Yes, I’m a photographer

I see the world differently to most people and create abstract photographic images that most would never imagine. I never use Photoshop, I do vision, capturing the image most will never notice.

Twisted RealityYou can own this one off original, printed directly onto aluminium. The watermark is just for online images. More details at the link below for my collection at Saatchi

http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Photography-Twisted-Reality-Original-Edition-1-of-1/846032/2959683/view

 

Spring is coming

Woke up early to a very cold morning but the sky was clear. I knew it was going to be a perfect day for a hike. Perfect for clearing my head, recharging my batteries. With this in mind I packed my backpack with camera, food and water and headed out. I could not have chosen a better time to hike into this gorge, the river danced, the birds sang and the sun felt good. Spring is coming

Hiking through the gorge

Highlights from a year of photography

Ok I cheat a little, the sequence goes from November 2014 to December 2015. It has been quite a varied and interesting year. I wonder what next year will bring?

_DSC4142 _DSC4288 _DSC4304 _DSC4379 _DSC4405 _DSC4412 _DSC4434 _DSC4449 _DSC4578 _DSC4583 _DSC4768 _DSC4810 _DSC4872 _DSC5275 _DSC5526 _DSC6401 _DSC6407 _DSC6426 _DSC6621 _DSC6760 _DSC6782 _DSC6795 _DSC6800 _DSC6968 _DSC7015 _DSC7025 _DSC7144I hope you enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed creating them. The world is full of problems but life is also full of beauty. Never miss the opportunity to take a moment to stand and stare.

Wind and Sea

The two places I feel most at home are by/on the sea or in the desert. Today I was by the sea, a steady breeze was blowing, the air felt wonderful, clearing out the cobwebs as I headed towards a lunch of fresh oysters. This scene of someone kiteboarding and enjoying perfect weather had to be captured.

Catching the wind

These were the oysters I had for lunch 🙂

Oyster Lunch

 

Feeling Free

There was a local Ski and Snowboard jumping competition, couldn’t resist taking my camera 🙂 Must be a wonderful feeling to be able to jump like this. On a different note, my blog has just hit the milestone of having 4000 followers. Thank you all so much, I never imagined my blog would ever have so much interest. You all inspire me to keep this blog going. Thank you 🙂

Feeling Free

Seventy Years after Auschwitz. What have we learned?

The 70th anniversary of the liberation of the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp has recently passed. It is so important that we never forget the lessons of the past, how ordinary people can become mass murderers and others their victims simply for being of a different race, skin colour or religion.

The infamous entry gate to Auschwitz

The infamous entry gate to Auschwitz

This was the first time I visited Auschwitz, I was nervous before going because I was not sure what I would feel being in a place where there had been so much evil and so many people were murdered. The overwhelming feeling was one of sadness, it seems to permeate every brick of every building. The biggest shock for me was how small Auschwitz is considering how many people were murdered there, Jews, Gypsies, Jehovah’s Witnesses, more than 1.1 million in total. The camp was designed to be the most efficient killing machine possible.

Village

Take away the barbed wire and watchtowers and Auschwitz could have been more like a village of uniform red-brick buildings. Words can not describe the horror that happened inside those walls

At the main entrance there is the infamous sign “Arbeit Macht Frei”, translated it means Work Brings Freedom. Freedom through death, many who were not sent immediately to the gas chambers were literally worked to death. They were seen as a resource to be used to do hard labour until they died from hunger or cold. The records that were kept show how meticulous details were recorded of the amount of work done, food consumed, as a modern business would keep account of profit and loss, and balance. The inmates were simply units of work, each with an identifying number tattooed onto their skin. When that unit could no longer do useful work it was disposed of.

Stripped of Humanity

Anything of economic value was stripped from the inmates, including prosthetics.

Nothing Personal

No personal possessions were allowed

With all the horror in Auschwitz the inmates still found ways to resist and help their fellow humans. When possible, food and medicine was smuggled in as were books. All religious texts were banned but they found their way into the camp too. When you have nothing left to lose you are prepared to do anything to resist those who are oppressing you. I was moved by a quote from a former inmate, Jozef Garlinski inmate no: 121421. He wrote, “Outwardly it might seem that Auschwitz was the last ideal place to start an underground organization. All reasonable arguments and calculations spoke against any hope of successful underground work, yet as it turned out, the situation was favourable. Clandestine action is usually taken and is usually successful when all other forms of action have failed, when desperate people must seek secret ties to help each other, to fight an enemy who is too strong for open struggle. Unlimited, however, are the moral and physical powers, which man has within him.”

QuoteToday we live in a world that is becoming more unequal and divided every day. The number of working poor, that is those who have a job but still struggle to pay for rent, food and electricity is constantly growing. Not since the period before the Second World War are so many people having to rely on food banks just so they can survive  These people are being pushed to the edge of society. At the same time, after Charlie Hebdo, all Muslims in the western world are being viewed with increased suspicion, fear and discrimination. Society is fracturing and at the same time the desire for national identity is increasing. After the discovery of the concentration camps the world said “Never Again” but it seems that as memories fade and society becomes more unequal the seeds are once again being sown that could allow new horrors to once again be unleashed.

EfficientThe chimney of the crematorium. The only way you could leave the camp.

The chimney of the crematorium. The only way you could leave the camp.

The outside world was so close but impossible to reach.

The outside world was so close but impossible to reach.

Never Again!

Never Again!

 

Last sunset of 2014 in Amman, Jordan

Should have some interesting news from the Middle East in the New Year. In the meantime today was about relaxing and switching off for a few hours. I hope you like this photograph I took today at the Citadel in Amman Jordan.

Last sunset of 2014

Last sunset of 2014

An apology and a photo.

First the apology. I have had a huge amount going on recently and simply haven’t had the time to write recently. I will rectify this in the new year. All being well I will be back in the Middle East over the Christmas period to get a better picture of what is going on in the region.

Added to that I have been asked by a major Chinese newspaper to help with a feature article they want to do for the end of the year. No, the article isn’t about me before anybody asks. So all being well I will have lots to write about in the new year, saying that, I might be able to post something before but I can’t promise.

Now the photo. I was out for a walk this morning. The air was cold but the sun was peaking through the cloud. In the end it turned out to be a beautiful day. As I was getting into position for the photo below, a small owl suddenly took flight in front of me. It had been sitting in the long grass right in front of me. There was no time to get a decent shot of the owl but that moment put a big smile on my face. I hope you like the photo, I love the atmosphere of this image.

Frosty Morning

Frosty Morning