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


Rapid response

In May 2016 I wrote about Labour Day in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. If you missed the posts and would like to catch up, follow the links to Labour Day : Part 1 and Part 2. I’m now fully at home in Zambia, but the police uniforms still fascinate me –


Photography and privacy

Should there be a blanket ban on taking photos without permission? Or is everyone “fair game” as soon as they walk out of their front door? I have mixed feelings. Whilst I value my privacy and that of my family, I do enjoy taking candid photos of people going about their lives.


Never work with children or animals

Being fond of dogs, I’ve never taken W.C. Fields’ advice seriously. Big, small, cute or ugly, to me they’re all great subjects for photography. But I finally met my match when taking pictures for my Town Dogs project. I’d seen this young, lively Pug in a gallery on Pall Mall. With the


Keep calm and carry on

I love crisp, sunny winter days – for me they’re photographic heaven. With a clear atmosphere and sun that’s never directly overhead, the gorgeous light gives you a head start before you even pick up your camera. On this February morning, I’d arranged to meet a friend in London. Public spaces are


Fill the frame

When I first picked up a camera, I was told to fill the frame with my subject. It’s one of the ten commandments of photography – with good reason, I hear some of you say. Why fill the frame? For clarity and impact, so viewers can quickly see what your picture’s all


A leopard in Lusaka

On my urban safaris in Zambia, the hunt for animals to photograph has always been part of the fun. There were easy pickings at first – I would find carved lions outside house gates and life-size rhinos grazing by the roadside. But as time has passed, I’ve had to work harder to


Undercover dog

Crossing Soho one afternoon, I found this Dachshund lying on a bench. Sheltered from the cold, she seemed happy to watch the world go by. The scene had the makings of a good picture : an appealing dog, unexpectedly lying under a raincoat, with an uncluttered background. The only drawback was the


A tourist in London

Let me start with a confession. This picture was set up, with my wife Beauty posing as a tourist. She wasn’t the first person to sit on that bench and she won’t be the last. Indeed, for more than twenty years tourists have squeezed between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill to


Cat nap

“A change is never as good as a rest.”  Richard Alton