The Fog On The Thames

Foggy Morning

View From London Bridge

First photograph I have taken in several months but I couldn’t resist this scene with the sun starting to burn through the fog, slowly revealing Tower Bridge in the background. This time I have left the picture in colour, though the extreme lighting has rendered the picture almost black and white anyway.

Posted in Uncategorized

A couple of new images

Seems like a long time since I posted any pictures so here are a couple of new pictures.

Thinking

Thinking

 

Cyclist Reflection

Cyclist Reflection

Posted in Uncategorized

Sunshine and Shadows

I often enjoy photographing in flat subdued lighting but we have been deprived of birght sunny weather for so long that it was great for a change to see some strong shadows and harsh lighting.

Shadows and Sunshine

Shadows and Sunshine

Posted in Uncategorized

Sharpness Is A Bourgeois Concept

Sharpness is a bourgeois concept” said Henri Cartier-Bresson. Though he probably said it at least partially in jest, I think it is a very good point. Perhaps more now than ever. Digital photography seems to have driven many advances in image quality and while, as a photographer, this is hardly something to complain about; it has meant that some people have become fixated on technical issues to the exclusion of all else. First and foremost the photograph should communicate a story or an emotion but too many people look at a photograph purely on its technical merits. I spent some time on the below photograph (trust me I did) trying to get exactly the effect I wanted and sharpness was definitely not something I was striving for. See some more images in this vein in the New gallery of the web site.

Bishopsgate

Bishopsgate

Posted in Uncategorized

Let Me Die In My Footsteps

Let Me Die In My Footsteps

Striding Out

 

The most personal set of images on this website is titled “Let me die in my footsteps”. This derives from a Bob Dylan song about the cold war, detailing how people’s lives and politics are being driven by fear but the singer refuses to go in to hiding. Anyone who lived through 9/11, especially those working in the finance world could not fail to be affected by the events. Politicians have used those events to try and spread fear and to try and justify the erosion of hard won freedoms. The pictures are inspired by Dylan’s words of defiance:

I will not go down under the ground
 ‘Cause somebody tells me that death’s comin’ ’round
 An’ I will not carry myself down to die
 When I go to my grave my head will be high
 Let me die in my footsteps
 Before I go down under the ground
 
Posted in Politics, Projects