Toynbee Hall Regeneration

November 24, 2015


Just started work on a new project, documenting the regeneration of Toynbee Hall. This will be interesting. A couple of images of my reconnoitre of the old halls yesterday…

Lifting the Curtain Exhibition – Final Thoughts

November 22, 2015


The dust has now settled on the Lifting the Curtain Exhibition and I thought it would be a good idea to record my reflections on the experience. In summary it was an exciting and very worthwhile experience. I had the opportunity to show my work in a lovely gallery that was also a place highly […]

New work – After Marville…

November 19, 2015


I have been out in the field working on images for After Marville…  I have been focusing on locations where new developments have recently been completed or where work is in progress or where planning applications have been made for new developments (and often the demolition of pre-existing properties. I have put the work into a […]

After Marville… but in what way?

November 9, 2015


As has often been the case when I start a new project I begin in one place and then move on. My starting point for looking at the redevelopment of East London was to a fair degree focussed on how the means of presentation could add layers of meaning to the photographs I produce. Specifically, […]

After Marville… in colour

November 5, 2015


John Umney raised concerns in his comments on my previous post that the archaic form of processing invited the viewer to look back on the past with nostalgia and to consider the new as necessarily bad (paraphrasing here so forgive me John if I got this wrong). Subconsciously this issue must have been bothering me […]

After Marville…

November 5, 2015


I have decided to rename my project, which is exploring redevelopment/gentrification in the East London districts of Shoreditch, Spitalfields and Whitechapel, After Marville… The previous name Blueprint presumed the use of cyanotype as the means of printing the work. At this stage it seems much more appropriate to leave things open. My tentative version one artist’s […]

Lifting the Curtain – OCA Study Visit

November 5, 2015


I had the opportunity to present ‘Lifting the Curtain’ to a Study Group of OCA students on the final Saturday of the exhibition. Great experience. Here is group leader Rob’s report on WeareOCA: The East London Photography Festival, Photomonth is still going on. Lots more to see.

The form of a city changes more quickly, alas! than the human heart.

November 1, 2015


I have been researching influences for my project about the redevelopment of East London. In doing so I came across the French 19th century photographer Charles Marville. Marville documented the transformation of the centre of Paris under Haussmann. The first major urban renewal project in Paris started in the1850s. Louis Napoleon (Napoleon III, the nephew of […]

High rise encroachment of City of London on East London

October 28, 2015


In my last post I presented a few photographs taken around the Bishopsgate/Spitalfields area of East London. They showed how high rise development linked to the City of London is moving North and East. The development is both private housing (expensive apartments) and office space. There is a evidence that this trend is continuing. Toynbee […]

Blueprint – First Steps out into the field again

October 27, 2015


Blueprint is my codename for a new project which looks at the redevelopment of East London. For now I have decided to focus on the area around Spitalfields/Whitechapel. These districts border onto the City which in encroaching more and more into the space that was once East London. Talking to many locals who visited the […]

Lifting the Curtain Media Coverage

October 21, 2015


This post is really an aide-memoire so that I can recall what happened in terms of media coverage for Lifting the Curtain. The starting point of public presentation of my work was when some of the work was published in Hashtagphotography magazine issue 10: This was followed by the four image texts being shown at the […]

Photofusion Salon15

October 21, 2015


My portrait of Gill Golding from the series Landscape Portraits has been selected for the Photofusion Salon15. It is really great that I am able to show some work from this series. It would be even better if showing this single portrait at Photofusion leads to more opportunities to show the work. I would still like to […]

New Work…at last

October 7, 2015


I have been very busy with my upcoming exhibition of Lifting the Curtain at Town House Spitalfields. Opening is next week and I am getting nervous. I think I will be fine once I have installed the work. Everything is ready to go. The framed prints and catalogue looks great. Apart from the opening night […]

