'Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst'

Henri Cartier-Bresson

He has a point. It‘s like saying ‘practice makes perfect’ . . . but without the same excessive optimism. I chose the heading not to offer reassurance about the content of this site but simply as an assessment of those first 10,000 photographs of mine

My first camera was a Brownie 127, a simple camera that was a true 'point and squirt'. I eventually came to believe the useful lie (useful to the camera-makers) that a better camera must a better photographer make. Accordingly, I spent my savings on a Halina Paulette Electric. I waited for the silver halide crystals of my films to arrange themselves as 36 x 24mm miracles of light and shade. Needless to say, it did not quite turn out that way; but there was one near-miracle. I entered a photographic competition and won a two-week cruise around the Mediterranean. Since I was only 14, my parents felt obliged to buy themselves and my brother passage. Was it all a cunning marketing ploy? 

My first truly ‘serious’ camera was an East German Praktica, built like a Panzer. I used it for many years and developed and printed the black-&-white (but not colour) film I used. With the digital revolution, I swapped the magic, smells, and inconvenience of a darkroom for the less messy mysteries of Lightroom and Photoshop.

The bulk of the  photographs on this site are of places. The experience of shooting a wedding has confirmed to me the wisdom of that preference.

You're welcome to make contact about the photographs on this site, using the link on the menu bar. If you wish to order prints, please click the button that accompanies each photograph in the Image Galleries.

For those interested in such things, the photographs shown here were taken with a variety of cameras: Pentax K5; Nikon D810; Nikon Z7; Fuji X100T; and Pentax Spotmatic F. The technicalities of exposure, focal length, and suchlike are (where available) revealed by clicking the (i) symbol accompanying each photograph in the galleries; variables that at the time may have seemed equally significant to the photographer, such as temperature and wind chill, are left to the imagination.

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