Saturday, 31 October 2020

Coronavirus Self Portraits

Two self portraits created under the influence of lock-down ...

  • First, an image inspired by crackpot theories linking 5G communication technology to the spread of coronavirus.
  • Second, an image inspired the potential for boredom and over-eating.

A 5G Sneeze

Just a Snack


Friday, 20 March 2020

Portraits - low contrast

These two portraits are low contrast, low-key images.

Conventional wisdom says that, for maximum impact, the blacks in a B&W image should include pure blacks, while the whites should be bright (but not blown out). The tones in these portraits do not follow this conventional wisdom; the lightest tones are barely above medium grey, and the "blacks" are a dark grey containing no detail. 

The brightest part of each image is at the earring.

Thursday, 12 March 2020


Two studio portraits in sepia monochrome from recent Sunday portrait sessions.



Sunday, 2 February 2020

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Heritage Museum

This image was made at the Alford Heritage Museum about 20 miles from Aberdeen. The museum contains artifacts from bygone ages - owned and used by people from Alford and wider NE Scotland.
I'm slowly working my way through the exhibits. This mono image is a multiple exposure of the cutting blade on a six-foot long double-handed saw.

Cutting Edge

These previous images are also from one the exhibits.

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Urbex workshop

I was at a photographic workshop on Tuesday - "Urbex - Weathered Treasures". A long way to travel (Aberdeen - Hackney - Aberdeen), but well worth it - getting valuable advice from Valda Bailey, Doug Chinnery, and Terry Gibbins.

The workshop was in a Victorian warehouse / workshop, now used as an environment for film / video. This multiple exposure image was based on a rather sad looking plant found on an upstairs balcony resting against a wonderfully textured rough-cast wall.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019


Alford Heritage Museum has good source material for multiple exposure images inspired by Brexit.

The images were created in-camera, two shots in each case.
The original subject was an old battered enamel / steel panel advert for "BP motor spirit".