OCA Study Visit and BJP Ad

August 18, 2015


I am very pleased that the OCA is organising a Study Visit to Photomonth East London Photography Festival on 24th October.  The visit will take in my exhibition and two others which form part of the festival.  The provisional plan is to visit the following venues: Lifting the Curtain at Town House Spitalfields, see Lifting the Curtain […]

Lifting the Curtain…. Exhibition Photographs and Texts, printed, framed, labelled and packed

August 1, 2015


The photographs and texts for the Lifting the Curtain exhibition have now all been printed and framed and are ready to be shipped to Spitalfields for installation. 28 framed images/texts in total.  I needed to get this done as from the third week of August I am away a lot on holiday… Each framed image […]

Blueprint or Capitalist Enclave

July 31, 2015


“London Docklands proved to be a highly controversial example of urban regeneration, polarising opinion between those who pointed to a blueprint for successful free market inner city regeneration…and those who viewed it as the architectural embodiment of Thatcherism including fortified capitalist enclaves.”    Andrew Tallon (2013) Urban Regeneration in the UK (New York: Routledge) This […]

The Results are in…

July 29, 2015


I have been very busy on a course at Central St Martins – alternative processing. So busy that I missed the fact that the results for YOP are in. My mark was 72% which combined with the 80% for Advanced gives me a First Class Honours Degree. Truth is that I was secretly hoping for […]

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Lifting the Curtain Exhibition – Catalogue, Posters and Business Cards

July 14, 2015


I have been turning my mind to the production of supporting materials for the exhibition. The catalogue production is going well. I reviewed a draft printed version yesterday and was very pleased with the quality of reproduction. I am on course to be able to produce 100 copies which will be a limited signed edition. […]

New Work – Out of the Shadows

July 12, 2015


I have been developing an idea for new work which follows on from ‘Lifting the Curtain’. The project is code-named ‘Out of the Shadows’. The idea is to continue to explore how East London is changing through demographic shifts, its relationship with the rest of London and recent redevelopment (in term of both the physical infrastructure and its […]

Book Sales and Exhibition Catalogue

July 3, 2015


Sales of the book for Lifting the Curtain have been going very well. I have sold 35 out of the limited edition of 40 signed copies. As a result I will only have a few copies for sale at the exhibition.  In view of this I have decided to produce a relatively high quality catalogue for the […]

Lifting the Curtain Website

June 19, 2015


I have had a bit of a break from photography following submission of work for assessment but I am now busy planning for my exhibition in October. I have organised the printing and framing of the images/texts, drafted the form of an exhibition catalogue and have now established a ‘Lifting the Curtain’ website. The intention […]

What next…

May 15, 2015


The dust has settled and the assessment submission is now in Barnsley. I have plenty to do over the next few months in preparing for my exhibition. It promises to keep me busy! But I have been turning my mind to what I might do next and in particular what I might focus on if […]

End of an Era…

May 13, 2015


After what seems like a very long, enjoyable and highly instructive time, I have reached the final hurdle. Tomorrow I deliver my final assessment submission for the Photography 3: Your Own Portfolio course to the Open College of Arts in Barnsley. Here is the A1 Plax folder standing by my front door waiting to be delivered… For those interested in […]

Memory Exhibition Installation

May 4, 2015


John Umney, Penny Watson, myself and Artspace curator Tom Cox completed the installation of the Memory Exhibition at the Oxford Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital on Saturday. The hospital is new and the gallery space is large and well set up with integrated hanging system….this made life a lot easier. John Umney took on the role of […]

Lifting the Curtain Book – Limited Edition nearly sold out…

May 1, 2015


30 out of the limited edition of 40 signed and numbered copies of my ‘Lifting the Curtain’ book are now sold.  £25 with all the money going to East London charity Toynbee Hall. They are going fast so if you want a copy email me on You can preview the book here The work […]

Memory Exhibition Oxford

April 27, 2015


Next week the Memory Exhibition will open at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital Oxford. Seven of my image/text diptychs are on show along with work from six other OCA level three students. The exhibition is fully supported by the Open College of the Arts and my thanks to Gareth Dent and his team for their help and […]


