Patience on a monument

It lasted 7 minutes and was as thrilling as it was unexpected. This is the story of how I came to create my image that appears on the cover of a new book about Venice, Dream of Venice in Black and White. I took the shot in January 2017, planning my trip to Venice to coincide…

Veni, Video, Vici

“I can’t wait to see your images” is a phrase I hear fairly often. I’m not complaining. It’s gratifying that people want to see my images from my travels to far-flung corners of the world, but without wishing to sound ungrateful, it makes my heart sink. That and, “I bet you got some great images”.

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…

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.

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…

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. 

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…

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.

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…

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.