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My year in pictures

Saw in the New Year in Barcelona.







Spent part of Feb. in New York.







In March I enjoyed a trip down to Deal with my old Rolleiflex.









Met a Chelsea Pensioner while photographing the Soldiering On Awards and visited him in April.








A holiday in sunny Skye in May.


My first horse race in June – the Epsom Derby







A wedding in July.







Photographed actor Alex Donald in Aug




A trip to Brittany in September.







Bought a 1949 Speed Graphic camera in Oct.









Started developing colour film in Nov.







No tropical holiday in December.






Hope your year had some great highlights too. Wishing you all the best for 2018.


Shooting with Idris Elba

A dull Monday morning. A free hour or so and a couple of rolls of film to shoot.

What better way to pass the time than team up with a friend and hang around your local council estate?


Mia petal

Mia portrait

And it turns out Idris Elba also had at the same idea – a film crew were setting up a shoot on the estate for a 1980s comedy called In The Long Run that’s going out on Sky next year.

We didn’t actually see Idris, but Mia has a certain star quality, I think.

The tide is low

Autumn sunshine lured me out to Richmond with a couple of old medium format film cameras*.

The Thames was exceptionally low as they had opened the weir at Teddington.

This brought the detectorists out.

This chap found a Victorian half sovereign.

Stopped off in the park on the way home.

I’ve added a couple more shots here.

*Rolleiflex and Fujica GL690


Cut through London’s Chinatown on Sunday, shooting with longer lens for a change, after I read that Saul Leiter often used a 150mm lens for his wonderful street scenes.


Sad to see an old favourite restaurant, the New World, has been closed down on health grounds. An infestation of mice. Thought that black bean sauce was a bit chewy…

Anywhere, there are a few more pics here:

A week in Brittany

A few images from Ploumanac’h, Douarnenez and the Gulf of Morbihan.

More images here

(A mix of film and digital.)

Hope you enjoy 🙂

The next Bond?

Bad boy actor Alex Donald lighting up the screen.

Well past it

I picked up an old Nikon F2 from Portobello Market today.

Like me, it used to be a workhorse of the newspaper industry but is now obsolete.

Joseph who runs the stall chucked in a roll of Kodak Tri-X for me, which also turned out to be well past it – nearly 42 years in fact.


Aout 75

I overexposed it by a stop, but it I’ve no idea how what’s going to come out of the developing tank. The enigma of decay…


Here’s a couple of shots from the roll. Joseph said it would be “soft, dreamy, very artistic.”