Montacute House, Nr Yeovil, Somerset
Escape from unrequited desire
Watching The Inspection
Boy With Spring Posy
A path through the sand dunes at Bantham Beach. A push chair or similar has made its tracks, leaving behind the echoes of laughter and glee at the end of a beautiful sunny July day.
Bantham Beach Exit
A full gasometer storing natural gas prior to distribution. The street lights tell you this eyesore is in the heart of a residential area.
A corridor beckons, each inlet of light enticing you forward to the question at the end...
Trying To Cut The Apron Strings
At the Tavistock balloon fiesta, Aug 2007, the last of the hot air balloons form a stack as they rise into the darkening evening sky. A stray burst of sunlight catches jone balloon, making it flare brightly in a last 'goodbye' to the crowds below.
Wood Crane's Bill
Lighting The Cosmos
Penny Bun - Fairy Toadstool
Beach In WInter, Felixtowe
A piece of jetsam found on the pebble beach at Aldeburgh, next to a quietly rotting boat carcass. The textures of the wood and the encrustations on the metalwork drew my eye - delicious against the soft shapes of the pebbles. Suffolk, 2007
A broken blind fans downwards across a window in an office block in Arundel Street, close to Temple tube station, London.
A creek where they moor old boats that are no longer fit for the sea. Overlooked by houses, slowly these graceful old ladies decay into the mud.
Exploration In Light using HDR
Approaching The Glade
Start of a Cornish Autumn
Caught By The Surf, Felixstowe
Winter Seafront Stroll, Felixstowe
Woodland Bridge Path, Palanga, Lithuania
Curve Of The Neck
Into The Light, Dartmoor
Personification of Persephone
A traditional dhol bhangra drum worn by a drummer dressed in the costume of the Punjab.
Inside a dockside storage shed. Cargo spillage makes the floors glisten and a dumper truck waits to load the next delivery lorry.
A textural and tonal image of wild grasses, sand dunes and their protective fence, looking down to a beach where a solitary figure is beach combing.
An abstract composition of a cobbled path, handrail and wall. The high sun gave its own contrast. Taken in Klaipeda, Lithuania.
With the encroaching cancer of rubble from the last building to be demolished, the remaining building yet stands proud in its almost forgotten architectural splendour.
Taken in amongst the sand dunes of Bantham Beach. The fenced off areas are to keep people out while the wild grasses grow and bind the dunes, creating natural habitat for coastal wildlife.
I have tried to capture the essence of the repeating pattern of the rough-hewn fence posts and the strong shadows they cast amongst the softer coarse grasses and sand.
A statue on a buttress of Salisbury Cathedral. The treatment of the statue emphasises the eternal imprisonment in a moment of time, forever watching...
A delicate rendering of oat seeds ripening in the evening July sun, a basking set of textured golds and browns.
I really liked the quality of the light on the rocks, golden in the last rays of evening light and a cold blue where the dying embers of the sun no longer reach.
A gargoyle, a man in agony as he is bitten on the cheeks by a pair of imps on his shoulders. Salisbury Cathedral.
A vase made of coloured, bubbled glass gives movement frozen in time.
Clawing The Skies
There was something timeless about this scene on Aldeburgh beach. This post will see the seasons come and go and the weather run through its cycles. I can imagine a time-lapse sequence over the next 100 years and the sorts of things this post will see. I fear it will be looking out underwater for the last section of the film...
An inviting bridge waving you on in woodgrain as you reach journey's end - with nine minutes to spare... Royal William Yard, Plymouth
A small dead tree rises from the lake forming delicious shape, texture and colour, and bursting bubbles from the lake floor disturb the lake's surface. A jetty completes the composition, anchoring the scene to a lakeside edge.
A portrait of Mans Eskandary, internationally renowned potter. Mans turns his back on the limelight - he prefers to remain in the shadows, creating his art in Raku Pottery and applying the secret skills of the alchemy of glazing and leaving the publicity to others.
