The efforts people go to to get rid of a sofa... Miles from anywhere a welcome insert into my project and may be my favorite sofa image.



I'm all for photographing empty streets during the present crisis, but streets void of people is something I have always done. 
I would get people to disappear through long exposure, or a very short one, so now it almost feels like cheating..

Anyway, there's always time for photography, whatever the situation..


Working Titles

Now fully emerged into my project; 'A Day In The Desert', or maybe 'Mojave Friday' or 'Friday Mojave' or Desert Day Friday (working titles), the scale of it continues to evolve.
Despite working as I always have, within a boundary, the Mojave Desert reaches as far as Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon, so there is plenty of room for growth.

Pictured here are several from the last couple of weeks.


What to do..

 Seems like there is no better time to head to the desert for a time of solitude away from the present mass hysteria..

I have mentioned several times before on here of how a project can change it's vernacular over time. What started as a day out with a camera has become something else entirely..


Throughout photography's brief history there are countless examples of how recording, documenting, or simply making images at a certain time, can give us an insight we would not necessarily had of life's unplanned events.
 My spinal surgery recovery view 2007

Very often we see no point in recording life and its events when its all doom and gloom, but looking back at the things I have personally recorded, I'm glad I did. 
9 Days. 2018-


It was a good day.

Desert bound again, this time with my good friend Ant.
I cannot abide self portraits of photographers, but this is OK.
Ant is one of those talented people who can use a camera phone to the best of its ability, using it as a tool rather than a gimmick. Quite the contrast to me cradling my big 6-17 film camera like a metal and glass baby..


We cannot 'capture' memories through photography. But without it our memories cease to exist. 

Doyle 2020


Into the Blue

It's been quite a few moons since I last shot a Doyle Blue.
As the days get longer and twilight falls at a more acceptable hour, I may just get out the big tripod.


Note to self: Make note of where and when you made an image..


Some projects come and go, and some just never die..

 Mojave 2020
Some projects come and go, and some just never die..
My, Take Your Seat, and Vehicular Landscape have been on the go for quite some time now. They were started without intention, made without intention, and will probably continue, without intention. As long as I still get that little thrill each time I see a chair in the middle of nowhere, or some car oddity, I shall no doubt continue..

Mojave 2020
HWY 2, CA 
Maybe its the calling of the Scottish Highlands, maybe its just me, but nothing beats driving through a dramatic mountain range. If you can stop and breath it all in, even better...



I have been using the same focal length for as long as I can remember. For those in the know, its always been 35mm, or the equivalent. Just wide enough not to distort or make things seem miles away.. In my opinion its the nearest you can get to the way we naturally see things with our eyes.
The other day I tried out a real wide boy, at least for me. At 21mm, it was like being given a camera for the first time, but of course, once I got my head around its sheer wideness I was off..


31st Jan at 11.00pm..

North Shores. 2010-2012
I have always been intrigued by how an image can deliver a very different message over time.
Just a  towel left out to dry on the coast of Scotland ten years ago could now be seen as some metaphor regarding the UK's leaving the EU.
This begs the question of how many images do we look at today that give us a totally different message that was originally intended..


108 project. John Muir Way, Torness. 2011

It was cold, it was wet, it was dark. But I still have a fondness for my 108 series. This image was made at the end of the route walking from the East Coast of Scotland to the West along the border (line).
This particular image never even made the final edit, but the relief of finishing the trip still resides each time I look at it.



LA. Jan 2020
What may seem at first to be a simple run of the mill image from my vehicular Landscape series is in fact something which has taken me over a year to produce.
The devastating Woolsey fire in November 2019 was a horrendous event made only worse by the onslaught of idiots and media whores trying to snap a celebrity returning to their burnt down house somewhere in Malibu. As a place we frequented every weekday it was both shocking and sad and took sometime before we made that first trip through the burnt hills and witness the full scale and devastation the fires left behind.
The image above represents one of the last (thankfully) remaining reminders of the fires that year. As the charred land renewed itself the burnt out car became rust and left the question, what happened here?

Sometimes I need to remind myself  that a photograph should always ask a question..


Lets get started.

Whether mentoring MFA students or lecturing on what it means to be a photographer, I always enjoy the return to basic photography 101. The simplicity of working with a roll of black and white film, processing it, and the final printing stage still triggers those happy times when I was careless and fancy free with only a 35mm camera for company.
I always like to start the semester undertaking the same project as my students and this year was no exception.
So few students these days will ever know the skills required to make photographs way back when everything had to be done by hand and took a long time and the camera didn't do everything for you.
I do believe that technology (logy; meaning sluggish) often only serves to make people lazy, and photography is no different.
Sometimes its good to start from the very beginning.



The dusty desert roads of the Mojave are still calling, so much so that a new series has been created;
A Day In The Desert. 
Sticking with the 6-17 format has given the project what it needed as the long format, unique contrast, vignetting on the edges and other goodies is something which cannot be easily replicated digitally.
Technically the project is a total departure from my past work. Shooting in the middle of the day in bright sunshine and hand holding is a bit like shooting with a big fat compact camera from the 80's. But as I always say; "It doesn't matter how you get there...Just get there."


As an Englishman I have always believed that, like a long country stroll, a day out with a camera should always end with some kind of small reward. With me, and many others, this usually involves food or some kind of beverage be it coffee, tea, or even a fruity cocktail.

  Mojave 2020.

Long live the Road Trip in all it comfort food goodness..