Broadcasting House, BBC, London

I was at Broadcasting House earlier this week doing an editorial shoot. As usual I had some time to wander the space before getting set up and these are a couple of the snaps I took enroute.

The first is looking down the atrium from the 7th floor to the ground floor. The second is the view from the 6th floor towards Oxford Circus with the unmistakable spire of the Nash designed All Souls Church.


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This was the Moon last night

I was out at dusk yesterday shooting the final scene of a little movie sequence (which didn’t go as planned so I’ll have to do it again on the next cold clear night!) but whilst I was packing the gear away, I looked up, saw the moon and took this before collapsing the tripod and putting the last camera away.

So not an entirely fruitless session.

The Moon and Cow Parsley
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A celebration of the English sky

I’d been planning to do a review of 2013 but I’ve been sidetracked by the interesting weather we’ve had of late.

in the early eighties when I was a student of photography (I say “was” –  I still regard myself as a student of photography!) I did a series of landscapes which were dominated by sky.  Indeed they were the most popular images at both my student exhibitions and they sold quite well too as far as I recall.  The last two images below are from that series.  By the way, these was scanned from original prints made on DW Agfa Portriga-Rapid  118 paper – a wonderful chloro-bromide paper with added cadmium giving uniquely warm, rich tones – now (sadly) long, long discontinued.

Without wishing to invoke any hackneyed phrases, South Africa is a land of contrasts and the same is true of the skies, they can be fabulous festivals of light and colour but still the skies over England have something on those over Africa.

In a curious way I have always found the infinite tonal variations in the clouds and skies here both confining and liberating and the endless range of changing shapes, sizes and particularly the subtlety of tones never cease to amaze me.  It can make even the most oppressive cold winters day into something of wonder.

Here then, are some English clouds with a couple of 32 year old Eastern Cape, South African ones thrown in at the end for good measure.

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Sun in the Northern Sky

Sun in the Northern Sky

Windows and sky

Windows and sky

A nice way to start the working year…

We’ve had stormy weather of late and not much cold so this was a surprising find a couple of days ago and neatly mirrors my last post of 2013.  The shot has not been doctored in photoshop aside from cropping and the colours originate from what was in front of my car – garage door, plants and some sky but they help turn it into an amazing landscape.  So here’s to 2014…

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From the heady heights of LA to semi-rural Hertford

I was doing an editorial shoot this week at Hertford County Hall and got there early.  It was a glorious day so I filled my time by doing a few snaps of the building showing that even rather dull early 20C civic architecture has it’s little highpoints, including the handbasin in the gents!

Hertford County Hall, Skylight

Hertford County Hall, Skylight

Hertford County Hall, Colonnade

Hertford County Hall, Colonnade

Hertford County Hall

Hertford County Hall

Hertford County Hall, Sink in gents

Hertford County Hall, Sink in gents

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#Getty Museum, Los Angeles – #Treasures from Church & Cloister – THE EXHIBITION

I had a welcome message this week from the #Getty including a selection of fine views of the exhibition installation in LA.  Wow! It looks like they and the #CanterburyCathedral Stained Glass team have done an exemplary job.  It is wonderful to see how the images have been used and it is gratifying to see how fantastic the exhibition as a whole and my pictures in particular look  – roll on New York!

And thanks Leigh for sending them across.

Canterbury Cathedral, St Albans, Treasures from Church & Cloister Exhibition, Getty Museum, LA

Canterbury Cathedral, St Albans, Treasures from Church & Cloister Exhibition, Getty Museum, LA

Canterbury Cathedral, St Albans, Treasures from Church & Cloister Exhibition, Getty Museum, LA

Canterbury Cathedral, St Albans, Treasures from Church & Cloister Exhibition, Getty Museum, LA

Canterbury Cathedral, St Albans, Treasures from Church & Cloister Exhibition, Getty Museum, LA

Canterbury Cathedral, St Albans, Treasures from Church & Cloister Exhibition, Getty Museum, LA

Canterbury Cathedral, St Albans, Treasures from Church & Cloister Exhibition, Getty Museum, LA

Canterbury Cathedral, St Albans, Treasures from Church & Cloister Exhibition, Getty Museum, LA

Canterbury Cathedral, St Albans, Treasures from Church & Cloister Exhibition, Getty Museum, LA

Canterbury Cathedral, St Albans, Treasures from Church & Cloister Exhibition, Getty Museum, LA

Canterbury Cathedral, St Albans, Treasures from Church & Cloister Exhibition, Getty Museum, LA

Canterbury Cathedral, St Albans, Treasures from Church & Cloister Exhibition, Getty Museum, LA

Canterbury Cathedral, St Albans, Treasures from Church & Cloister Exhibition, Getty Museum, LA

Canterbury Cathedral, St Albans, Treasures from Church & Cloister Exhibition, Getty Museum, LA

Canterbury Cathedral, St Albans, Treasures from Church & Cloister Exhibition, Getty Museum, LA

Canterbury Cathedral, St Albans, Treasures from Church & Cloister Exhibition, Getty Museum, LA