Thursday, 28 July 2016


Back in the outdoors after weeks of food/portrait work, some final Teesdale images needed, maybe have a look around Weardale too, before selecting images for various things in the autumn.  And the autumn is almost upon us.

Looking forward to a night at The Calf House too, magical place to re-charge batteries.

More news about Brougham Hall event and exhibition at Bowlees Visitor Centre soon.

Sunday, 17 April 2016


Busy last week photographing food at Castle Arms Inn at Snape, and a Hospice Ladies Day - squeezed in a little DSLR film in between, a first for me.

Invested in a new rucksack for my kit, despite running repairs the old Lowe Pro finally disintegrated after 12 years or so.  Replaced  with a new one.

Out and about working on photographs for my exhibition in October.  Pleased to have solrd a framed landscape at The Teesdale Hotel, Middleton.  Still some there for sale, and a cracking place for food, especially Sunday lunch.  Dropping in soon with a replacement framed photograph.

Looking forward to another darkroom printing session soon.  Loads to do, as usual, enjoying every minute of it.

Saturday, 6 February 2016



I've been enjoying burlesque as performance for a couple of years now, but have only photographed it recently.  These artistes performed at The Hidden Kitten Club, Newcastle upon Tyne, in January 2016.

Saturday, 9 May 2015


Off to support Coral Calypso on the fine art of burlesque tonight.  She's quite a talent, emerging tonight into her first paid professional gig.

Looking forward to seeing tonight's costume, which I funded for the little bugger!  Last time out the angel wings were spectacular, but there's a new theme, show and costume every time with Coral.💃

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

My Son - Cham Temples

Yesterday I visited the World Heritage Site at My Son.  The Cham civilisation flourished in Vietnam a couple of thousand years ago, and this site represented the finest expression of different Cham architectual styles in existence.

I arrived early, and was pretty much alone with Joy for two hours or so until the tourists started to trickle,then later flood,onto the precious site.  The entrance fee is about £3, I'm wondering if it should be at least triple that in order to increase revenue, and perhaps a limit on the numbers visiting the site at any one time.  I had all the time I needed to appreciate and photograph the site, but seeing large crowds of people arriving and flooding the site was a lttle unedifying; furthermore the challenge of fully appreciating the site must surely be greater when large numbers of tourists are there?

I'd read that there were around 20 of the original 70 sructures present, the rest having been destroyed by American bombing during 1968/69.  Well done America, you have destroyed a unique site of great beauty, and historical and cultural significance, hang your ignorant superficial heads in fucking shame.  There is not a shred of justification in bombing this place.

Of the remaining structues, some are superb, some have had a little restoration, others remain badly damaged, and surrounded by bomb craters.  In one of the buildings serving as  a small on-site museum there are a couple of bomb casings found on the site.  There is need of further restoration, and I suspect that the site might benefit from further archaeological exploration, I sincerely hope the funds can be found.

My Son is a place of great beauty, and is of global importance as a site representing Cham culture.  It is a mystical, spiritual place, deserving of our attention and care, in order to preserve and develop it to promote future learning and understanding.

I'll post images when I can in a couple of weeks.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Out and About

Been in Vietnam for 2 weeks now, sat on a balcony overlooking rice fields on the outskirts of Hoi An.  Early morning, sun hot.

A dozen or so white ducks are feeding in a large pond below my balcony, there is a smallholding by a lane about 80 metres away.  Beyond that the rice fields stretch away for about a mile, and to my right is the town.

Even on a Sunday there is activity, sounds of light construction, the Vietnamese are the most industrious hardworking people I've ever come across.  In the twenty years I've been coming here its always amazed me how hard they work as a society.

I've enjoyed time in Saigon on this trip, there is real high-rise now, and an underground rail system under construction.  I seriously question whether that will have any impact on the traffic though, as so muchnof Vietnamese life is lived on the street.  Despite massive infrastructure projects the tiny, temporary street cafes still pop up wherever there are 3 square metres of space, ladies walking with crockpot cookers and ingredients suspended from opposite ends of their bamboo pole.

I was sorry to see the arrival of expensive designer boutiques on Dong Khoi and Le Loi, obviously attached to the big hotels; incidentally The  Continental seems to have been spruced up, and they have commandeered the pavement overlooking the Opera House and set up a poor imitation of the old "Continental Shelf", this shameful edifice people by uncomfortable looking tourists.  The small area of high-end shops resembles a mini-Singapore, I hope that it remains a small area, "designer Saigon" takes me shiver with discontent.

Breakfast beckons, a bientot.