulia Benze (AKA 'Bubble') - Performance Artist and Actor
Actor - Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Yuka Matsuyama from 'The Gate'
Mika Haka - 100%
Shot in Edinburgh, manipulated in Lightroom and Photoshop.
Architecture & Features
The physical frameworks, the historical and contemporary structures which surround us have a profound and far reaching impact on our lives and outlook. Architecture influences our mood, our disposition our attitudes. Often and frequently we take it for granted and only become aware of it consciously when it is new or something changes. Photographing architecture is not just about recording and documenting buildings it is about trying to distil some of their hidden influence. It's about understanding and recognising what a building contributes or hides.
One of the largest wood domes built.
The Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
The modern and beautifully designed extension to the Royal Museum in Edinburgh
The New Steps
The New Steps leading down from St Giles Street to Market STreet in Edinburgh, Scotland
The Royal National Museum of Scotland
Looking through the choir towards the presbytery and alter.
Wells Cathedral - Central Nave
Wells Cathedral which escaped many of the ravages of the reformation is an incredible example or medieval architecture. The visually stunning scissor arches and the creativity and problem solving skills of the masons building on wet marsh land is a testament to their skills and abilities. In the month of January the chairs which usually fill the central nave are removed and for a short period of time the interior is returned to what its first incumbents would have experienced.
Egger Steam Chimney - Hexham
That's steam and lots of it, pouring out of Egger Ltd's steam chimney. I was lucky that morning the sun was perfectly framed behind the plume.
Venice Carnival - Once a year ‘the masks’ arrive from all around the world to gather in the Piazza San Marco. A years dedicated work will have gone into some of the costumes and they are quite breath taking, a photographer’s dream.
In this fabled watery capital, once the mightiest republic in the world the carnival, an outrageous celebration which reached its zenith in the 18th Century revels in its history and culture. Although Venice has been sinking into the mud and ooze of the lagoon since its first inhabitants swam out into its waters to escape the ravages of Attila, during Carnival it rises again majestic and defiant. Go to Venice once and you will return. Go to Venice during Carnival and you will never escape.
Trying to reflect the essence of a performance in a photograph is challenging to say the very least. A performance might cover a myriad of states and emotions and picture captures a sliver of a microsecond. But sometimes you get lucky, something comes through in the picture that communicates and transmits some of the performer's energy and personality. When that happens it is immensely pleasing.
Roy Shipton ~ Actor
Performance in 'Consequences, at CHADS Theatre Company.
John Reid - Pianist for Los Nacimientos
Anton Adasinsky in 'LAST CLOWN ON EARTH'
Edinburgh Fringe ~ 2018
Since childhood I have loved the supernatural stories of M R James, the Cambridge Don who turned the genre of ghost stories into something very special, a unique, terrifying art form.
Subtlety was the key; the glimpse, the shadow, the inference of something terrible and horrifying rather than coarse and crude descriptions. His work has strongly influenced my own photography. I am constantly trying to catch that glimmer of the other world, always trying to see beyond that grey and impenetrable veil.
'Oh Whistle, And I'll Come To You My Lad' ~ M R James
M R James wrote a wonderful story called 'Oh Whistle, And I'll Come To You My Lad' - It involves an entity which is awakened appearing to possess no substance other than the bed sheets from which it rises, the classic (or rather clichéd) image of a ghost. I think I've captured something of that 'pleasing terror' I get from his stories.
The Misty Road to Matlock
It was Halloween and the mist that morning could not have been more eerie.
Hemingford Grey ~ Cambridgeshire
The surreal and eerie landscape of the Cambridge Fens can be unsettling and disturbing.
For me this is a faintly disturbing photograph, the resting cold marble figure of the child lends an eerie tone to the scene.
(Memorial located in Haddon Hall, High Peak District, Derbyshire, England.)
The Ventriliquist's Doll
Ever since seeing Michael Redgrave in that classic British 1945 black and white horror film: Dead of Night I have always been wary of Ventriloquists and their dummies. This photograph I think captures some of that disquiet.
Light and Shade
Wardsend Cemetery, Sheffield.
On Visiting an Abandoned Graveyard
When was it? I cannot tell? That last moment you were remembered? The last moment before you were forgotten And shadows fell like rain
When was your name called for the final time? When you were not there to answer Who was the last person to say goodbye? Who then turned away never to look back?
When did the ivy begin to grow? Over how many years and decades? Until mouldering green, you were lost The remembrances ironically unremembered Gone as well as forgotten then
This little time we have, to end like this? In fettered ranks and back to back With funeral urns and jam jars filled with plastic flowers No ticket here for paradise the price too high by half
If you had known this was journeys end What other path would you have taken? What other route would you have followed? No wonder Gods are called upon To stem a culling tide
So I will not come here again I trespass in your sleep But soon enough this autumn world awaits And life as they say is for the living
'A Warning To The Curious' ~ M R James
'Our visitor - his name was Paxton - was in a worse state of shivers than before, and went hurriedly into the room, and beckoned us after him, turned on the light, and shut the door carefully. Then he unlocked his kit-bag, and produced a bundle of clean pocket-handkerchiefs in which something was wrapped, laid it on the bed, and undid it. I can now say I have seen an actual Anglo-Saxon crown. It was of silver - as the Rendlesham one is always said to have been - '
In Memorium -
Edensor Church in the High Peak District contains a rather disturbing representation of death. Of course, it awaits us all.
Gardens & Flowers
Edwin Smith was in my opinion the finest garden photographer who has ever lived. His ability to capture the spirit of a place or its simple beauty was exceptional and unbelievable almost always in black and white. Of all the photographers I know he has been the most influential on me. He has both inspired and entertained with all his work. Everything here is a tribute to his work and its impact on me.
Lea Gardens, Lea, Near Matlock Bath, Derbyshire
Lilly of the Valley
Haddon Hall, Bakewell, Derbyshire
The first day of summer and already, they begin to fade and fall.
The attractive spherical nature of these flowers always makes them a favourite subject.
In bright sunshine they just scream 'look at me'.
Looking like it it's suspended in mid air, the value of a 2.8 lens is revelaved.
A Yellow Rose
The rose, an emblem of love and an enigmatic symbol of beauty.
Dancers create a unique energy when they perform. They do something more than acting, they develop a space around them which is charged with physicality and emotion. They envelope the space in which they perform with exuberance or pathos and emotion.
Jane Krantz performing in 'La Chica de Rojo'
Brandon Lawrence, Birmingham Royal Ballet's leading dancer performing in a choreographed piece by Susana B. Williams
Jo Gjertson Frederiksen performing in 'Cortege'
Carlo Massari of C&C’s Dance Company performing in Tristissimo
The Crossing Place - Romantika
'Skin' 201 Dance Company
Magdalena Mannion of the DotDotDot Dance Company performing in Los Nacimientos
Part of the Buxton Festival
Virtuosity - JSLN Dance Company
Hsiu-Ting Chang performing in 'Meet Up Yang Gui Fei Split Away from Tang Dynasty'
Romina Nuñez performing ' 'Efimera'
Leanne Rinelli performing in 'Singular Moments Of Unravelling Truth'
A stunning performance of incredible subtlety and endurance.
A dancer in motion.
Visually stunning Indian dancers performing at the Edinburgh Fringe.