Despite my background as a musical performer, [and for more information, please see my About page] I am by nature an introvert. I hate being the centre of attention and, like many others, agonise over talking to groups of strangers. As a Bandmaster I was able to stand in front of a large audience, engage with them and entertain them. I was able to hide behind the uniform, playing the role of a Bandmaster, convincing both the audience and myself that I was relaxed, natural and comfortable in that environment. But now, without that uniform, I lack the confidence, the easy self-assured manner which came with the role I was playing.
Native British birds are, by their nature, all around us yet, because of their familiarity, they can disappear into the background. Unseen and, despite their calls, mostly unheard above the noise of daily life. As someone who now finds it difficult for his voice to be heard, I feel like just another native avian, like a scruffy old crow or a crusty duck, disappearing unseen and unheard amid the noise of daily life.
My wings collection of images represent the quiet, the shy, the introverts of this world, only now they're clothed in layers of vibrant, vivid colours, an inspiring, reassuring, confidence-building uniform of self-esteem and in-your-face attitude. Now you can see me.
All the images in the Wings collection are available, as framed, limited edition prints, from the Shop.
Lady on Red
Fireworks and Feathers
Ickle Lilac Goslings
Fishing by the Pink
Big Duck, Little Duck
From Midnight to Gold
Fighting Fire With Fire
I'm very fortunate to be able to spend time photographing in the outdoors, particularly in the two large local parks, which are inhabited by a wide variety of wildlife, including several breeds of deer. These powerful, majestic mammals roam freely within the parks, living in relative harmony with the large numbers of people and vehicles which pass through on a daily basis. And yet, despite their all-too-apparent size and physical strength, confined to the parks they are diminished by their surroundings. Enclosed by the high walls and cattle grids which perimeter the parks they live, in comparison to their wild cousins, a colourless, artificial existence.
I have lived in London, on and off, for the last 10 years and during that time have developed an empathy with the park deer. Much like the deer, I feel trapped by the city around me, by the noise, traffic and pollution, and the impersonal, too-densely populated streets. I yearn for the wide open spaces of the countryside, of the clean, fresh air and ever-changing colours of the seasons. You can keep your 2 AM sushi bars, London, I'm not interested.
With 'regal' purples and 'sorrowful' blues I have tried to reflect both aspects of my perception of the life of these 'un-free' animals, majestic yet diminished, wild yet confined to a too-small patch of green amid our claustrophobic, chaotic capital.
All the images in the Dear Deer collection are available, as framed, limited edition prints, from the Shop.
Breakfast and a Bath
Tangled in the Long Grass
Don't Look back
There are some buildings which just exude strength and I love the way, with an unmovable solidity, they exert a physical presence, both on the ground on which they stand and the area surrounding them. But what I love more is not their sheer size, or their unique purpose, but that they are designed and constructed from an enormous number of smaller, often very ordinary yet vitally important constituent parts. And if even the smallest, least significant of those parts fails, then the consequences can be catastrophic.
Based on my own, very positive experiences within a unique and equally impressive structure, the British Army, [and for more information, please see my About page] I like to think of large organisations in the same way. Much like the bricks and mortar which hold together these imposing buildings, it's the most junior soldiers, the Sappers, the Gunners, the Fusiliers, the Guardsmen, the Musicians, the Riflemen, the Signallers and all the other Private soldiers who make up the 'other ranks', who are the mission-critical keys to the success of the organisation as a whole.
But so often, regardless whether it's large buildings or large organisations like the British Army, these 'ordinary' yet essential elements are too easily forgotten when looking at the edifice as a whole. So in my London bricks collection, I wanted to ensure that, whilst reflecting the overriding impression of strength and solidity of each building, I have added just enough colour to the small detail, to the brick work, to highlight their oft-forgotten importance.
All the images in the London bricks collection are available, as framed, limited edition prints, from the Shop.
Storm Clouds Over Tower Bridge
Kneller Hall Aflame
White Tower in Blue
Bushy House and a Bike
fine art photography
All the fine art photography images are available, as framed, limited edition prints, from the Shop.