April 25, 2015


I have just returned from a few days photographing the landscape of Northumberland. The focus was on its coast line. I must say I enjoyed the place a great deal. Northumberland’s coast line is steeped in the history of the many conflicts which have been enacted there. The many castles were defences against invading Vikings and […]

Lifting the Curtain Exhibition

April 15, 2015


I had some really good news this week. Town House Gallery in Fournier Street, Spitalfields has agreed to stage an exhibition of my Lifting the Curtain work. The event will run from 15th-24th October and will be part of the 2015 East London International Photography Festival.The venue is fantastic.  It is a standalone gallery space set in […]

Memory Exhibition Oxford

March 23, 2015


With the Memories exhibition in Oxford fast approaching I thought I would re-post details of my work to be shown. Memories is a OCA level 3 student exhibition being curated by John Umney and Penny Watson. I am showing seven image/text panels from Lifting the Curtain along with an artist’s statement. The  statement, which I have revised since my last post is as […]

Lifting the Curtain – Project Overview for Assessment Folder

February 20, 2015


This is the full text of my ‘Overview’ for Lifting the Curtain, which I plan to present in my Assessment Submission along with more detailed papers on the contextual framework and presentation strategy. OVERVIEW: MAJOR PROJECT LIFTING THE CURTAIN  The idea for Lifting the Curtain grew out of my fascination with East London and how it […]

Assignment Five Tutor Feedback

February 12, 2015


The main thrust of my submission for this final Assignment was about presentation of my work. I submitted a detailed paper on this. Perhaps too detailed as my tutor found it a little confusing and was puzzled by the large number of options I discussed. She suggested that I make it very clear in my assessment […]

Critical Review Updated

February 11, 2015


In Assignment Two I presented my Critical Review text to my tutor for review. My chosen subject was ‘CONTEXT AND MEANING IN DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY – A Comparative Study’. In her feedback my tutor suggested a number of changes to the text to improve the flow and to add more depth. I subsequently amended the text and […]

Oxford OCA Student Exhibition

February 9, 2015


I heard from John Umney and Penny Watson that they have decided to include some work from Lifting the Curtain  in their forthcoming exhibition to take place in Oxford in May/June of this year. This is great news and my thanks to them both for their generosity. As I am away a lot over the coming […]

Assignment Five Submission

February 8, 2015


A few days ago I submitted my final assignment, #Five, to my tutor. This was a momentous event. My last assignment on my photography degree course with the OCA. The main thrust of this assignment was to set out my plans for presentation of Lifting the Curtain. I defined the scope of this work in a paper I […]

Document, Publicity, Commentary, Art

February 7, 2015


This post presents my thoughts on the recent CONSTRUCTING WORLDS Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age Exhibition at the Barbican London. This exhibition closed in early January 2015. I visited twice. There was much to take in at this blockbuster exhibition, which presented work by 18 photographers. I have struggled to get my mind around it all and […]

Tate Modern – Conflict-Time-Photography

February 6, 2015


I have been looking forward to this exhibition for some time. The concept of the exhibition has quite an overlap with my own work in East London. My own work does not deal with conflict, but does pose questions about what a photograph of a present day place can say, if anything, about what happened […]

Assignment Four Tutor Feedback

January 27, 2015


Somewhat belatedly I am posting the feedback from my tutor for assignment four. Sharon’s comments were largely positive and I got the sense that she felt I was on track and that ‘Lifting the Curtain’ is now working well. With regards to the book her key comment was that it would be stronger if I […]

‘Lifting the Curtain’ – staging the exhibition and book sales

January 19, 2015


As I stated in my previous post my plan is to use ‘Lifting the Curtain’ to raise funds for the East London charity Toynbee Hall through sales of prints and copies of my book. I will pay for the printing, framing  and book production and any proceeds from sales will go to the charity. This post deals with […]

