Travel & Landscapes

Wickham Manor, Wickham Rock Lane, Winchelsea (From Travels at Home)

As a photographer I’ve been far more influenced by painters and illustrators than I have by other photographers and my work reflects this.  Perhaps it’s because had time, talent and circumstances allowed I should like to have been a painter myself – of watercolours, since that is the nearest thing to painting with light that I can think of and it is capturing this magic of light and colour that appeals to me.  And I paint with my camera instead, getting up at sparrows to chase the light and drawing inspiration from a wide and eclectic range of artists from J.M.W. Turner to Claude Monet to Eric Ravilious, with perhaps a special nod to Edward Hopper.

Travels at Home

When the pandemic closed borders and kept everyone at home, I took my  cameras and tripod with me on my morning bike rides, shooting these excursions as though they were magazine travel assignments. Along the way I rediscovered the joys of travel.

Montecristi Panama Hats

Creamy as silk, costlier than gold, a Montecristi Panama hat is the pinnacle of the hat weaver’s art. I spent time with the finest living weavers in a remote village in Ecusador. These images are from a photo essay that appeared in the New York Times.

Rice vendors in Bangalore push their barrows through traffic

Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

I’ve written much about Stonehenge and the British Neolithic but had never attended the summer solstice celebrations there. A collection of images I shot for a travel feature in the New York Times.

Life on the Cut: Travelling Britain’s Historic Canals

Last winter I moved aboard the Nunu B, a 58-foot English narrowboat and took up life as a continuous cruiser on Britain’s  2000-mile network inland waterways, most of them built in the 18th or early 19th centuries. An on-going series of images of the people and places I’ve envcountered along the way.

York Minster’s Stone Carvers

Maintaining the intricate stonework on York’s enormous 800 year-old Gothic cathedral is a full-time job for the minster’s team of 14 stonemasons and apprentices. I was forunate enough to spend a few days with them in the stoneyard and up on the scaffolding.