I'd like to start with a quote from W.H. Auden, whose relevance
should become apparent as you read on,
“What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and
I took my first snaps in Spain in the late 60's using a DIANA camera
with 120 format B&W film, I was young and it was more a case of
“oooh, look at that... <click>”, it wasn't until about a decade later
that I began to develop an interest in photography and purchased a
fully manual 35mm Praktica SLR.
I can't claim much artistic development in those early years, but I
did learn a lot about the technical aspects of photography such as
F-stops, shutter speed, ASA (now ISO) and pin sharp focus (I still
miss the split screen and micro-prism ring).
But enough nostalgia, I've switched to digital which, in my mind
has reached an exciting point where not only is it capable of out-
performing film but also offers the advantage of higher picture
volumes and the flexibility and convenience of the digital darkroom.
I quickly realised I was getting lost in the endless possibilities of
digital so have recently concentrated on developing (or perhaps
discovering) my own artistic style.
My interests are many, from macro shots to aerial photography and
I've recently been challenging myself to post pictures on the go via
Twitter, so see my Twitter stream (@Scenefromwithin or on the
right) to share in my photographic exploration and play.
The Norfolk Broads have long been a love of mine but living on the
Solent, you'll see that many of my pictures are taken around
Portsmouth, Southampton and Hill Head, with occasional forays
I use several cameras, which fulfil different needs, with my
favourite “take-everywhere” (well, most places) being a Fujifilm X-
E1, whereas for premeditated shots, I tend towards my Canon 60D
SLR and associated lenses, which I love using but is too bulky to
carry with me on a regular basis.
In 2008 I developed my ground based aerial photography business
and built all my own equipment for hoisting the camera aloft, either
using a large kite or a 30 foot carbon composite pole, using full
remote control and live viewfinder video feed back on the ground
to frame images. Please see my other site ‘Scene from above’ for
more info on my services.
I like to create, I like to experiment and I want to find different
ways to capture thoughts, feelings or ideas, as visual moments,
offering a second chance to stop and stare, to reflect on what there
is to see in this world and perhaps, to consider things never
My images cover a wide range of genres and while some were
specifically taken with framing in mind, most are available for
purchase in a variety of sizes, please get touch to enquire.
I'll end as I began, with W.H. Auden,
“A poor life this if, full of care, we have no time to stand and
Wishing you all a rich and interesting life.
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