Idyllic hut in a rural idyll

Idyllic hut in a rural idyll

I’ve been photographing an old grain store on the edge of Lewes as it becomes disabled-access accommodation, located right in the midst of the South Downs National Park. The South Downs Way, the footpath that spans the length of the Park for 100 miles from Winchester to Eastbourne, runs along the ridge in the background of this photo.

Next to the large agricultural building, a little dwelling has sprung up as well. I have been watching this shepherd’s hut take shape over the months and love the way it sits so prettily in its surroundings. On my most recent visit, the sun was low in the sky as evening approached, casting raking light across the site. This made it challenging to photograph but I was interested in the drama it created.

I had to align myself within the shadow of the hut and peer around it with my camera to catch the workmen. You can find more photographs of this lovely project here.

My talk went well at the Lewes History Group last week. I have another one coming up, this time at the Paddock Arts Studios (Paddock Lane, Lewes, BN7 1TW at 3pm). I will be speaking about my project documenting the transition of the old industrial Harvey’s Depot into a state-of-the-art cinema. If you are nearby on the 10th November, please join us.

If you have a building project, workplace or event that you are thinking of photographing, please get in touch.

For the summer solstice, I give you flowers

For the summer solstice, I give you flowers

I like using the ability of photography to show worlds that are often hidden from view. I do this when documenting building projects that are obscured from the public by hoardings, or when photographing work environments and private events.

In a completely different way, photography can record situations that we can’t physically see with our eyes. For example, recently I was visiting my friend’s allotment when she was watering her roses.

My camera was able to catch a moment of calm and stillness within the chaos of the water spray. I felt like it almost gave me a little peak into the secret lives of flowers.

If you would like me to capture with my camera worlds that are important to you, please get in touch. More of my landscape photographs can be found here.

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Toto, we’re not in Sussex

Toto, we’re not in Sussex

Last week my daughter and I were back in New England visiting family and friends. Coming from a snow-less Sussex, we had our fingers crossed for some of that cold white stuff that we missed so much. On our last morning we woke to this – the neighbourhood transformed overnight into a soft icy world lit by a bright winter sun.

I find it interesting to think about details that specify place. It is often only with distance that they are noticeable. This fence, the mailbox, the architecture and the quality of light, not to mention the snow – they are completely commonplace in Boston. It is only because I have been in the UK for half my life that they become symbolic of a place I lived years ago. More landscape photos can be found here.

Seven Sisters summer solstice

Seven Sisters summer solstice

Happy solstice. This is Sussex in summer, a glorious time of year when daylight lasts from 4am to 10pm. The Seven Sisters, the white chalk cliffs that line the coast, turn golden with the setting sun, as here at Birling Gap.

More of my landscape photographs can be found here.

You can find a short film of my Depot photographs on youtube here. It shows a selection of 200 shots covering two years of photographing this former brewery depot as it became a state-of-the-art community cinema.

The ferry on film

The ferry on film

I was asked to shoot some 35mm black and white film recently. It was a real treat using my trusty old camera and nowadays, you can get a roll developed and scanned and the files sent directly to a drop box or email account. I had forgotten that satisfying clunk of the shutter release and the anticipation of having to wait to see how the images

turn out. I shot the roll on a ferry crossing from Newhaven to Dieppe, a four hour trip that seems interminable until it is suddenly all over. Watching how people spend this time is interesting: out on the decks being blasted by the wind; cocooned inside the lounge; availing themselves of the cafeteria. Public spaces but inhabited in a private way, just getting through time.

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