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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.

Photo of the Day: Bark Art

Sony A7RII : f/6.3@400th : ISO 5000 : EV -0.3 : FE 90mm f/2.8 I made a pretentious statement to someone the other day along the lines that photography is finding the balance between colour and light. On a technical level, it is true that the information in a digital file contains a numerical value of chroma and luminance, but that’s not really what I meant. This abstract image is a case in point. Looking at the tree from a distance, […]

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Flower with fence

Photo of the Day: The Bougainvillea Shoot

I took this shot walking around the streets of Mendoza in Argentina. I like this picture a lot. A hard black fence, to keep things either in or out, and a single vibrant young bougainvillea shoot popping through, just catching the sun. It doesn’t take a lot of thought to give it some sort of existential twist, about life, boundaries, reaching out, beauty in the small details… It puts a smile on my face just looking at the photo again […]

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Gran Torre Santiago

Photo of the Day: The Costanera Centre in Santiago

The Costanera Centre in Santiago, Chile, has some pretty impressive stats. It has the largest mall in all South America and the Gran Torre Santiago, at 300 metres, makes it the highest building on the continent too. I did walk around the mall but was a little overwhelmed by the scale and had to retreat to a less shopping-frenzied environment. One good thing about having packed to the limit is that I have no room to buy anything, so can walk away […]

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Photo of the Day: A Blue Home

After being holed up in bed for two days with fever, I only had a day to walk around the beautiful lakeside resort town of Puerto Varas in Chile. The centre of town looks a little more polished, ready for the regular influx of visitors during the summer break, but it doesn’t take long to venture out and find some of the traditional wooden homes looking a little worse for wear. Photographers like to call it ‘character’, but this rundown home in […]

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Guard dog

Photo of the Day: Alpha Dog

Sony A7RII : f4.5@250th : ISO 320 : EV 0.0 : FE 55mm f/1.8 If I was a dog, this is how I would want to look. Nothing flashy, just fit, alert and ready to do the deed, when necessary. He took one look at me, decided I wasn’t going to be a problem and carried on checking out the surroundings. And there was none of that barking business, waste of effort when your stare is as hard as that. I’m pretty […]

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Bench portrait

Photo of the Day: Man on a Bench

Sony A7RII : f2.8@400th : ISO 200 : EV +0.7 : FE 55mm f/1.8 I was wandering around one of the parks in Mendoza, Argentina, and saw this gentleman sitting on a bench watching the world go by. I approached politely and he had no problem me taking his portrait. A lovely guy, from Chile originally but he had left there just over 40 years ago. We didn’t talk politics, so I don’t know why, but my maths is good enough to work […]

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Wash basin

Photo of the Day: An Ordinary Day

Sony A7RII : f/5.6@250th : ISO 2000 : EV +1.0 : FE 55mm f/1.8 I appreciate a beautiful landscape, or a good portrait, but capturing an ordinary day in a moment is special too. There’s something that comes from concentrating a little slice of life into a single frame. I love the balance of all the elements, the colours from the domestic items, the curve of the tap, the blue light on the curtain against the warm wall behind… I […]

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Photo of the Day: Border guard

Sony A7RII : f/3.5@320th : ISO 100 : EV -0.3 : FE 55mm f/1.8 How about this for a portrait of a quintessential border guard. I saw him striding over when there was a queue of us waiting to cross into Chile from Argentina, somewhere between Bariloche and Puerto Varas. He said it was okay for me to take his portrait, but there was no way that expression was ever going to change. I asked him to move over to […]

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