Teesdale Sheep Show

For many years Teesdale has been one of my favourite parts of England, and at the end of September I was lucky enough to visit what I consider to be a “proper” country show, one without all the commercial baggage that accompanies so many nowadays.

The Langdon Beck Sheep Show, which at one point [...]

Sheep, Cows, and 18lb Onions

The end of harvest brings a host of agricultural shows to the English countryside. These events are steeped in tradition and often boast long histories, and are an integral part of many rural communities. They’re a time to show off livestock, dogs, horses, huge prize-vegetables, home baking, and to meet old friends and neighbours. Quintessentially English and quirky to boot. [...]

English Leisure

Leica MP – TMax 400

There are hints of English oddness in these pictures. I particuarly like the fairground picture which seems to show the people moving at speed, however it was merely a biting westerly wind blowing their hair. It also seems to show the contradictions of such places, with garish sexist [...]

Black & White Spider Awards

I am pleased to have four photographs nominated in the finals of this years Black & White Spider Awards http://www.thespiderawards.com

Sadly none of the pictures made the final three in their categories, but it’s good to have all the pictures that I entered make it so far in the competition.

A silver gelatin photogram [...]

Rules Are There To Be Broken

I have found that the so called “rules” of photography can often be challenged, and then with a little thought, can be ignored. Experience has taught me that there really are no cast iron rules in photography, and I am convinced that half the time they are merely invented by writers to fill up [...]

Travelling Light

After years of carrying around a huge backpack loaded with lots of things I “might need,” I have spent more time recently travelling around on foot with the minimum of equipment.

A year ago I made a conscious effort to carry only one (film) camera on any trip, nothing else, and generally would select [...]

A Cat and a Man in a Hat

In the interest of sharing with, and also in scaring everyone who owns a Leica MP, this is what happens when the shutter breaks.

I was shocked when a processed film showed random lines throughout and light bleeding all over, and then oddly the next film was fine. I was more shocked when I [...]