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Here is where images often first appear, before I have had time to develop a Project or Photo Essay to its final stage. It is the place to share some of the material I have been working on at an early stage of the process, together with the experiences around the work. Dive in and see what you find. For a more precise dive, select a category.

Union Jackass

This Sceptred isle

Sony A7R3 : f/6.3@160th : ISO 320 : EV -0.3 : FE 24-105mm f/4 (38mm) “This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall, Or as a moat defensive to […]

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Portobello Market

Hanging out at Portobello Market

Sony A7R3 : f/5.6@640th : ISO 160 : EV -0.7 : FE 24-105mm f/4 (58mm) Continuing on with my Portobello market theme from last summer… I just had to go back to ask these two gentlemen if I could take their portrait and they couldn’t have been friendlier. Ended up chatting about the street photographer Norman McCaskill, who had taken many photos in and around Portobello market in the 1950’s. One of their friends, who was just out of shot […]

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Portobello market

Lady with dog at Portobello Market

Sony A7R3 : f/4.5@80th : ISO 100 : EV 0.0 : FE 24-105mm f/4 (77mm) Continuing on with my Portobello market theme… I’ve passed this lady many times over the years and finally I plucked up the courage to ask her if I could take her portrait. I’m sure I wasn’t the first and won’t be the last; she has quite the look and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. Even the dog had his pose all worked […]

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Portobello market

Stall Holder at Portobello Market

Sony A7R3 : f/5@250th : ISO 1000 : EV 0.0 : FE 24-105mm f/4 (59mm) Portobello market and the surrounding area has been part of my London life since I first moved here in my late teens and lived in a grotty flat overlooking Notting Hill Gate back in the 80’s. It has always been different from the rest of the city and some of my more formative memories have been around here. Coming back after twenty years living in […]

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Love hearts

PotD: Love is in the ‘air…

Sony A7R3 : f/4.5@160th : ISO 3200 : EV 0.0 : FE 24-105mm f/4 (55mm) I finally made it to London for a few weeks this summer, mainly to visit my mum who, like many, had been living in isolation for the past eighteen months. Found myself sitting on a bus behind this vision of love. Leant forward to ask if I could take a photo of the back of her head but she either ignored the weirdo or couldn’t […]

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Sun Loungers

PotD: Off-season for Sun Loungers

Sony A7R3 : f/6.3@320th : ISO 250 : EV -0.3 : FE 24-105mm f/4 (94mm) The sun loungers created some interesting shapes, like some weird insects hibernating for the winter. This image is also from the same walk as the previous two postings, so definitely a productive morning walking along the southern tip of Helsinki.

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Seascape

PotD: Seascape off Helsinki in Morning Light

Sony A7R3 : f/10@800th : ISO 200 : EV 0.0 : FE 24-105mm f/4 (105mm) A seascape from the same walk as my previous post, when the sea was just starting to freeze over. With the low morning light and the steam rising off the water, it was an absolutely stunning setting. Sometimes it’s just about being in the right place, at the right time, with a camera. Makes me think of the master, J.M.W. Turner, though all I had […]

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Sea Mist

PotD: Suomenlinna on a Winter’s Morning

Sony A7R3 : f/5.6@1000th : ISO 125 : EV +0.3 : FE 24-105mm f/4 (105mm) One from earlier on this winter, on a morning stroll when the sea had only recently frozen over and steam seemed to be rising from the water as it gradually transformed from a liquid to a solid state. Suomenlinna, a fortress island with a thriving creative community, was made a UNESCO world heritage site in 1991. In silhouette and rising out of the fiery vapours, […]

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