Welcome to my photoblog, which I hope you’ll enjoy. Concentrating on black and white photography, the blog aims to entertain and inspire. Like many photographers, I’ve been through barren spells when nothing has seemed to work – which is why I share tips and ideas about keeping your photography fresh and creative.


What makes a good travel photo?

Ask ten people what makes a good travel photo and you’ll probably get ten different answers. Most people would agree that a sense of place is important, but after that it gets harder to reach agreement. How do you achieve a sense of place? As a beginner, I’m still groping around for


Hurrying home

Trafalgar Square in London is a great place for people watching – and for candid photography. With the National Gallery on one side, it’s always busy and visitors are relaxed. Out with my camera one summer evening, I saw this man on stilts, posing for photos with tourists. In his Union Jack


Dynamic range for photographers

Have you ever enjoyed the buzz of taking photos, only to find your highlights bleached out, with the subtle dark tones all gone muddy? Sadly I have. What’s the problem? Digital sensors and film emulsions often can’t cope with the dynamic range of the scene in front of you – the contrast


Tired of shopping

Deptford market in south east London is one of my favourite haunts. Visiting one Saturday, I spotted this Bull Terrier being led from stall to stall on a lead. Following at a distance I watched, hoping a picture would develop. And as the owner browsed, the dog looked more and more bored.


Photographer’s Odyssey

Odyssey – definition : a quest or epic journey. Describing my own journey as epic would be pretentious. After all, when I took this picture at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, I’d just got off the train from Bexleyheath to Charing Cross. Commuting into London one morning, I came across these sculptures by chance, as


On safari in Leeds

“Urban Safari” is one of my ongoing projects, with most of the pictures being taken in Lusaka, the Zambian capital. So where does the Yorkshire city of Leeds fit in? Well, two photos from the series are on display there until 26th October 2016. If you’d like details of the group exhibition,


Creative unblocking : the Artist Date

Are you feeling flat and uninspired? Has your well of creative ideas dried up? Then an Artist Date might be just what you need. In her book, The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron recommends two main tools for creative unblocking: Morning pages and Artist dates. They can be used by artists, photographers, writers


Good companions

I often think that dogs have more sense than humans. They eat when they’re hungry, sleep when they’re tired and instinctively know if somebody likes them. One Saturday I called in at The Society Club in Soho, to catch up with friends. Arriving just after lunch, I found Modesty sound asleep, with


The headless cyclist

Driving into London is never fun, but for historical interest the A2 from Kent takes some beating. Part of a Roman road – Watling Street – Christian pilgrims used the route to get to Canterbury. And in the eighteenth century Dick Turpin would lie in wait by the roadside, to rob travellers