'The Art of Travel' is a series in progress that borrows its title from the eponymous book by Alain de Botton, from which it draws influence.
The series depicts places of arrival, departure and overnight stays, reflecting the transient experience of overland travel.
It also dwells on the book's attention to the aesthetics and 'romance' of places connected with travel, very much in the spirit of the paintings of Edward Hopper. The lust for travel in writing by Charles Baudelaire is also quoted in the 'Art of Travel' where Baudelaire was also drawn to places of departure and the promises they seemingly offered.
Journeying is as much of an experience as being at a destination and this series records my travelling experiences.
Observations from a great city, containing the old and new as it reinvents itself in a new millennium. Whatever the changes, there is a distinct and rich character to Glasgow.
From stone quarries that have been active since the Neolithic period and slate quarries that provided roofing for Britain and the world, to modern hydroelectric schemes: The Snowdonia (Eryri in the Welsh language) landscape of 3000ft/1000m mountains, valleys and lakes is one of the world's most beautiful national parks that also bears the scars of man's industry.
These are studies that reveal the beauty of what is hidden underneath the surface and new topography as a consequence of man.
Under the bright, midday sun, an entire suburban infrastructure decays, taking on an apocalyptic appearance. Aspirationally and perhaps over-optimistically built during more buoyant economic times, the houses and dwellers never came. The road crossings, signage, water and electricity facilities still wait - unused and degraded.
Under The Sun
Where the Spanish sun's light saturates colours, throws shadows and re-interprets form and texture, these images embrace a dimension missing from northern Europe.
A one day visit to a new area, affording a fresh perspective. Capturing whatever caught my eye in and around the coastal towns of Troon and Ayr, in Ayrshire on the Scottish west coast. I'm increasingly needing new places to record as I start to struggle and overlook the over-familiar in my own area.
Track & Field
A short documentary series shot around an out-of-town sports facility belonging to the local university. The facilities are bounded by woodland on all sides and are often empty of people. I wanted to capture the feeling of both space and containment in this orderly patch of land.
Berlin. Still being rebuilt, redefined yet consciously remembering and marking its past. These are a series of observations that encompass the modern and the past from distinctive eras - from the thirties, rapidly vanishing remnants of the GDR and the modern face of a capital that finally seems happy and confident in its own skin.
Travel offers fresh fodder for the photographer's eye. How to capture the essence of an unfamiliar place that is otherwise well known, yet avoid stereotypical images? With the constraints of travelling light and over one weekend, these are my observations of the resort of Nice, France.
Fog ~ Fields ~ Frost
Alternative winter studies of north western European agricultural and industrial landscapes. When the season's cold grip has produced no snowfall. More about the series here.
Caernarfon, North Wales, has a UNESCO World Heritage status as well as having the honour of being a Royal Town, thanks to its impressive castle. Where the vast majority of the population are Welsh language speakers and despite the attractions to transient tourists, life is a challenge.
Through this ongoing series, I hope to reveal the cultural and economic struggles of this town, where history and cultural identity are sometimes at odds with modern times. Observe with me the overlooked and unrecorded.
THE MOTHER OF WALES
The Isle of Anglesey is known as the 'Mother of Wales' from its agricultural days. This is a more intimate view of a much-photographed island. Images that sometimes challenge established stereotypes, revealing diverse environments and man's influence.
Pure and graphical. LIght, shade and midtones. Classic black and white photography.
Pointing the camera lens downwards to record overlooked lines and numbers. Graphic art created by man, sun and shade.
An ongoing project that expolores the order and disorder, the aesthetic and ephemeral around smaller football grounds in Wales.
Meanwhile in wales
Captures of transient light, passing landscapes and buildings. Eclectic, unplanned and unsorted in the spirit that they were taken. A antidote to postcards. The real Wales.