Personal Photography


The majority of the galleries here are taken from recent work.  More photo sets will be added as time goes by and different journeys are embarked on.

August 2019: Unreal real places

Sri Lanka - Batticaloa

In Sri Lanka for work, I kept on being struck by the sense of strangeness that seems to accompany me on a journey of this kind.  From London I went to Colombo, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Kandy and then back to Colombo.  There were some wonderful conversations and meetings, but there were also these strange moments of silent oddness.  Maybe you'll get a sense from the photos in the set here: Unreal real places: a journey to Sri Lanka

June 2019: Looking back - Colours, 15 years


I realise that although I feel unsure about colour photography, a large part of what I've done has depended on colour as much as on form.  I looked back through the archive - back to before digital cameras and through until recent times, and found a selection that I quite like.  They were taken as part of specific commissions or as personal work, and in locations as distant as Senegal, Georgia, and Ethiopia and as near as London and Norfolk.  They might be of interest.  If you'd like to take a look, go to Looking Back - Colours

April 2019: Looking back - Nepal, December 2001


I've just got my Nikon Coolscan slide scanner working again thanks to the excellent Graeme Hardie at Lincoln Scan.  I can't recommend him too highly! As a result, I've been able to re-scan and process a set of slides taken during a walking trip in Nepal in 2001.  We helicoptered up to and then walked down from Jomsom (not our first choice - and not the best decision we've ever made!), and once I'd got over the altitude sickness I documented parts of the journey.  It's interesting to look back sometimes - and it's been a good reminder of what working with the hard discipline of Kodachrome was like!  If you're interested you can see more images at Walk down from Jomsom.

December 2018 / January 2019


A trip to visit old friends who live in Tepoztlán, (Morelos, Mexico).  Murals have been painted throughout the old town - some political, others more commercial or just decorative.  They have a certain charm (as do the dogs!).  Some more photos can be seen at Tepoztlán, street observations.

September / October 2018

France 2018

A return to Europe at a troubling time with Brexit looming.  It was good to see friends in Berne and the Sarthe - and also to walk the high ridges around the valley of the Jordanne in the Cantal.  There's a small selection of images from an the trip here: France, 2018 - an Autumn journey.

July 2018


Walking from Roanhead to the pier at Askham you skirt the Duddon Sands and arrive at the remnants of the iron works which were at the heart of the industrial economy of this part of Cumbria in the C19.  There's little left now, but the pier that was built with slag from the furnaces is still impressive.  On the horizon there are the wind turbines - a new revolution. If you'd like to see more images, go to Cumbria: Roanhead and Askham - an industrial landscape.

June 2018

The wall

After a term of teaching in London and the opening of the Tree Portraits exhibition on 8th June in Kendal, it's been good to be back on the fells.  A new project is emerging focused on the wall around Kentmere Park.  Some preliminary studies can be found in A walk around Sallows.

April 2018


We were in Cornwall (staying near the Camel Trail between Padstow and Bodmin) and had good weather! The week included a visit to Tate St Ives, walking the coast around Pentire Point and Polzeath and along the Camel valley, and then getting down to see friends near Porthgwarra. If you'd like to see some images from the week, go to Cornwall: spring days

March / April 2018


Sue broke her knee a year ago and it's been a long, slow recovery.  The good news is that after surgery in December she's getting out in the hills again and we're looking forward to longer and higher walks as the year progresses.  We've been out with friends over this Easter weekend and been lucky to stay dry.  Curlews, skylarks, ramsens (wild garlic) and the first lambs.  For some more photos go to: Cumbria: 2 days in early spring.

October 2017


Another year!  I've been busy with other projects, so not added enough to this area of the site.  I shall start to make up for lost ground.  Images here are from a walk with friends over Great Asby Scar, north of Tebay in Cumbria.  A lovely area - if you'd like to see more images go to: A walk around Asby Scar.

