Beijing and The Great Wall of China

My recent China trip didn’t get off to the best of starts; I was stopped at Beijing airport where they have a temperature checkpoint, and forced to provide my details and a saliva sample because my body temperature was abnormally … Continue reading

Burano, Venetian Lagoon, Italy

I was last on the tiny island of Burano 12 years ago, still working with film; a Hasselblad Xpan and Nikon F80, both loaded with Fuji Velvia ISO 50 or 100. Now it is such a different photographic landscape, working with digital means I could begin my pictures at ISO 400 to cope with the overcast conditions, and then as it brightened up, get back to an optimum ISO of 64-100. Back when I was shooting exclusively on film I would have been constrained to either carrying a tripod everywhere, or having to work at uncomfortably wide apertures. Nowadays a visit to somewhere as unique and colourful as Burano is more of an Instagram shoot than anything else, for most young visitors. The buildings were originally painted in such a variety of colours to help their fishermen find their way home on the regular foggy days encountered in this part of the Adriatic Sea.

Exterior facades of colourful buildings, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Exterior facades of colourful buildings, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Exterior facades of colourful buildings, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Exterior facades of colourful buildings, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Front door, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Exterior facades of colourful buildings, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Canal, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Traditional fans for sale, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Traditional fans for sale, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Canal, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Canal, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Reflections of house in canal water, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Reflections of house in canal water, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Cushions with Venetian design on display, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Canal, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Traditional Italian cakes on display at bakery, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Traditional Italian cakes on display at bakery, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Canal, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Exterior facades of colourful buildings, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Exterior facades of colourful buildings, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Reflection of colourful building, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Exterior facade of colourful buildings, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Canal, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Canal, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Canal, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Canal, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Exterior facades of colourful buildings, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Exterior facades of colourful buildings, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Canal, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Exterior facades of colourful buildings, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Exterior facades of colourful buildings, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

'Blue House', Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

‘Blue House’, Burano, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Lake Garda and Verona, Italy

We travelled to Northern Italy during the “Beast from the East” – a week of freakishly cold weather which landed on Europe on Eastern winds in late February. So we didn’t see much more of Lake Garda than the picture below.

Sirmione, Lake Garda, Brescia, Lombardy, Italy, Europe

Sirmione, Lake Garda, Brescia, Lombardy, Italy, Europe

Would highly recommend the thermal spa in the lakeside town of Sirmione – spent 5 hours there, and could have stayed longer.

Messages of love left by visitors to Juliet's Balcony, Verona, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Messages of love left by visitors to Juliet’s Balcony, Verona, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

A house in Verona was allocated as Juliet’s house (Romeo & Juliet) by the Verona council, and since has predictably become a major tourist attraction in the city, despite Juliet being a fictional character and Shakespeare never having visited the city.

Statue of Dante, Verona, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Statue of Dante, Verona, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Interior of Basilica of Santa Anastasia, Verona, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Interior of Basilica of Santa Anastasia, Verona, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Ceiling of Basilica of Santa Anastasia, Verona, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Ponte Pietra and Old Town of Verona, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Ponte Pietra and Old Town of Verona, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Interior of Duomo (Cattedrale Santa Maria Matricolare), Verona, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Interior of Duomo (Cattedrale Santa Maria Matricolare), Verona, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Ponte di Castelvecchio, Verona, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Ponte di Castelvecchio, Verona, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Interior of Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, Verona, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Interior of Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, Verona, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Sunday antiques market, Verona, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Sunday antiques market, Verona, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Sunday antiques market with Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore in background, Verona, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Sunday antiques market with Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore in background, Verona, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

I Portoni della Bra Clock Gate, Verona, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

I Portoni della Bra Clock Gate, Verona, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Piazza Bra and Roman Arena at night, Verona, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Piazza Bra and Roman Arena at night, Verona, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Piazza Bra and Roman Arena at night, Verona, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Piazza Bra and Roman Arena at night, Verona, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Juliet's house, Casa di Giulietta, Verona, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Juliet’s house, Casa di Giulietta, Verona, Veneto Province, Italy, Europe

Albania – The Accursed Mountains and Tirana

Man looking up at Theth Waterfall, Theth, The Accursed Mountains, Albania

After Montenegro came Albania, the final stop on this Balkan tour. From the welcoming city of Shkodra we travelled north into “The Accursed Mountains”.┬áThese mountains which are part of The Dinaric Alps and their fantastic name comes from an ancient … Continue reading

2017 – Best 12 Photographs of the Year

Landscape near Hpa-an at dawn, Kayin State. Myanmar, Asia

This is a retrospective blog looking back on the last 12 months. I’ve gone through the years work and picked out my personal favourite pictures which tell the story of 2017. The year began in Morocco, we began in Tangier … Continue reading