Moments and moods captured across cultures, wild space photographic adventures and continents.
Several days of serious adventure travel across the Tibetan highlands brought me to this remote spot and these curious children. Weathered by the extremes of altitude and weather these children appear older than they are. Communities like this offer ideal photographic opportunities if you can demonstrate a level of respect that goes beyond handing out cash. Shot on film with wide angle Leica.
Nothing represents vastness as much as open space. In this view towards the distant Pacific Cordillera mountains I intentionally positioned the spectacular range at the bottom of the frame to make them seem small by comparison to the vastness of the skies above. It's an interpretation of landscape photography that says as much about the mountains as it does for the sky above.
This is one of my all time favourite wild spots where I simply wonder, marvel, admire, contemplate and unplug. When the clouds roll in there are often opportunities for spectacular landscape photography. In this wide angled capture I specifically wanted to record not just the far view, but also the level of detail visible through the shallow water. The camera is placed barely above water and set for a slow shutter speed to smooth the water as much as possible. The rock sticking up to the left of centre is about three feet away from camera and about as large as a medium sized dog. I processed this image to create an other-world fantasy feel, a sense of a land beyond reality.
A beautiful wildcat photographed from a great low angle viewpoint below the tree. The beauty of such a close sighting is that one does not need a huge zoom or telephoto lens, a real photographic treat.
I have a deep affinity for the African continent and have explored much of it. Equally I have a deep respect for wild open spaces and the animals that roam them and live there. I have spent long enough in these spaces to know that there is no such thing as planning the perfect wildlife shot. Despite all best efforts we have no control over the animals, which makes a capture like this all the more rewarding. Shot from close up in the Kruger Park it's a lucky moment to add to my collection.
Yes, this image is not retouched. I captured it one evening after some lengthly planning for when the light might be perfect. Of course air pollution is a major factor affecting photography in many countries in Asia, so one has to make assumptions based upon winds, seasonal temperatures, light quality, and of course time of day. Happy to say I got it mostly right on this occasion.
This scene is one of the most endearing visual moments I've encountered. Walking through a busy Bangkok market before sunrise I encountered this small boy fast asleep among his mother's produce. All around him, his mother and all other vendors, prepared their wares, moved and swapped baskets, packaged vegetables and dispatched orders. It was a moment I had to capture but made challenging by structural poles, intruding objects and vegetables too. I shot this from above because I wanted to highlight the sense of isolation that enwrapped the child, the sense that although he was merely feet from his mother, he was equally far removed in his oblivion.
This photograph was somewhat planned. At the time of an annual Buddhist festival I specifically visited this popular temple in Thailand with this kind of image in mind. I knew there would be a procession of worshippers around the external perimeter of the building, all I had to do was wait for the light and hope that the weather held out in my favour. I wanted to capture the movement with a slow shutter speed to emphasise the continuous flow of the ritual. The blurred movement of the devoted worshippers is further offset against the white stupa which in turn is isolated against the moody evening sky. The wide angled approach which distorts the perspective of the buildings towards the sky, also echoes the 'heavenly' emphasis of the occassion.
There is quite often a certain amount of guilt in being a photographer who records street life and this moment highlighted it perfectly. In an outer city alley in early morning Bangkok I came across this perfectly lit scene. It was striking not just because of the way the subjects were being lit by the morning sun, but because of it's jarring reality in terms of social documentary photography. In moments like this one is at the mercy of the light, and it changes quickly. It's all a very personal choice. I chose to grab the pic, pause, stop and listen a while before offering some compensation for my rude intrusion. But the guilt still lingers.
One of those lovely moments that makes landscape photography compelling. I was travelling in the mountains of the Western Cape hoping to find such a scene. When I looked in the rear view mirror I realised that I was driving away from the very scene I was seeking. A quick u-turn and an impromptu use of the car roof as a tripod enabled me to get this shot before the light changed and it disappeared altogether.
I'm a natural explorer, and have often, time and again, proved to myself how worthwhile it is to get out and wonder on foot. On a rather remote New Zealand peninsula I came across this harbour scene only because I made the effort to explore the area on foot. The drag marks made in the mud by the hull were what captivated me. But the mud itself was a huge challenge. Standing on a rather dilapidated wooden pier I was able to lean out far enough to capture the boat and still get some of the mud tracks behind in the overall photograph.
Festivals are great opportunities for cross cultural photography. You will almost always find interesting characters in traditional dress or costume. Most often people are willing to talk and generally pleased that you are at all interested in their culture. But, rather than just poking a camera in someone's face, make an effort to understand the occasion, and their rituals too. And more than anything, if you want to photograph a 'relaxed' portrait, be genuine.
Taken in the western Free State province of South Africa, this winter image is a perfect reflection of a typical day. Bright clear blue sky days, with hugely varying temperatures. I love the vastness of the space with a road I never had the chance to fully explore, and the harsh light that comes with the midday heat.
It doesn't look like it but it is one of the highest mountains in the UK. Partially hidden behind a bare tree to emphasise the winter bleakness of the landscape, it's becoming a favourite spot.