The first in an occasional series, documenting our brutalist power stations. These were the first photos taken on my new Canon 500D, working in RAW format for the first time and edited in Apple’s Aperture. I wasn’t listening to KT Tunstall when I took them, though (sorry, KT!). “Blue Veils and Golden Sands” by Delia Derbyshire seemed more appropriate...
Psychedelic time tunnels can have a big effect on a child’s imagination. Back in the 1960s and 70s Bernard Lodge struck terror into children of my generation with the first five title sequences for Doctor Who (to this day much celebrated design classics). The materials he used to develop the Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker sequences included polarising filters, stretched polythene and a light box. Fascinated by the dramatic possibilities of using such simple materials, I created some abstract art quite different from my usual subject matter. Mr Lodge is now a print maker of considerable flair and talent, and I was delighted to meet him at a recent art fair and thank him for his contribution to all those childhood nightmares!
Given the grey weather we often seem to have in the UK I thought you’d appreciate some nostalgia for spring time. The colours are pretty vivid at this time of year, so if you have sunglasses or safety goggles you might want to put them on before opening these photos. If you really want to get into the spirit of it, you might also consider making a pot of Earl Grey tea and some cucumber sandwiches. And play the Charleston on your gramophone. Topping day, what?
I bought a macro lens in 2008, so summer was all about experimentation and opportunism, photographing anything and everything that looked even vaguely interesting. The dragonflies at Leonardslee were very cheerful and patient, despite one having had a wing nibbled by a hungry toad.
The most rewarding shoot I’ve yet undertaken, and 10 weeks in the making, these photos follow my favourite season from the emeralds of August to the burning scarlets of November. One cold October day, on the number 17 bus to Leonardslee, a fellow traveller questioned the wisdom of visiting the gardens after their glorious spring season: “No point in visiting after May - it’s just trees!” he spluttered incredulously. How right he was. And then some.
In Hove we have terrific sunsets and a civilised family of swans who’ve made Hove lagoon their home. They can often be seen flying in formation against the industrial backdrop of Shoreham harbour. I’m saving “Gas-Fired Power Stations That Shook the World” for another day, so I confined my compositions to the beach and lagoon, and - in a staggering display of laziness - my own garden.
Old monuments interest me, and occasionally I visit remote locations to record the work of the dead, hopefully showing them in a slightly different light. A mix of colour and black & white highlights the imposing texture of the subjects, while moody skies add to the wintry atmosphere. The Stonehenge photos continue to be the most popular in my portfolio. A music video accompanies this set of images. See the youtube link below.
It’s a very British thing, visiting a landscaped garden on a Sunday afternoon. Sedate walks, time spent admiring the flowers, tea and sandwiches and endless torrential rain. My childhood was full of days like that, but now I can be found wandering the same gardens with my camera on improbably sunny afternoons. And if I’m not in the gardens I’ll be in the tea room with a pot of tea and a fruit scone.