why photo-graph?

Posted on August 10, 2011


This is my new blog in which I will record my inspirations, experiences and learning as a photographer.

The title refers to two aspects of photography.

photo refers to light (phos means light in greek).  Light falling  on light sensitive film or digital sensors is the means by which photographs are created. The quality of the light is also a vital aesthetic ingredient  which differentiates great photographs from the mundane.

graph is refers to the fact that all photographs are ‘texts’ and can be read (graphos means I write in greek). The photographer’s original intention might be to convey  mood, emotion, a concept or simply to document. However, when read by subsequent viewers new meanings are attributed. Such meanings are also greatly influenced by the context within which the  image is viewed.

My intention is to create photo-graphs which are both distinguished aesthetically and are open and questioning. These are aspirations, and from time to time I aim to review how well I am doing.

Here are three photographs which illustrate my work across the genres of portraiture, documentary and landscape.

Blea Tarn and Blencathra, Cumbria

Syrians Political Demonstration, Zurich

Mickie Shapiro, Ironman Triathlete