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Alongside my commercial work I’ve always artfully expressed myself with my own personal projects. On going and ever expanding, I enjoy looking for patterns and rhythms in nature; often finding beauty that is hidden in the ordinary and the fleeting.

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SENSES OF GRAVITY

MICROSCOPIC - ASTRONOMIC

Finding Higgs Boson - Where My Plant Pot Was (June 2009)

This photograph shows the marks left behind after moving a plant pot. The image describes the effects of gravity; the circle created by the weight of the pot, the spinning motion that created the pot, and the random dispersion of particles as they hit the ground. These simple marks could be seen as sub-atomic particles orbiting a nucleus, or at the other end of the scale, a planetary system caught in space.

I enjoy the fact that you can not tell the difference between the photograph and the original subject, it is a direct facsimile, a preservation. The camera has operated in a very unobtrusive way, a simple flow of light through the system.

As a successful graduate of Edinburgh's Napier University, I was invited to show my work as part of the 2012 BA Photographic Studies degree show. This image, along with three others that I selected as being significant in the development of my commercial and creative direction were exhibited. Robin Gillanders, one of my old lecturers, commented:

"the very mundane action of moving a plant pot has been related to the complex theorem of 'Higgs Boson'. The addition of the title lifts the picture conceptually from simply a formal composition to another level altogether. It is a photograph of marks left behind after moving a plant pot, but it is about the action of gravity".

PRESS RELEASE...

SPACE EXPLORATION I - Pencil shavings touching down on planet earth

SPACE EXPLORATION II - Exploration of the space and content of a bin including my favourite lunchtime snacks and great unfinished DIY projects




FLIGHT OF A SEAGULL

These two images taken from exactly the same position, but separated by an interval of one second, are to be viewed as a large format diptych. They appear to be almost identical, the only perceptible difference being the position of the seagull caught in flight.

This piece formed part of my 'Sea-Pictures' exhibition at Oriel Plas Glyn-Y-Weddw in North Wales, where acclaimed Welsh artist Gareth Parry commented:

"One very notable piece of work was a beautiful diptych with an almost crystallised sea beneath a powder blue sky across which a minuscule gull flew. The changing position of the gull from the left to the right hand image gave the piece yet another, and very unexpected dimension, that of time!".

(“The true content of a photograph is invisible, for it derives from a play, not with form, but with time.” John Berger)


24hrs from Land’s End
Starting at noon and finishing at noon the following day, I set my camera up looking at the Wolf Rock Lighthouse off Land’s End, keeping it locked in position, I made a series of exposures over that 24 hour period. Click here to view whole series...

This series won the fine art category in the One Eyeland international photography awards.


Cardinal Points - Looking North

Cardinal Points - Looking South


12 SCOTTISH EXPOSURES 

In June 2014 I was cycling round Scotland and took this unassuming 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.

Following my recovery, some 18 months after the event, I decided I wanted to revisit the road and try to figure out what actually happened. This led me to travel round Scotland with my old Mamiya twin-lens camera and just one roll of film.

View the outcome of that journey here: '12 Scottish Exposures


DOWN TO EARTH

As a successful graduate of Edinburgh's Napier University, I was invited to show four pieces of work as part of the 2012 BA Photographic Studies degree show. Click here to read more...


Structures Spires Lines of Communication


CONCEPTS AND PROJECTS
ABSTRACT
SEASCAPES
STILL LIFE

Using Format