My penchant for photographing buildings was fuelled by my art A level’s accompanying ‘history of architecture’, learnt by dipping into the fascinating Banister Fletcher as we affectionately called it.
John Constable's country, the hamlet of Flatford. Two Kodak Instamatic prints stitched together over 30 years later.
A selection from an ongoing project that visually represents the concept that what people want us to see on the outside, may be different from what goes on inside. Relating to the property on one level but moreover to the person or people within. The compilation adapted in 2020 during the Covid crisis - see second picture.
Wishing to draw the authority's attention to a derelict building, artists created a ‘hole in the wall’ protest about the long decay of a crumbling eyesore.
Fashioned after a castle turret, this used to house a header tank to feed a founder and water the planting schemes toward Bournemouth.
75 years ago, the newspaper moved here. The inconspicuous lady in red adds a different dynamic.
Inspiration for the castle featured in the Kevin Costner film 'Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves'.
Where our own fallen heroes are commemorated. Having left the immediate vicinity it is the photograph itself that now serves to commemorate their bravery and passing.
Always a fascination - depicting how we ourselves live side by side; sometimes a mismatch of race, colour and creed and at other times a successful and vibrant collaboration.
A compilation of several photographs knitted together to show the whole of the prehistoric monument in the days before access was rightly restricted and numbers visiting were minimal. The dynamic was different to today.
There are those that have no interest of what went before, while others respect and preserve the past in whatever way they can with actual renovation or, in this case, where I have preserved what must be that part of any house that sees the most footfall, for posterity photographically prior to demolition.
The Spinnaker Tower Alternative names Millennium Tower Now known for sponsorship reasons as the Emirates Spinnaker Tower is a 170 metres (560 ft) landmark observation tower in Portsmouth, England. It is the centrepiece of the redevelopment of Portsmouth Harbour, which was supported by a National Lottery grant. Its shape was chosen by Portsmouth residents from a selection, reflects Portsmouth's maritime history through its being modelled and named after a spinnaker, a type of sail that balloons outward.
Taken when I was 14. Three Kodak Instamatic prints stitched together over 40 years later.
An early 'Picture Within A Picture' study - a mirror image in a temporary structure erected in the grounds for a Ford motor car exhibition.
Huge gable end 'graffiti' in the 'ZUP' d'Alençon (now the Perseigne quarter).
With the basilica Notre Dame at Alençon of the Lower Normandy region in France.
The 15th century gothic-style chapel is beautifully integrated within the countryside.
The seat of the Northern Island Assembly. A reminder for me of the troubles that we watched on the television from the safety of our lounge when we were growing up.
I like the whole process of writing postcards. Sitting in the sun with a glass of chilled wine or, perhaps a bière pression having perused the newsagents to purchase the postcard and stamps. I take out a nice pen—one that flows well—and sit and think about the person I want to write to. In that way they share that moment with me, unbeknownst to them...
Taken on the first day of the Bournemouth Air Festival in 2012, this photograph was captured a year before the dominating eyesore of the Imax building was removed—which will change the landscape again.
In 1991 the building had become the tallest in London and the hub of business had become a tourist attraction. It was partially cloudy and when the sunlight was fleetingly just as I wanted it there were people in evidence everywhere, even though there were no trains running to Canary Wharf on a Sunday at the time I took it, in 2004. With a tripod to hold and retain the camera in position I took a series of five photographs to be overlapped as layers in Adobe Photoshop® (like sheets of acetate) in order to select and put on paper the parts of the scene that I chose with any people excluded. The selective technique ensured that the buildings were accurately represented; lit just as I had seen them from my unusual vantage point.
‘ The Baptist Union, Church of England, Methodist, Roman Catholic and United Reformed Churches are covenanted together to share their life in worship, understanding of each other and service to the community and to the wider world’. How refreshing!