December 01

The Imitation Game

A photography tour to Japan with Michael Levin, visiting some of his favourite locations, started me thinking about the tricky subject of imitation. 

November 20

Seeing differently

What does Schlinder’s List have in common with a medieval illustrated manuscript of Saint Catherine? An exhibition at the National Gallery provides the answer. For an art form that began its life in monochrome, perhaps it’s not surprising that many photographers (and some filmmakers) continue to favour black and white over colour. But why have […]

June 18

Good housekeeping

I love a good clear out. There’s something very cathartic and empowering about letting go of the old and, in doing so, making way for the new. As well as being reflected in my home, this approach is reflected in my photography, in particular, my approach to image storage.

May 10

It’s good to be square

5:4, 6:4, 7:5, 16:9. I’ve tried, I have, but there’s something about 1:1, the square format, that speaks to my heart when it comes to creating images. With its sides of equal length, the dependable square appeals to my sense of order, balance and harmony. Perhaps, as this blog’s title suggests, it’s also a little conventional […]

February 14

The right ingredients

If you think creating Michelin-star dishes has little in common with creating great photographs, think again. During the final week BBC Masterchef 2016, the finalists were challenged with producing dishes devised by chef, Daniel Humm.

October 23

More than an image

Amongst the endless Twitter campaigns and hash tags, there are two that struck me, as much because each one answers the question that the other posses.

August 21

Publish and be damned!

It’s estimated that over 2 billion people have active social media accounts. For many of us, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have become an integral part of our lives, even for those old enough to remember life before mobile phones and tablets. Social media is being used to forge connections, empower people, and give a voice […]