For me landscape photography is an all encompassing experience, often challenging, but never boring. My choice of locations provide a necessary escape from the busy modern world and allow me to slow things down.
At a time when high streets in the UK are changing, with an increasing number of shops closing down, windows can often be seen whitewashed or obscured by other means, after closure or during refurbishment. The white surface offers a space for high street art, whether by accident or by intention. Through simple mark-making or fluid movements and abstract shapes created while windows are being covered, they have become a blank canvas for expression, humorous or otherwise.
Tucked away in his forge in rural southern England, a blacksmith works iron, carefully banging into shape each piece with an expert eye. Nowadays this is an almost forgotten craft, which, in days gone by, was once commonplace.
THE FURNITURE RESTORERS
In the sleepy village of A Dos Ruivos in southern Portugal there is a small team of furniture restorers and artisan carpenters – they work in a small shed tucked away along a side street. Dedicated to their work, they painstakingly restore old furniture which they lovingly bring back to life. In January 2013 I spent a day photographing them at work.
THE CHAIR RESTORER
Sally Broadway restores chairs, she specialises in cane, rush and straw chair and seat repair. I had the privilege of seeing her at work when I went along to collect my own chair, which she had lovingly repaired. Photographed in her workshop, cobwebs and all.
Finalist / Earth Photo 2018 / Royal Geographic Society
The burnt aftermath of the fires which raged across swathes of Portugal in 2017 was all too apparent when I took these photographs in two municipalities during November of the same year. Even in these small areas of the country there was clear evidence that communities had been devastated, the lives of many affected, some suffering human tragedy. And yet, the landscapes of eucalyptus and pine had been transformed into scenes of eerie beauty, a wild beauty resulting from uncontrolled wildfires.
It seems macabre to use a word such as beauty given the terrible events which led to this change, but the landscapes, which had become blackened and scorched, were strangely serene, almost as if in a grief of their own.
Rich Pickings - A Year in the Life of a Market Garden
Just outside Bath in Somerset sits a market garden perched on the hillside of a small green valley. It provides the local community with organically grown fresh produce, much of which is sold in the farm shop and other produce supplying local markets. It's a way of life and very much a labour of love, with Gerald Rich at its helm.
Over the period of one year I made regular visits to document the seasonal changes and the hard work that goes into running this thriving enterprise, each and every day.
Photographing a working foundry has long been on my list of subjects, so when the opportunity presented itself I grabbed it with both hands. FRASAM's huge plant occupies a significant portion of Abrantes, situated in the heart of mainland Portugal. Unfortunately the melting furnaces were damaged on the day of the shoot. I hope to return to conclude this set of images.
People of Nepal
These images were taken in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Sankhu during my second visit to this wonderful country, soon after the earthquakes which shattered many communities. Despite the obvious difficulties, people go about their daily lives with resilience during a time of regeneration.