Posts Tagged ‘landscape photography’

More work from the ‘sanctuary’ project

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

Shot entirely on an iphone 5s using the hipstamatic app, these images are from the second part of this ongoing project. A very personal series of images shot mainly in Devon and Cornwall. More soon…

University of Exeter Open Exhibition – ‘Observatory: Perspectives on Landscape, Society and Spirit’

Thursday, June 1st, 2017
Nash Point Lighthouse, South Wales. From the series 'The Sixth Extinction'

Nash Point Lighthouse, South Wales. From the series ‘The Sixth Extinction’

This print has been selected for the University of Exeter Open Exhibition. Subtitled ‘Observatory: Perspectives on Landscape, Society and Spirit’ the exhibition called for artists to link their submission with research undertaken at The University. This image of the lighthouse at Nash Point, South Wales is from my project ‘The Sixth Extinction’ and responds to research into mass extinction events by the Earth System Science Group at Exeter University.

‘The Sixth Extinction’ tracks a group of world-leading paleogeologists as they hunt for clues to a mass extinction event in the cliffs of North Somerset and South Wales. This image of Nash Point lighthouse (the observatory) shows the ‘extinction line’ at waist height in the cliffs – a rarely exposed inch-thick layer of limestone below which fossils are abundant but above which 75% of the planet’s species vanish. The lighthouse looks not only out over the lethal cliffs and reefs but also back through layers of deep time.

The exhibition runs in the Exeter Forum at the University from June 11 – 18.

A selection of images from a new project – ‘Sanctuary’. Shot entirely using the Hipstamatic App on an Iphone

Sunday, March 12th, 2017


I found myself walking local paths, seeking solace from the pain of bereavement. From a loss that had left my relationship with nature fractured and bruised. My partner walks beside me, our unspoken thoughts colliding like tectonic plates.

Heavy steps lead us down sinuous paths to the woodlands and we become immersed in the undergrowth, in the shady spinneys and thickets. A sanctuary of sorts. Far off sunlight draws us on, always just out of reach beyond the latticework of leaves and tangle of branches.

Photographed mostly on paths and in woodlands on Dartmoor in Devon and on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. Shot entirely using the Hipstamatic app on an Iphone.

Prints from ‘Huangshan Ltd’ series on show at Look17 Liverpool International Photography Festival

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
Untitled VI from the series 'Huangshan Ltd'

Untitled VI from the series ‘Huangshan Ltd’

As part of the Look17  Liverpool International Photography Festival I will be showing work from the ‘Huangshan Ltd’ series. The festival runs from April 7th to May 14th and the theme this year is China. Prints will be shown at Constellations in Liverpool and the work will also be shown on-screen at Open Eye Gallery.

Installation view of exhibition at Terre Verte Gallery, Cornwall

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Installation shots from my current exhibition ‘The Practice of the Wild’ at Terre Verte Gallery, Altarnun, Cornwall UK. It features four prints from the ‘Huangshan Ltd’ series, a wallpaper collage of four images from ‘Bamboo (Six Seconds)’, six prints from ‘Sixth Extinction’ and two prints from ‘Sound of Jura’.

Exhibition in Cornwall, UK

Saturday, August 27th, 2016
Wallpaper with images from my project Bamboo (Six Seconds).

Wallpaper featuring images from Bamboo (Six Seconds)

The Terre Verte Gallery in Altarnun, Cornwall  is showing pieces from three of my projects as part of a three photographer exhibition entitled ‘The Practice of the Wild’. Named after the seminal 1990 book of essays by Gary Snyder – one of the central texts on wilderness and the interaction of nature and culture – all three photographers interpret the theme in their individual ways.

I will be showing a wallpaper collage (above) of four images from my project ‘Bamboo (Six Seconds)’. The single roll of Photo Tex is 64 inches wide by 57 inches high. There will also be four framed silver gelatin limited edition prints from ‘Huangshan Ltd’, six framed prints from ‘The Sixth Extinction’ and two prints from the series ‘Sound of Jura’.

The exhibition will run from 20th September until 15th October and I will be giving a talk on my work and, with the other photographers, will be leading group photography walks locally.

Recent iphone hipstamatic images

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

I’ve taken a bit of a sabbatical recently for personal reasons, but I’ve always got my iphone on me and take images using the hipstamatic app. Walking, shooting and finding solace in the forests of Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor.


Hipstamatic landscape photography imagery now on Instagram

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Hipstamatic landscape photography imagery now on instagram

Check out my new instagram feed which’ll show my hipstamatic landscape photography imagery –


Latest selection of hipstamatic landscape photography

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

A few of my latest iphone images culled from my files, using the hipstamatic app. One of my photolibraries, Gallery Stock, is shortly launching an iphone collection.

Commissions in Alaska and Norway

Friday, June 8th, 2012
Thompson Pass, near Valdez, Alaska

Thompson Pass, near Valdez, Alaska

I have recently returned from two trips shooting editorial commissions. The first was in Alaska where I spent the best part of a month in and around the Chugach Mountains in what turned out to be a record-breaking snowfall year.  The second trip was to the Lyngen Alps in northern Norway, around 200 miles inside the Arctic Circle. Based on a yacht exploring the fjords northwest of Tromso, the ‘land of the midnight sun’ kept its promise, delivering nearly 24 hours of daylight. Click here or on the image above to see some more images from both trips – the link will open my facebook page.

