By Dawn’s Early Light

Posted on Sep 19, 2014
By Dawn’s Early Light

I say dawn, but the black and white was taken at 4am (6 minutes at f8) and the colour at 6am (14 minutes at f16). A chilly evening down at West Bay, but not a breath of wind and lots of foxes on the beach for some reason.

Hungry Cheetah

Posted on Jul 22, 2014
Hungry Cheetah

I had the sneaking suspicion that I was being eyed up for dinner.

Adorable hedgehog!

Posted on Jul 22, 2014
Adorable hedgehog!

Hedgehogs make the most fascinating noises. This one was huffing and puffing like an old man whilst cradled in someone’s arms.

Elephants doing the Abba thing

Posted on Jul 22, 2014
Elephants doing the Abba thing

On a recent trip to South Africa for the Charity Clouddog I spotted some elephants doing an Abba routine.

Walking with the dog and my macro

Posted on Jun 20, 2014
Walking with the dog and my macro

Took my Canon 100mm macro out with me this morning whilst walking the dog and did a bit of nature snapping. It’s rather fun looking at the world from a macro angle, especially at this time of year when there is so much to look at. I could quite happily have spent hours out there […]

A Storm Cometh

Posted on Jun 10, 2014
A Storm Cometh

And it did, and I got wet, but I think it was worth it.

Planet of the Apes?

Posted on Jun 10, 2014
Planet of the Apes?

Is it just me or is this old sea fort languishing in the sand vaguely reminiscent of the final scene for the original Planet of the Apes movie?

The bracken wakes

Posted on Jun 10, 2014
The bracken wakes

I love this time of year. Everything is so ludicrously green and bursting into life. Here the bracken is just beginning to take over the woods, flourishing in the shade and getting ready to choke the heck out of everything else.

Atlantic Beach

Posted on Jun 10, 2014
Atlantic Beach

A breath of fresh air on a windswept Atlantic beach in France.

At the still point of the turning world

Posted on May 20, 2014
At the still point of the turning world

Spent a week down in France on one of Jonathan Chritchley’s excellent Ocean Capture workshops, most enjoyable.

Another great mask by Theo

Posted on Mar 16, 2014
Another great mask by Theo

Shot another of Theo’s magnificent masks today, do check out his work here, it’s fabulous.

A gentle dusk at East Fleet

Posted on Mar 13, 2014
A gentle dusk at East Fleet

Spent a very chilled hour or two down by the jetty at East Fleet, sadly more or less destroyed now by the recent storms. Not a very dramatic evening cloud wise, but the stillness was marvellous.

The Sonneteer

Posted on Mar 12, 2014
The Sonneteer

Quick shoot of Seb and Tom for Sebastian Michael’s forthcoming show The Sonneteer premiering at The Edinburgh Festival this summer.

Star Worshippers

Posted on Mar 12, 2014
Star Worshippers

After rather a drunken birthday dinner for the wife I persuaded everyone to trog up the steep hill behind the house to look at the stars. The moon was so bright we didn’t need torches. Getting seven drunk and giggling people up a hill in the middle of the night, and attempting to get them […]

Beer

Posted on Mar 4, 2014
Beer

Went for a very long walk today around Beer to try and get some coastal rock formation shots, but ended up back where I started and shooting HDR, which really isn’t me at all. Still not sure I get the point of HDR.

All dried out

Posted on Feb 27, 2014
All dried out

We could do with a bit of this right now! This was actually taken in a dry river bed in the mountains above the Atacama Desert, where it hardly ever rains, except unfortunately for the entire time I was there. This was the only sight not shrouded in mist and drizzle. I’d love to go […]

Midnight on the beach. West Bay. F16, 7 Minutes.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014
Midnight on the beach. West Bay. F16, 7 Minutes.

After tremendous storms battered the south coast of the UK at the weekend, with high winds, heavy rain and a high tide causing all sorts of mayhem, it was bizarrely peaceful the following night down on the beach. This is one of a series of images I shot between midnight and 1.30am around West Bay […]

Windy on the Cobb this morning… and wet!

Posted on Feb 4, 2014
Windy on the Cobb this morning… and wet!

  Wet on the Cobb today. Thanks to Clive Dodd for catching me getting soaked in the pursuit of a picture.