November 2016


As the colour goes and November progresses, the shape of the landscape and the trees becomes clearer each day.  We had some beautiful sunshine in November alongside the storms and rain, so it was possible to have good days out.  Some more images can be seen at Scout Scar, Undermill Common and the Winster Valley.

October 2016

Ennerdale Water

More beautiful Autumn weather.  With friends for the weekend in Ennerdale, and blessed with a calm, sunny day on the Friday.  Saturday saw the weather transformed, with a cold wind and cloud down to the valley floor.  Autum in Cumbria!  For more pictures, go to A walk around Ennerdale Water.

October 2016


This year Autumn has kept on throwing up beautiful days.  We were lucky and were able to get out to walk up Hartsop above How above Patterdale.  A beautiful day.
To see more photos visit Hartsop-above-How.

September 2016


From Diss to North Norfolk - a summer journey to the English Seaside.  A week of unbelievably hot Autumn weather which ended truer to type with a sea-mist rolling in off the North Sea.  For more pictures go to ... a summer journey to the English Seaside.

August 2016


Summer again so it's the Rydal Sheepdog and Hound Trials.  Rather a lot of pictures of dogs and their people... If this combination catches your fancy you'll enjoy..

July 2016

Beacon Tarn

After 6 weeks without doing proper walks it's so good to be out again.  We walked from Water Yeat up to Beacon Tarn and on to Blawith Fells for lunch (beautiful views across Lake Coniston). Then, it was back to the tarn for a swim and a sunny walk home. It doesn't get much better.

June 2016

Lindisfarne Causeway

In early June, we walked the 70 odd miles from Melrose in the Scottish Borders to the island of Lindisfarne off the Northumberland coast.  The walk follows a trail past a number of sites associated with St Cuthbert, starting at Melrose Abbey and ending at the Abbey on Lindisfarne. We were blessed with exceptionally good weather and had a very good time. If you'd like to see more images, go to St Cuthbert's Walk: a long walk with friends.

March 2016

Back in Hong Kong and a day out on Peng Chau.  It's only half an hour from the Central Pier on Hong Kong Island, but it's a another world.  You can walk around the island in around 3 hours, and on a cool March day you forget you're in part of one of the most densely populated places on the planet.  For more pictures, go to Empty Places 2: Peng Chau

March 2016

In China to complete a text book project we'd been working on for the last three years. This time we didn't stay on the main campus but were in the conference hotel across the road. All a bit surreal...  For more images, go to Empty Spaces 1 - Guangzhou

March 2016

I was in India for work travelling from Delhi to Kolkata and then on to Patna and beyond in Bihar.  A good journey.  The work was done in the education system in Bihar, but these images are of life on the road and in the towns along the way.  The collection can be seen at: India March 2016


February 2016

Windermere from Wansfell

We went for a walk up to Wansfell Pike, and delightful short circuit from Troutbeck.  It was a cloudy cold Saturday and we had a good time with friends. On the Monday the sun shone so we did the walk again - and it was even more beautiful.  For more pictures go to Wansfell, 2 days.

December 2015

After a week of rain there was a window of better weather, so we walked the Silverdale headland.  Beautiful views over Morecambe Bay. For more pictures, go to Silverdale, fields, water, woods.

December 2015

Gurnal Dubbs

The only frosty day so far this December, so we went for a walk with friend Steve Gould up to Gurnal Dubbs.  Good to have the ground crisp underfoot.  More photos can be seen at A walk around Gurnal Dubbs, Cumbria

October 2015

Derwent Water

It's all a bit picture postcard, but the Lakes in Autumn are spectacularly beautiful.  We went for a walk around Derwent water with friends and I took some pictures.  For more images, go to A walk around Derwent Water

November 2015

Dow Crag

Coniston Old Man and Dow Crag in the Central Lake District make a very satisfying circuit and it was far too long since we'd last been there.  The light was strange and colour didn't do justice to the mountain views.  I hope the black and white images here don't make it feel too bleak - it wasn't. However, they do give an account of the shape of the land.

EARLIER WORK: If you would like to see earlier work in this area please visit my archived web site