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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Fresh abstractions for (sort of) Christmas.

One of the joys of creating abstract photographs is hunting for new types of scene to work with. December is a time in Scotland, and many locations around the world, where we have artificial skating rinks in city centres, fair ground attractions and colourful people wandering around. This year I’ve chosen to work with that sort of environment to create some effects I find quite different to much of my previous work.

But first, here’s a single light abstraction from The Lighthouse in Glasgow.

And now swiftly onto the core abstract series I’ve been working on recently. At this point I have no idea which of these will make it into production – that usually takes me several weeks. Particularly when I have two or three images that are fairly similar to one another, I spend time with them printed and stuck on a wall to decide if I’m going to use them individually or as a set, not to mention if they’re all strong enough to survive or not. I’m not actually finished creating images that belong to this set yet, so who knows where it will end up!

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Working solely with light…

…as long as no one steals the light.

A couple of weeks ago I captured the first two photos in what is likely to be a series of six in total. Two captured, two planned, two still to work out but at least with a requirement loosely worked through. One of the two I’ve captured so far doesn’t work at all on screen but does, for me at least, thankfully work well on paper – so there’s not much point showing that one.

Here’s the other. As (almost) always, the image is straight out my camera with a conversion from RAW to DNG, then exported to JPEG. No further processing has been carried out post-capture.

A cool foggy morning.

This morning I awoke to a rather wonderful scene outside my bedroom window…

…so I decided to pick up my shiny new Canon G7 X and take a walk around Kirkintilloch to see how the fog was changing the area I live. This seems like a rather nice partner to the extreme light project I ran a few months ago around the area as many of the photographs were taken in the same general area, yet provide vastly differing feels. Rather as you’d expect. Here’s a small selection from the couple of hours I spent wandering as the fog slowly thinned and lifted, revealing a beautifully sunny September morning.Continue reading

A wander around Edinburgh.

Yesterday I received a new “expert” compact camera – the Canon G7 X. I felt it needed a decent test so took it to Edinburgh to view a few exhibitions with a friend. The results were pleasing: not as good as my professional DSLRs and lenses costing several times as much, of course, yet good optical quality with punchy colours where the lighting was useful and overall enjoyable handling. I’ll probably write a review of it in a few weeks once I’m fully used to it.

The flow of the day, and therefore the photos below, went as follows:

I love whisky, so this sign was crying out to be photographed.

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