Lubnaclach Cottage - photocatalyst

Lubnaclach: the cottage on the moor

Take the train from Glasgow to Fort William and you climb up from the shores of the Clyde estuary, high up above the sea lochs of the Firth, climbing up through Loch Lomond National Park and climbing up through the glens and around the contours of the mountains of the […]


Cabot Tower: Bristol from Brandon Hill

I was asked for my top Bristol recommendations for a first time visitor. One of them has to be climbing the Cabot Tower on Brandon Hill. I’ve not tired of this free folly viewpoint since finding it as a first year student 15 years ago. Bristol’s blessed with topology, which […]


Destitution Road again: return to Fain House

The Destitution Road crosses the Fain — high boggy moorland in Dundonnell, Wester Ross-shire, under An Teallach mountain in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland. My brain keeps wanting to autocorrect it to the Desolation Road, for its remote and isolated situation on empty, open moorland — empty except for the […]


York’s High Petergate - photocatalyst

A winter supersaver to York

I’m not quite sure how I’ve never made it to York before now, at least, not to step off the train. So when Virgin Trains offered £5 advance tickets over the winter it seemed like a good one to tick off the diminishing list of UK cities left to shoot. […]


Lines in the landscape at Goring Gap in the Chiltern Hills

Goring is one of those South Eastern villages that would probably be quite nice if they weren’t being pulled into the black hole of London, despite the best efforts of the green belt, so that they feel slightly too full with people and traffic and money for their size. All […]


A misty autumn morning on lake Windermere

When I’ve been to the Lake District before, I’ve mainly explored the Northern Lakes region around Derwent Water, Ullswater and Buttermere, and my only blog about the other end of the National Park until now has been a slightly tongue-in-cheek dig at Windermere’s comparative privatisation. But that was based on […]


Ships and stunts at Bristol Harbour Festival 2016

I’m very behind on blogging events and shoots, like the Bristol Harbour Festival that we went west for in July. For cranes, trains, boats and bunting, including displays from tall ships and steam tugs, minesweepers and fireboats, as the old city docks hosted vintage vessels for harbourside spectators. We rode […]


Slea Head Ride to Kerry’s Dunquin Pier

When I was nine or ten the family toured the wild, remote Atlantic west coast of Ireland, from Cork to Kerry and the far western point of Europe on the Dingle Peninsula. I had vague memories and a grainy scan of a print of an outlandish road winding down steep […]


The Foxes of West Kilburn

My desk overlooks the West Coast Main Line as it approaches Euston station through London’s inner suburbs of West Kilburn, between Kensal Green and Queen’s Park. Every evening, as the light begins to fade and photography gets difficult, the fox family emerge from their den, hidden in the scruffy overgrown […]


Pride in London Parade, 2016

On 25 June the streets of central London’s West End, from Soho to Whitehall, filled with flags and facepaint for the 44th Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade. A day after the multicultural international metropolis woke to the news of the narrow Brexit result of the EU referendum vote. And a […]