Brousse-le-Chateaux, the prettiest village in France

Brousse-le-Chateaux, the prettiest village in France

Interviewer: Brousse-le-Chateaux, by the river Tarn in Aveyron, is supposed to be one of the prettiest villages in France. You went there, with your wife and children and grandchildren, on a perfect August day, blue skies and sunshine, not a cloud in the sky - what does that mean for you, as a photographer? Do [...]

Dusk, Kalk Bay – the follow-on

Dusk, Kalk Bay – the follow-on

Interviewer: Last time we spoke, you ducked out of answering questions about this image. Perhaps this time you'd oblige? (Click on images to enlarge) Me: Ok. Ambient light. Interviewer: Ambient light? Me: Yup. I don't have a controlled light environment where I work, so the ambient light has a big effect on how I perceive [...]

In the Parque Natural de la Sierra de Grazalema

In the Parque Natural de la Sierra de Grazalema

One of the best decisions we made on our trip to Spain was to head off the main road from Sevilla to Ronda, and take a detour through the Parque Natural de la Sierra de Grazalema. The 'park' is an area of wild beauty, rugged, steep, sheer, spectacular, dotted with isolated farmsteads and whitewashed pueblos [...]

Zahara de la Sierra – Castles in the Sky

Zahara de la Sierra – Castles in the Sky

Between Sevilla and Ronda lies the Parque Natural Sierra de Grazalema, a rugged, mountainous country of dramatic views and towering skies, where pueblos blancos - the white villages - cling to the rock. This is Zahara de la Sierra, where we stopped for lunch.  

La Giralda, Sevilla

La Giralda, Sevilla

Seville Cathedral stands on the site of a great mosque, built by the Almohads in the 12th century. It is the largest cathedral in Europe. Its bell-tower, La Giralda, was in its original incarnation a minaret, on top of which were erected a Christian belfry and Christian symbols. You climb La Giralda not by stairs [...]

Photography Analogue and Digital

Photography Analogue and Digital

The world I was born into was analogue. That meant film: in my case, mostly Kodak Tri-X, or Ilford FP4. Tri-X for when you wanted to "push" the film speed, where the light was low, or where you wanted a contrasty, journalistic effect or - I shall come back to this in a moment – [...]

Flight – Five Images

Flight – Five Images

Little Egret - Marievale.   Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Gauteng. I left in the power lines and pylons deliberately, as well as traces of the reeds and the trees, as I wanted to give a sense of the complex environment - not stereotypical, picture-postcard countryside - in which these birds live. Nikon D500, 70-300mm. Processed in [...]