Two german businessmen walking across the deep perspective in this photo of Marlene Dietrich Platz, Berlin. The buildings rise into the sky and disappear into the diminishing distance with architecture sympathetic to the shot.
Isolating fences separate UK back gardens. I wanted to capture that sense of being isolated in amongst all the people; of being shut off and shut out, everyone on their own little island - what you can't see, you can pretend doesn't exist.
An overcast day enhanced the bleakness; harsh cuts between the three separate areas were to echo isolation. The fence in soft focus, a bland area encourages the attention to what lies beyond, breaking the taboo.
Nuts and bolts on a bridge structural plate formed an interesting pattern of shape, shadow and repetition.
Bolted fast to the side of a quay, this tie-off point makes an odd coupling, pun intended.
A street snow scene, heavy with undertones of numerology. One road sandwiched by two pavements, one lamp, two drain covers, three snow-covered surfaces, four black objects. Straight juxtaposed with curved. An intriguing tone and composition shot.
The tops of the street cafe-bar parasols, all lined up and feeding on tourists beneath, are seemingly endless and pointed like teeth. With mosses and moulds in all the main folds, a musty grey pallor shows spores getting near, to fruiting and spreading in time for next year.
A freshly ploughed and sown field. The rich, reddish-brown Devon soil carries the too-uniform marks of farm machinery plying its unbending way. The texture softens in the distance but the lines still sweep the viewer's eye relentlessly into the distance, right.
A weather-worn pair of wooden stumps, embedded in a quayside wall and holding a rusty mooring staple. The texture of the wood hints at its age.
Inside an apartment block - a converted Royal Navy victualling yard building - the interior design melds and contrasts its contemporary blockish structures with the limestone and beams of the old.
Note how the block patterns repeat, reflect, rotate and invert - hence the title - 'Fugue In Three Parts With Inversion'.
A study of texture, pattern and geometry, implemented in the architecture of an office block in Arundel Street, close to Temple tube station, London.
The disused rail track that used to carry cargo between different parts of the oil terminal in Cattedown Wharves, Plymouth.
There's something about roofs and exterior walls where all the attention in design was focused on function rather than form. The end result is that our eyes usually skate over them when they are in view - our attention just slides by onto something of more interest.
Just occasionally, when the light is right, they can suddenly become something worth noticing... to my eye, anyway...
Cow Parsley Silhouette
Knot A Rope Knot
Once fine ladies of the sea have been left to rot in their last resting place, slowly adding to the detritus of the muddy creek.
Looking directly up to the sky from a forest floor. The bare tree branches of early spring are like so many roots absorbing nourishment from the sky.
Benign and beneficent they'd have us believe ...but we've seen the documentaries about the true depths of their piety. And for whom are the currently vacant plinths intended?
Detail of the roof of the learning centre building called The Core at the Eden Project. The skylights were very unusual and deserved this special treatment. The title is chosen for its four meanings. Reflect a while and see if you can get them all. Cornwall, 2008
The struts of the bridge seem to spring out of the image at you with the tree providing a visual glottal start. The horizontal struts with diagonal strengtheners remind me of the set squares used in woodwork in my schooldays. Taken at Trakai Castle, Lithuania
A back lane in the Sutton area, looking towards Sutton Harbour and the Barbican. Shepherds Lane, Plymouth, 2008
The beach sand is a temporary canvas, recording the wavelets left by the retreating tide, the footprints of a visitor and holding a seagull feather to complete nature's own creativity. ..And the slate will be wiped clean on the next tide ready for another image.
Wagon wheels, slowly weathering as the wagon rides out the last of its life as part of the rustic setting of Bredbury Hall Hotel (built around 1570)
A late evening shot of Whitehouse Pier on Plymouth's Barbican. The surface of the water is mirror calm and the lights and yachts, with their bare masts, reflect peacefully in the stillness.
Beside a canal in Bristol, these interesting iron artefacts caught my eye with their intriguing holes and edges not quite straight. The wild grass was a perfect complement and softener to the hard iron textures.