‘Lifting the Curtain’ presentation – Book Format

January 18, 2015


In my previous post on presentation strategy I indicated that a book and exhibition to be the most appropriate and effective means of presenting my work. This approach echoes that of Charles Booth when publishing his work and can be used to create a form of presentation that encourages the viewer/reader to engage in a dialogue with […]

Hiroshi Sugimoto – Still Life @ Pace Gallery, London

January 6, 2015


I had a chance to make a brief visit to the Sugimoto ‘Still Life’ exhibition at the Pace Gallery in London today. It was most impressive. I have seen three Sugimoto exhibitions now—his landscapes/seascapes in Arles last year, his Architecture photographs at the recent ‘Constructing Worlds’ exhibition at the Barbican and now his Dioramas at […]

Presentation Strategy ‘Lifting the Curtain’

January 2, 2015


I am in the process of documenting my ideas for presenting ‘Lifting the Curtain’. My aim is to present my proposals to my tutor as Assignment Five for the Your Own Portfolio course. My submission for the assignment will be a document, structured as follows: Overview Strategy for Presentation Exhibition Format Book Format Promotion In this post I […]

Photo Competition: Visual artist Lucia Pizzani and filmmaker David Jackson win Hotshoe Photofusion Award 2014

December 19, 2014


Now in its fifth year, I was delighted to announce the winners of the Hotshoe Photofusion Award 2014 at the gallery last week (11 December) with a short comment on the work, which I have reproduced below. The winners are: Lucia Pizzani for her Impronta series 2013 of ink-jet prints derived from the wet-plate collodion…

Quo Vadis — germ of an idea for life after YOP

December 17, 2014


I am getting close to the end of my degree course at the Open College of the Arts. One more assignment to submit and preparation for assessment and it is all over. It has been a hugely enjoyable and enlightening experience and I must admit I will be quite lost when it is all over. […]

Karen Knorr Exhibition Tate Britain – December 2014

December 17, 2014


I have studied Karen Knorr’s work, particularly her Belgravia 1979-1981 and  Gentlemen 1981-1983 series and have cited her as one of my influences see here. It is very fortuitous that she currently has a retrospective exhibition showing just these two series at Tate Britain. I went along yesterday to see her work in the flesh as it […]

Back from my travels

December 15, 2014


I am now back in the UK after my trip to Australia and Hong Kong. The Australia piece was very much about racing triathlons with not so much time for photography. In Hong Kong however I managed to put my Leica rangefinder to use. During our stay in Hong Kong we spent a lot of […]

OCA Thames Valley Meeting 22nd November

November 23, 2014


Yesterday I attended an OCA Thames Valley meeting. It was a very worthwhile event. Sharon Boothroyd, my tutor, was there providing help and advice. The meeting largely concentrated on reviewing work by the students present – a  form of critique. This is extremely useful and motivational as it can be very lonely on a distance learning […]

Elina Brotherus

November 23, 2014


On the 12th of November I attended a Study Group meeting in London to listen to an artist’s talk by Elina Brotherus. The talk was held at a gallery in Mayfair – quite a prestigious location! The group was quite small around 20 and in giving her talk Elina moved around the gallery space talking […]

LIfting the Curtain – print sizing and organisation of image and text

November 18, 2014


In my previous post here I indicated that the principle forms of presentation that I will use are a book and an exhibition of prints. This post discusses questions about the nature of prints I would use in an exhibition. It is concerned with the sizing of prints and the spatial organisation of the image and […]

PhotoMonth Open – private view

November 7, 2014


  Last night was the opening of the PhotoMonth Open. I spent a couple of hours their, looking at the work and looking and talking with people looking at my work. The image/text panels were all printed by the organisers. This was the same for everyone and created a level playing field for all exhibitors. It helped […]

Lifting the Curtain Book – Version Five

November 7, 2014


The latest version of a possible book format for ‘Lifting the Curtain’ is attached to this post. Just click on the cover image or underlined below to see the book in pdf format. It is best viewed in Preview (Mac) two pages at a time. The images should be on the left hand page and […]


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