You Can Now Buy My Photos

I have recently set up the ability for you to buy prints of my photos directly from the site under three main options.

Print Only

Prints are available in the following sizes.

  • 12″x18″
  • 20″x30″
  • 24″x36″

All images are Giclee prints produced on Somerset Enhanced Velvet White Matte 225gsm paper. This paper will not only provide the highest quality for the image, but will also ensure your photo has an excellent long life due to the archival properties of the paper, meaning your image will not fade for hundreds of years.

Framed Prints

Framed prints are available in the following sizes:

  • 12″x18″
  • 20″x30″
  • 24″x36″

The images are as per the print details above but these items come pre-framed, using a classic black wooden frame, and a 3″ plain white window mount.

Image Downloads

If you just want a high-res copy so that you can use the image as you wish, you can license a download at market rates. The copyright remains with me.

Most of the images are suitable for use as art in offices, restaurants etc, and the photos are also suitable for use in editorial or reportage.

I am currently running an offer where you can receive 15% off the listed price on your first purchase when you use voucher code “15%OFF” at the checkout.

Visit the Portfolio page to browse images for sale.

City & Guilds Portfolio 1

I’m currently studying for a City & Guilds, Level 2 Certificate in Image Capture. The deadline for our first portfolio is just two weeks away, and I’m happy to say that I have chosen, and edited my final 10 images. These will be printed out next week, but I thought I’d give you a chance to see the portfolio here.

Initially I wanted the images in this portfolio to reflect the different aspects of the City of London, so rich, poor, new, old, fast, slow, etc. However. as I went through the shots, I’ve ended up with more of an architectural study of various buildings across the Square Mile, although I’ve still tried to show the varied styles and ages that exist.

As all 10 shots were in landscape orientation I decided to set them up as five diptychs. Not that each pair of images are necessarily connected, but I feel they do have a nice balance.

This is actually the first portfolio that I have ever put together, so any comments or feedback would be much appreciated.

EDL March London

I went out and shot some scenes from the EDL March that took place in London on the 3rd September 2011. From what I saw it was mainly peaceful, but I only saw the march from Aldgate and over Tower Bridge as I understand there was some more trouble at Kings Cross Station and also around Bethnal Green later at night. The police did a firm job of keeping them kettled in.

All of these shots were taken on 35mm film. (Canon EOS 1V, EF 50mm f/1.8 II)

Sticky Singapore

Singapore was the first stop in a two week mini tour of Malaysia. I knew from my expat friends and hosts that for the next three nights the weather was going to be warm and humid. However this mental knowledge did not fully prepare me for the assault my body was subject to on leaving the beautifully air conditioned Changi Airport. I guess heat is relative, and this heat was nothing that I could relate to in the UK and I was happy to find myself within the cold shelter of a taxi in only a few minutes. Despite that, the sweat had already broken. Within a few minutes of dropping our bags at my friends’ condo, we found our selves over at the local hawker centre on Old Airport Road. For the second time in an hour, my senses were on high alert as this food court was full of amazing local food, with a taste and smell that would quickly become my staple diet for the next two weeks. As with the weather, when they say it’s hot, they mean HOT. Another friend of mine who had visited previously told me to ‘go brave’ at the hawker centre, which basically meant, try some fried feet, or stomach. Maybe I just wanted to acclimatise, or maybe I’m a wimp, but I passed on such delicacies for the time being, and stuck to a dish that would not have been out of place served at my local Chinese in East London.

A night struggling with jet lag soon saw the arrival of dawn, and once my friends had gone off to work, we headed back over to the hawker centre for some breakfast. Fried chicken and noodles for dinner is one thing, but it was going to take a while to get used to having it for breakfast as well. Our friends being accustomed to having guests stay and explore Singapore for a few days had some metro cards for us, and so we popped down to the nearest station to get catch a train into the city centre. There were two notable things about this metro. One, was the icey temperature that the air-con was pumping out, and two the cleanliness of both the stations and the trains. I hope Mr Boris Johnson visits before the London Olympics so he can see what an underground urban train system really looks like. We exited the metro to find that the temperature was now boiling, and being a blue eyed blond, I was already seeking out shade, but we both resigned ourselves to the fact that we would become sweaty messes and so started to explore.

