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My Humble Hommage to Howlett

We have all iconic, powerful images that stick in our mind. There are several that I can’t forget, and one such image is by Robert Howlett, English photographer. Many of you will have seen it, the iconic portrait of the great Victorian engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, taken in 1857, part of a commission by The Illustrated…

Images of Dillington

I’ve just posted my first video on YouTube. It’s a colourful and diverse selection of lovely images taken by participants from the Photography Workshops I ran at Dillington House, Ilminster, Somerset in July 2016. Some very imaginative and beautiful images were taken by those taking part over two days. I hope you enjoy and please forward…

The Romantic and Ravishing Rowan

I love this part of summer when the late blooms appear and especially when the rowan berries appear on the trees. The Rowan or Mountain Ash‘s myths go back to Classical times. The rowan is also prominent in Norse mythology as the tree from which the first woman was made, (the first man being made from…

Marvellous Moments at Marlborough College Summer School (MCSS)

Just back from my second annual visit to MCSS, and what a great week it was. I met some wonderful people over the six days, staff, fellow tutors and course attendees. My course ‘THE HEAT IS ON’, about the Anthropocene, went well with some positive feedback from a small but enthusiastic group who enjoyed discussing the…

Dillington’s Delicious Delights

The new Dillington brochure for July 2016 – June 2017 is now out. I am delighted it has featured my 4 photography workshops, 2 weekend courses and 2 public lectures during the new season. So if you fancy a fantastic few days in a stunning Somerset country house, with beautiful gardens, sumptuous 5* accommodation and mouthwatering…

Photography In The Park

Ran a Photography Workshop at Wepre Park in Flintshire, N Wales today. Super bunch of people who learned a few tips and techniques, took some impressive photos around the park, but also had a lot of fun and a few laughs. Even the rain couldn’t dampen our spirits. If anyone is interested in joining a…

You Can’t Believe All You Read In The Press

I was sitting outside in the garden last night, enjoying the sun whilst reading the local newspaper before I set off for a talk I thought I was doing. Then I saw this article in the What’s On Page of the newspaper. Looked like they had arranged a replacement speaker, a Brian Anders, who is a…

Capturing the iconic Flying Scotsman

Capturing the iconic Flying Scotsman? Yes, I finally managed to see and photograph Britain’s most iconic steam locomotive, the Flying Scotsman, this afternoon, as she steamed along the North Wales coast line. A stunning piece of engineering, it was a sheer joy to see her, feel, smell and hear her as she thundered below us…

“In all things in nature there is something of the marvellous”

Aristotle got it absolutely right in his quote “In all things in nature there is something of the marvellous”. Meteorological summer began a few days back and the abundance of activity and growth in our flora has been quite stunning over the last few weeks. I think as we get older we notice the seasonal…

Here blushing Flora paints th’ enamell’d ground

‘ Here blushing Flora paints th’ enamell’d ground ‘ Alexander Pope @ 1704 from poem ‘Windsor Park’   Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew have estimated that some 390,900 plants are known to science. Here are a few of the magical plants I have photographed on 5 continents, from the Arctic to Antarctica, and…

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