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.
I always try and set aside some time in the autumn to get away somewhere and take advantage of this transient period, this year it was the Peak District. I’d visited and shot the area once before, but didn’t feel I had done it justice. As a photographer I feel I’ve improved a lot since my first trip three years ago. I spent two days exploring Padley Gorge and The Longshaw Estate, the colours were beautiful in the area.
This was a dawn shoot I’d planned, hoping for crisp early light catching the valley, in the end I had to wait for an hour for the sun ot finally break through the foggy start.
The Monday was very bright and sunny, I drove over to Mam Tor, found a location along the ridge and waited for the sun to descend into the skies above Manchester.
Earlier this month I travelled to Nandagaon from Mathura to shoot the Holi celebrations that this small town is famous for. After the throwing of paint and powder at the Radha temple the Shepherds from neighbouring Barsana gather with shields … Continue reading
I’m away in India at the moment, travelled here late February to cover the Holi celebrations. Here is a sneak preview of the portraits I shot over the course of the festivities in Mathura, Vrindavan and Nandagaon. Will have the … Continue reading
All that colour and noise, on this grey, cold December day it seems a world away. I’m catching up with all my personal work this month, and have finally got my photography from this years Notting Hill Carnival edited. Here … Continue reading
At the weekend I took a walk through Hampstead Heath, something i do most months, but always a beautiful place to be in the autumn.