The humidity and heat haze do not actually make Singapore a great place for photography, certainly for any long distance shots. A trip to the roof of the new $4.5bn Sands Marina Bay casino and hotel did offer great views for the tourist, but little opportunity for decent photos. Although I must admit, the infinity pool that was part of the hotel did look spectacular, and I’m sure coming up here at night would also offer some amazing views. So from here we decided to make a beeline to Chinatown and as the sun went down, the prospect for good photos went up. Located in Chinatown is one of Singapore’s most interesting temples. The Hindu Sri Mariamman Temple is adorned with many colourful characters, inside and out, with the gopuram (tower) being the most visible creation. It’s in these local districts that you see a different side to Singapore which is not all just glass and concrete skyscrappers as many people think. As would become a trend during this trip, local street markets soon offered themselves to be photographed accompanied by plenty of offers for tailored suits, and ‘quality’ cameras from local stall owners who thrive on Western tourism.

Some good advice from our hosts saw us taking the bus to Changi village, and then a bumboat over to Pulau Ubin. It’s said that visiting this island is like stepping back in time as it’s here you can glimpse one of the last visions of how Singapore would have looked like back in the 1960s. There’s not much from the modern world to be found here, and let’s hope it stays that way. Once we’d transfered to this small island we’d quickly secured a couple of hire bikes, water and a sense of adventure. I had taken my friends advice though, and upgraded to a superior bike for a whopping SD$15 (£7) which afforded me the luxury of both front, and back brakes. We hadn’t actually cycled more than 20 metres before we were off the bikes and snapping away at shrines, and wildlife. It was probably at this point that the mosquitoes saw fresh lunch, and started their feast as by nightfall my legs were bitten to hell. As I’ve mentioned before it was hot, so cycling around with a backpack full of water bottles, sunscreen and camera gear in the midday sun was perhaps not the best idea on paper, but the experience was very much worth it. This was like a tropical safari tour on bikes where the local wildlife and human population stared at us in equal measure whilst a couple of telephoto lenses stared back. After we’d returned the bikes we took the wise decision to sit down and get some much needed fluid, which in this case took the form of fresh coconut juice.

For some Singapore is just too clean and modern, but if you look in the right places, you will find a deeper history. Certainly places like Raffles Hotel are full of colonial interest and I found it hard not to be impressed with the place. One thing is certain, and that’s Singapore is a great base from which to explore further parts of South East Asia, helped by the good, cheap, but very often late, budget airline, AirAsia. And so, it was quickly enough, that we found ourselves heading over to the huge island of Borneo, and to Kota Kinabalu.

Malaysia Part 1: Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu, which was previously called Jesselton, is the capital of the state of Sabah, and is the arrival port for the vast majority of visitors going over to Malaysian Borneo. To be honest it’s not really the prettiest of places with the vast amount of the town being built from dull slabs of concrete. This is very much a gateway for the further attractions of climbing Mount Kinabalu, or going to see the Orangutans.

As with most of Asia, you will find a host of street markets in Kota Kinabalu, many of which come to life after the sun goes down. Up towards the harbour is a food market where locals cook up an amazing array of locally caught fish, along with plenty of chicken satay skewers. Anyone who knows me will correctly assume I stuck to the skewers. With pretty much everything being fried, the air was thick with smoke and the scent of cooked spices. Most of the stalls had a collection of table and chairs behind their stoves, and we eventually chose a place to sit down and eat. Despite Kota Kinabalu being very much on the tourist trail, the locals still eye you with some curiosity.