A stormy morning in Lyme Regis

Posted on Jan 9, 2014
A stormy morning in Lyme Regis

Sadly I missed the peak of the storm, but it was still fairly wild and beautiful by the time I got down to the beach. The one of the ‘hand-like’ wave is there just because I thought it looked like Poseidon reaching up from the deep, and of course I’m into hands…

Eype Beach. Canon 5D MKIII, 24mm, F18 224 secs

Posted on Dec 18, 2013
Eype Beach. Canon 5D MKIII, 24mm, F18 224 secs

Wandered down to the beach at Eype yesterday to see what I could see. I didn’t have an ND grad on me, so had to do with dodging the sky with my hand during this nearly four minute exposure. Came out ok.

Gaboon Viper. Canon 5D MKIII 1/400, f11. 173mm on 70-200 2.8

Posted on Dec 4, 2013
Gaboon Viper. Canon 5D MKIII 1/400, f11. 173mm on 70-200 2.8

With two inch long fangs and one of the heaviest venom loads on earth, the Gaboon Viper is not a snake you want to piss off. If it bites you, your skin and tissue simply rot away, which is not a good way to start the day. I shot this one in the bush on […]

Terry O’Neill – Photographer

Posted on Nov 29, 2013
Terry O’Neill – Photographer

Popped in to see Terry O’Neill in London this morning. What an extremely nice guy. Considering he’s rubbed shoulders with some of the greatest stars of the 20th century, it’s a delight to see that none of their egos rubbed off on him in the slightest. Kind, calm, interested and without a shred of conceit. […]

Lyme Regis yesterday morning

Posted on Nov 27, 2013
Lyme Regis yesterday morning

Photoshoot with Calista Robertson

Posted on Nov 25, 2013
Photoshoot with Calista Robertson

Calista is a rising young star – a great songwriter and performer who recently gigged with my wife in London. She came over to the house for a practice run-through and we did a quick shoot. No lights, just the good old UK weather. It still amazes me how many different looks you can get […]

Nicky Clarke – Hair Stylist

Posted on Nov 5, 2013
Nicky Clarke – Hair Stylist

Any preconceptions you might have about the fluffiness or vacuity of people working in the fashion arena would be quickly dispelled after spending any time with Nicky Clarke. I spent a delightful hour or so with Nicky and his partner Kelly shooting his hands and chatting about the world of photography, and of course hair. […]

Guy Busk – Shepherd

Posted on Nov 5, 2013
Guy Busk – Shepherd

If you sat back and tried to imagine what a shepherd might be like, then you’d very probably imagine someone like Guy Busk. Tough and gnarled, yet terribly gentle, soft spoken and yet authoritative, someone who is so at home in the hills that they are in essence a part of the countryside. He has […]

Betty Bull – Milkmaid

Posted on Oct 29, 2013
Betty Bull – Milkmaid

Betty Bull started milking cows straight after she left school at fourteen, back in 1944. She milked by hand, by the light of a paraffin lantern. She then carried the four gallon steel pails on a yolk across her shoulders (she claims this is why she’s so short) down the lane to the churns which […]

Paul Dare – Farmer

Posted on Oct 24, 2013
Paul Dare – Farmer

Paul Dare has farmed cattle in the Marshwood Vale in Dorset all his life, as did his father, his grandfather and his great grandfather.

Jodie Kidd – Supermodel

Posted on Oct 18, 2013
Jodie Kidd – Supermodel

Jodie Kidd in her garden at home. Whilst we may all know Jodie Kidd as one of the worlds top supermodels, you may not know that she’s a very accomplished polo player, a racing driver (and one of the fastest stars in a reasonably priced car on Top Gear) as well as a golfer. As […]

Anne McAneney – Trumpeter

Posted on Oct 14, 2013
Anne McAneney – Trumpeter

Anne McAneney has played in over 4,500 concerts, 41 different countries and has trumpeted for over 55,000 hours – that’s quite some commitment to music!

Tim Crook – Hand Surgeon

Posted on Oct 9, 2013
Tim Crook – Hand Surgeon

Tim Crook has sliced into over 4000 hands, he’s removed fingers, replaced fingers, fixed joints and tendons, you name it he’s done it. “The hand is endlessly fascinating, it’s designed to be so strong and at the same time so soft, to feel so much and yet withstand so much.” They revolutionised our evolution as […]

Sir Ranulph Fiennes – Explorer

Posted on Oct 8, 2013
Sir Ranulph Fiennes – Explorer

I was rather nervous of meeting Sir Ranulph Fiennes. He looks rather daunting in many of his portraits, but nothing could be further from the truth. We were to meet in Wiltons in Jermyn Street, but having scoped the location I was dismayed to discover there was zero light in the restaurant. Thankfully the staff […]

Michael Morpurgo – Author

Posted on Oct 4, 2013
Michael Morpurgo – Author

Author, writer, storyteller, I suppose they all mean more or less the same thing, but in the case of Michael Morpurgo I would have thought storyteller was the best description. I caught up with him in London this morning and managed to get a few minutes on a very grey day to shoot his hands. […]

Why Kickstarter is the most interesting shop on earth.

