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On the second Sunday in May every year around 2000 hardy souls attempt the Fred Whitton Challenge; 115 miles of hard cycling round the Lake District, up and over some of the most gruelling climbs in the UK. This image shows a rider approaching the steepest section of Hardknott Pass, a genuine 1 in 3.

Climbing Hardknott Pass on the Fred Whitton Challenge.

The tricky descent down Hardknott, heading towards Wrynose.


In June 2014 I was cycling round Scotland and took this rather unassuming souvenir snapshot on my cameraphone, little did I know that five minutes after making the exposure I would crash on the very bend you see and spend the rest of the week in hospital.

On recovery I decided I wanted to revisit the road and try to figure out what actually happened. This in turn led me to travel round Scotland with my old Mamiya twin-lens camera and just one roll of film.

You can view the outcome of that journey here: '12 Scottish Exposures

A trip round Scotland with my old Mamiya twin-lens and one roll of film. '12 Scottish Exposures'

This is the camera that I used on my trip round Scotland; a Mamiya c330 twin-lens reflex. It is a marvellous mechanical contraption. The focus is achieved by a rack and pinion arrangement that contracts and extends a set of bellows (that you can hear creak from time to time!) As you wind on to advance the film through the chamber you see a rotating spindle that cocks the shutter for the next exposure, and during a long exposure a satisfying clockwork whirr can be heard as light silently enters the chamber to make its mark.


Pin Oak Leaf - click here to buy this image as a limited edition fine art print.

As featured in Lewis Blackwell's book 'The Life & Love of Trees'.


Penmon Lighthouse - although not actually listed on my site as a print sale, this atmospheric image is available as a limited edition fine art print. Beautifully printed on museum quality fine art paper. Contact me here for more details.


DUSK I - although not actually listed on my site as a print sale, this abstract and evocative landscape is available as a limited edition fine art print. Beautifully printed on museum quality fine art paper. Contact me here for more details.


A 'Thank You' card I recently received - how lovely!


Magenta Diffusion I (rear brake light, Honda Executive Tourer #thepowerofdreams)

Magenta Diffusion II (rear brake light, Honda Executive Tourer #thepowerofdreams)

As I moved in closer and closer with my phone (camera) I came to a point where the lens of my camera actually touched the lens of the brake lights. Contact had been made and a new magical world opened up as light and colour flowed, bled and fused into one - the subject distilled and transformed, like an exercise in chromatography, with the camera as the instrument of analysis.

I have, in the past, been persuaded not to reveal the mundane subject matter and unsophisticated means of capture for fear of dumbing down these images. I understand the reasoning behind this - people often want to create mystique and an air of exclusivity, it is seductive sales talk, but I prefer a more candid approach. Also, I feel it is missing the point here, and in my work as a whole - I love finding beauty and intrigue in the mundane and ordinary, and I love trying new techniques. And considering the surreal quality of these images, borrowing the Honda strapline ‘The Power of Dreams’, tagging it, and the idea that the marketing people at Honda have elevated the status of an estate car to an ‘Executive Tourer’ is all part of the concept and more than enough PR spin!

I know and understand the best traditions of photography, I was splashing around in the darkroom 40 years ago. Commercially and artistically I have worked on all formats from 35mm to 10x8, I still occasionally shoot on film, but primarily I enjoy the refinement and immediacy of digital imaging - and here, using a camera phone, a new area of creativity has opened up for me. I don’t feel the need to fudge or obscure the derivation and technique.

At the end of the day, the prints, on lovely fine art paper, are an immaculate inky diffusion of space, light, colour and time. An abstract distillation and transformation of the subject on to a beautiful two dimensional substrate, and we can’t ask for anything more than that can we.


Corporation Street in the Rain click here to buy this image as a framed print


Spring equinox looking east from Lowestoft Ness, the most easterly point of mainland UK. From my 'Cardinal Points' project.

Gyrograph #0006


Trams passing Bridgewater Hall in Manchester city centre click here to buy this image as a framed print


Sculptural pieces from that well known commercial property board game click here to buy this image as a framed print

Morecambe Bay from Bardsea


Taj Mahal click here to buy this image as a framed print

A while ago I won the Observer Outdoor Photographer of the Year, it was a while ago, as digital imaging hadn’t really taken off, so I was shooting exclusively on film. Part of the prize was a trip to India, where I took this photograph of the magnificent Taj Mahal, and it really is magnificent, one of the few places I’ve visited that does exceed expectation. I remember the moment well, the light was perfect and I framed the shot on my trusty old Nikon FM2 (as featured in the images!) I made one exposure and then I noticed how the tourists were milling around and moving into a perfect composition, so I waited a while, looking and hoping and then click, perfect, everyone in place - it could not have been orchestrated any better. A genuine moment. And of course no instant review or play back on the camera, but I had a feeling I had something special. 

In these days of rapid fire disposable imagery, it seems remarkable that I only made two exposures - you can see them on the contact sheet below. The first one is okay, but then the arrangement of the people in the second frame anchors the composition and creates a narrative that elevates the image to another level.

Contact sheet showing the two exposures I made - the second one being the more refined composition when all the elements came together.


Cloud I

Winter solstice, looking south from Lizard Point, the most southerly point of mainland UK. From my 'Cardinal Points' project.


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