A few minutes walk south, there’s another huge market. This one selling not just cooked food, but tons of exotic fruit and veg, along with a lot of local craft. What struck me was how many stalls were selling exactly the same thing with nothing to differentiate themselves from one another. I can’t imagine they turn much of a profit. You also notice that a lot of these markets are selling the same local handmade items. I saw the same bits of local craft here in Kota Kinablau, and also at markets in Kula Lumpur. This does make you question just how handmade they are.

It’s not all food and drink though, as a number of the stalls were also selling clothes and jewellery. Unfortunately, most of this is just fake replicas with very little of it being of any interest. It’s hard to say whether these markets exist for tourists or locals, but it is sad that they believe it’s these fake Western products they believe might be of most interest to you. It was at this point that we were subject to a massive torrential downpour whilst walking through the market. At the first sign of a breeze getting up, the stall owners were quickly packing up their goods, but despite being well practised they still hand’t finished when the heavens opened. We managed to take shelter under a stall canopy for a short while but ultimate had to leave, and ended up getting completely drenched on a 5 minute walk back to the hotel.

However, Kota Kinabalu isn’t just all markets. Just off the coast and reached via a very bumpy and violent bumboat ride, are a number of small islands. We paid a visit to two of the smaller ones, Pulau Manukan and Pulau Mamutik. There is some snorkelling here, although the coral is unfortunately largely dead. Despite that, there were still a good number of tropical fish swimming around who had no qualms in giving you a little nip with sharp teeth.

Two nights in this town, is probably enough.

Fujifilm Superia 200

Since I started using film, I’ve mainly been using the stock films from Boots. (still need to find out who makes these.) However, I’ve recently started trying out some different rolls, which is half the fun of shooting film right?

So yesterday I got the prints back of my first roll of Fujifilm Superia 200, which I shot with on my Canon EOS 1V.

Overall I’m really impressed with the colours, which in places show some good strong levels of saturation and a really sharp image. However the film also seems to be quite versatile as when the shot is devoid of many colours they come out with a nice soft feel.

It does seem to lose colour saturation though when the scene is very bright, but I guess this is not uncommon.

You can see some shots below.



Favourite Photographers

I became interested in taking photos, long before I became aware of, and admired others peoples work. Maybe now though, I have a better appreciation for what it takes to shoot a great photo, and how I wish my work could be more like some of those I see in books, and on screen. I’m also inspired by these photographers, as they show me what a truly great photo looks like, but also how it’s sometimes the most simplest of shots that capture the moment, or individual.

At the moment I’m leaning towards Eddie Adams as my favourite photographer as I just find some of his war shots so harrowing and thought provoking. The featured photo in this post, is probably the most famous of Eddie Adams’ work taken during the Vietnam war and shows General Nguyễn Ngọc Loan executing Viet Cong prisoner Nguyễn Văn Lém.

Eddie Adams On The Saigon Execution Photo

You’ll see that I’ve also added a section to this site of photography books from various photographers, so be sure to take a look.

So what about you, do you have a favourite photographer?

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Lomography X-Pro Slide 200

A friend of mine @kris247photo got some Lomography X-Pro Slide 200 for her Lomo Fisheye 2 the other day, and I’ve persuaded her to let me try one of the films. I wont be using this in my Diana+ but rather my AE1-Program. It seems that some people think that the Lomo branded film is something special to be used with their cameras, but this roll is in fact based on the discontinued Agfa RSX 200 emulsion, and is therefore perfectly fine to use in any 35mm camera.

I’m really interested to see what type of shots it produces for two reasons. 1) the fact that this film will produce high levels of colour saturation giving that old style cross-process (hence X-Pro) feel that is very popular these days, and 2) it will produce slides and not standard negative prints. If like me, your experience of slide film might be having to sit through a slide show of your parents holiday snaps. So you might recall that these shots are not printed out, but are mounted in a small white case. These little cases will sit in a slide projector for the images to be beautifully beamed onto a wall or screen. Cool hey!

Once I’ve gone out a taken some shots, I’ll post some photos up soon.

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