Posted on Oct 2, 2013

Most of the products we buy are inevitably mass-produced. Large companies cost a great deal to run, share holders demand healthy returns on their investment, and the chain of middle men and woman in the process of getting a product to market is long and hungry. It makes perfect sense, everyone in the chain needs […]

Across a crowded train…

Posted on Sep 25, 2013
Across a crowded train…

Young love, sigh…

Kenton Cool – Mountaineer

Posted on Sep 23, 2013
Kenton Cool – Mountaineer

Kenton Cool has summited Everest 11 times, and in 2007 reached the summit twice in a week. Considered to be the UK’s leading High Altitude Mountain guide, he has climbed many of the hardest and toughest mountains in the world. He’s a tremendously friendly guy and completely without a shred of ego, which is quite […]

Off the grid – iPhone

Posted on Sep 10, 2013
Off the grid – iPhone

I’ve just realised that of course I can’t really have been off the grid if I had my iPhone with me, forgive the oxymoron. We had no power all of yesterday so I took the dog for a walk along the coast. Just wish I’d had my real camera with me at the time, but […]

Jonathan Pryce – Actor

Posted on Sep 7, 2013
Jonathan Pryce – Actor

Jonathan Pryce at home in London. Good actors speak volumes with their hands, but imbuing a photograph with that message (and doing so in a just a few minutes) was not quite as easy as I thought it might be. I wanted to get across a little of “this wooden O”, and the idea that […]

My Dream Camera – what would yours be?

Posted on Sep 5, 2013

MY DREAM CAMERA I’m getting on a bit. I grew up with my hands deep in dev and selenium, playing with Tri-X and Seagull, and watching Bladerunner on TV. A film in which you could take a picture, view it on screen, zoom in, enhance it and print it. Pure science fiction, unimaginably cool, and […]

Tom Drury – Horseback Archer

Posted on Sep 4, 2013
Tom Drury – Horseback Archer

Tom Drury gets on a big horse, bareback, rides it at a gallop, lets go of the reins, fires a bow, and hits a target. How on earth? It’s a truly remarkable skill. And I thought it was hard just trying to get a picture…

Vanessa Brooks – Lay Midwife

Posted on Sep 4, 2013
Vanessa Brooks – Lay Midwife

I found Vanessa Brooks deep in a wood in Dorset where she had just been running a five day course on midwifery. She’s ‘caught’ (apparently you don’t deliver babies, you ‘catch’ them – “Delivery’s for pizzas”) over 400 babies in her life, all without a hitch. I didn’t realise that the term Midwife doesn’t actually […]

James Brent – Builder

Posted on Aug 30, 2013
James Brent – Builder

I only had a few minutes to shoot James Brent this morning as he was right in the middle of a job. Big hands, I think he thought I was a bit deranged.

Don’t blink, don’t blink, don’t blink…

Posted on Aug 27, 2013
Don’t blink, don’t blink, don’t blink…

It may be a little owl, but it still seemed determined to weird me out.

How to tell when you’re too close… 80mm, F10, 160th

Posted on Aug 27, 2013
How to tell when you’re too close… 80mm, F10, 160th

Up close and personal with a Ferruginous Hawk. Beautiful bird.

Tim Booth – Photographer

Posted on Aug 24, 2013
Tim Booth – Photographer

After countless people mentioning it I thought I’d better do a shot of my own hands. This was just going to be a quick test, my camera balanced on a hanky and set on a 10 second self timer, but actually I’m quite pleased with it. The camera is my father’s old Rollie that he […]

Sharon Bindon – Falconer

Posted on Aug 21, 2013
Sharon Bindon – Falconer

The level of mutual trust needed to hold a huge bird of prey in your bare hands is quite extraordinary. Those talons are designed to rip through bare flesh with consummate ease, and yet the bond Sharon Bindon has with her birds is so strong that all she gets is a few inevitable scratches. I […]

Gary Markwick – Palmist

Posted on Aug 19, 2013
Gary Markwick – Palmist

A sixty something Gary Markwick looks considerably younger than I do, so either he’s doing something right or I’m doing something wrong. He has the most bewitching hands, fine fingered with deeply lined palms making them perfect for the straight on shot I was after. He took my hand after the shoot and told me […]