About project photography.

I’ve been carrying out project photography for approaching a dozen years now. By project photography I am referring to the act of capturing photographs which relate to a defined theme as opposed to a collection of photographs which just happen to look similar. I have a number of projects currently viewable on my website, but specifically Textures and Public Declaration are relevant here.

Textures is what I would call a relatively loose project. The images all relate to the project title, but there’s no overriding purpose to the project. I’m not making a social statement – I simply enjoy capturing textures.

Public Declaration, on the other hand, has almost nothing to do with the photographic quality of each image but instead focusses on depicting how people who write on publicly viewable objects are relating to how they interact with society.

These are both projects, but one is little more than aesthetic while the other has a well defined purpose. This second form of societal commentary project is often carried out but can be very difficult to search for and find online as they do not always provide that instant visual hit that a stand-alone photograph needs in order to be seen.

For this reason, at least in part, I am in the process of building a website dedicated to project photography in order to feature fresh and diverse work by a wide range of photographers from around the world. The intention is, initially, to feature one project a week. Each project will live on the website for twelve weeks before being removed to make way for further projects and gaining a single line entry in an archive list, with link or contact info where available.

With this in mind I am now actively looking for the first several projects to feature and will have those ready to go live, one each week, before the website launches. If you would like to have a project featured, please contact me. I am looking primarily for projects with a purpose, but will certainly consider predominantly aesthetic projects as well.

A night handheld test session.

With my recent move away from Canon pro equipment to Fujifilm X series, I wanted to spend some time using the new system in ways I’ve previously ignored.

The X series handles much better in low light than my Canon kit used to, so I thought I’d wait until it was just about dark and then wander around Kirkintilloch using only the available light to see if I could capture some usable images without a tripod.

All images below handheld and … sharp.

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Roofs, tiles and textures

I’m in the process of having my roof re-tiled – probably somewhat overdue – and the weather has been attrocious for the past several weeks. While the guys doing the work are great, there’s been so few days it’s been safe for them to be up there, so what should be around a week’s worth has so far taken over two weeks and is likely to be a few days yet. Perhaps the weather will improve…

Anyway, during a rare lull in the rain and winds I took the chance to grab a few texture shots using the materials that were lying around. Here are four I rather like out of maybe 7 or 8 in total I’m happy with. Most will probably work their way into my Textures project at some point.

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Merging thought with photography

I’ve been studying philosophy since the early 2000s and I’m increasingly seeing some of my thoughts and challenges make their way into my photography every now and then. So far these have tended to be fairly simplistic images focussing on a single idea and the most recent few are very much in line with that.

Basically, you can either look at these images and decide if you like them on their own right, or you can spend some time thinking about the possible nature of the photographs in accordance to the titles I’ve provided. There’s no right anwser – this is about how you interact with my work.

Winning Move

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Photography equipment and growing experience.

I’ve been noticing something recently. As I gain more experience in photography, I carry less equipment to a client session. It’s not a conscious decision I’ve made at any point. It’s just sort of… happened. Furthermore, I’ve been noticing certain other professional photographers are doing the same thing.

If you read books, magazine articles or blog posts about a topic such as wedding photography, they’ll likely be filled with photographers bragging about how much equipment they carry, usually along with a photo of a stuffed kit bag or three. While this is great for kit envy and wowing your clients (and, to be fair, being prepared is clearly a good thing), I have to say that in most cases this is simply not necessary.Continue reading


It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted something from a new series of work, so here’s a single image to tantalise you… possibly.

I rarely name works these days, but every so often one just throws a name at me and insists I use it. So I present to you:


Paper textural abstraction type things.

I got bored. Then I found some coloured paper I bought a while ago for a project. Then I started playing with a few sheets, my Canon G7 X and my Rotalight Neo to see what would happen.

These are just the quick test images I was playing with. If I get around to it, I’ll set up a better camera on a tripod, construct some patterns a little more carefully and … probably still use the Neo, because it actually does a pretty good job in a confined space!

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For a change, some old work.

My work has gone so incredibly abstract lately that I’ve been thinking about a return to where I began, albeit using a style more suitable to my current interests.

I recently scanned a few of my old slides, so we’re talking up to 23 years old for the gannet, and thought I’d post a small number to show the way I was thinking in the ’90s. These are very much quick scans and certainly not intended to be used for anything other than display here as samples of my work – the colour balance on a couple are shockingly poor for one thing!

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Some fresh work in progress.

I seem to recall stating I’d start to show more of my work as I create it rather than waiting for the usual several months or years until I’m happy with a work. So here are a small number I was working on a few days ago.

This first one is a relative of a photo I took last year, so you may notice just a little similarity in it.

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