PDN Magazine Interview

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Untitled IV from the series 'Huangshan Ltd'

I was recently interviewed by Conor Risch, editor of respected US-based photography magazine PDN (Photo District News). The interview is published in the March 2012 issue of the magazine. We discuss the ‘Huangshan Ltd’ project in particular and the framework behind my work. The magazine will be featuring five images from the series. You can read the interview and see the gallery of images here. Alternatively you can download the pdf of the interview here.

Bamboo (Six Seconds) – a new series

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Untitled I, from the series Bamboo (Six Seconds)

Every six seconds fifteen acres of the planet are deforested. That’s 60,000 sqm, or six hectares, or nine football pitches. Every six seconds….the time it’s taken you to read these words. Shot in a bamboo forest in Anhui Province, China, the exposure time of each of these images is six seconds.

For the Chinese bamboo holds iconic status, representing the harmony between nature and man – and symbolising civilisation. In folklore, literature, calligraphy and painting bamboo’s characteristics embody the finest human virtues – integrity, humility and purity. Comparing a person to bamboo is the highest possible praise of their character.

Touted as a miracle crop to counter deforestation, bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on earth. Growing up to four feet a day, one hectare of bamboo sequesters sixty-two tons of carbon dioxide per year. Generating up to 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees it can be used to produce everything from food, fabrics, paper, building material and oil.

However rising demand from the west has brought new environmental concerns for bamboo forests. Increased use of unregulated pesticides for production plus the strong chemical solvents required to process the bamboo have poisoned watercourses and threaten precious animal habitat. Indiscriminate harvesting has resulted in half the world’s species of bamboo now being in imminent danger of extinction.

For more from the series go to my portfolio website here, or on this permanent gallery page on this blog.

Huangshan Ltd – a new series

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Huangshan Ltd - a new series

Huangshan Ltd

Huangshan (literally ‘Yellow Mountain’) in Anhui province is one of China’s most iconic national monuments. A range of mountains with 72 granite peaks and covering nearly 300, the ‘Mount Huangshan Scenic Area’ is a UNESCO World Heritage Site providing habitats for rare and threatened species. One of China’s top tourist destinations, its iconic beauty ranks with the Yangtze River and the Great Wall as a potent cultural and spiritual symbol. A ‘sister’ national park of Yosemite in the US, Huangshan has inspired centuries of painters, poets and scholars becoming known to the Chinese as ‘the number one mountain under heaven’. It is particularly renowned for the gossamer threads of ethereal mist that drape the mountains and for the regular phenomenon by which those mists dramatically converge into dense ‘seas’ of cloud which surge and billow between the peaks.

The entire Mount Huangshan Scenic Area is owned and managed by the ‘Huangshan Tourism & Development Company Ltd’ and is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. China’s decades of rapid economic reforms and the unwillingness of central government to allocate money and resources to such areas has led to this process of privatisation. It’s a model that is being widely replicated for other iconic spiritual and historic sites, from Shaolin temples to sections of the Great Wall.

In this series of photographs, Huangshan’s seas of cloud become an allegory for the process of privatization of an iconic landscape. The mist builds, converging into a sea of cloud that blankets the peaks, and finally disperses. Photographed in a style resonant of traditional Chinese ink drawings, the clouds denote the growing rift between a nation and a landscape once revered as the inspiration for the Chinese collective national identity.


Huangshan Ltd - a new series

The full series of images from this project can now be seen on my portfolio website here or on this permanent gallery page on this blog.

Images and Prints available from Lensmodern

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
Glacier d'Argentiere, Chamonix. Images and Prints available from Lensmodern

Glacier d’Argentiere, Chamonix.

I am pleased to announce that i have been invited to contribute images to Lensmodern. Lensmodern is an online photographic handling agency and library which was “conceived and created by a group of the world’s top photographers as the only marketplace appropriate for their award-winning work. Lensmodern provides the perfect environment in which to view, sample, license usage, or buy fine art prints of some of the world’s most creative photographic images.”

Selected photographs from my ‘Naked’ series are now available through Lensmodern as fine art prints or available for licensing. The ‘Naked’ series features snowscapes photographed in mountain ranges on several different continents.


Isle of Jura in the Scottish Inner Hebrides

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Isle of Jura in the Scottish Inner Hebrides

I’ve recently returned from 2 weeks on the Isle of Jura in the Scottish Inner Hebrides. Many thanks to Jane and Hugh who looked after us so well, their idyllic cottage providing stunning views of the Paps – ‘mountains’ rising to 785m at their highest point.

Isle of Jura in the Scottish Inner Hebrides

The island’s relatively small but boggy interior and remote nature (two ferries from the Scottish mainland) combined with extraordinary light, meant I found myself drawn to the views over the Sound of Jura. These are the straits separating the island from the Scottish mainland, which, draped in ethereal light, are known intriguingly in Gaelic as ‘An Linne Rosach’ –  ‘The Sound of Disappointment’. The full series is now up on my portfolio website.