March 09

What’s in a name?

Sometimes, one of the most challenging aspects of photography is not taking or processing an image, but naming it. This shouldn’t be the case – in my day job, I’m a Communications Consultant, words are my trade. And yet there are times when I struggle to find an appropriate title. But how important is a […]

January 23

Getting to know you

It’s taken a while, but it happened in Japan last year and again in Venice last week. I went out shooting and didn’t click the camera shutter once. Learning when not to take a photograph is as important, and perhaps more difficult, than learning when to take one.

December 30

Feeling blue

I love the sea. For me, more than any other natural environment, the sea invokes feelings of wellbeing, creativity and calm; I can think of no better lullaby than the sound of the waves on the shore. I’m far from alone. Water has inspired painters, photographers, writers, poets and musicians for centuries, drawn to its […]

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 […]