Ways of nature

October was a relatively quiet month for me in photographic terms. The large format gear did not see the light of day on account of inconvenient times for low tide and singularly inclement weather. Far too much wind and rain. A week ago Monday I was up and out before sunrise, much more civilised this […]

Have I cured myself?

Hot from the the run down to Cornwall and back I was eager to get out with the Ebony as a High had settled over the East. Previously I had reported the sighting of a Kingfisher as I made some large format work on 25th August and as a result had spent several hours getting […]

The early bird gets the worm

With a Bank Holiday weekend fast approaching with a sequence of depressions hurtling like a magnet towards to the UK, the forecast for this morning was nigh on perfect for some large format work but, and there always is a but, low tide was not due at Cattawade Creek until 0830. The forecast for Monday […]

The Greening

I was out and about at 0430 last Sunday in my quest to capture both the ultra low tide on the Stour and the rapidly disappearing industrial complex at Cattawade. Now that I know the site will be a railway depot servicing new Swiss trains for Greater Anglia there is no time to waste. Everyone […]

Estuarine Mud

I have written here before about my rather too many years of commuting by rail into the smoke and the highlight of my journey being the approach to Manningtree from the North. I still marvel at the presence of fragile and very rare salt-marsh so close to a toxic factory site at Cattawade. I have […]

Punch drunk on Kodak

I’ve pushed myself of late to get the large format cameras out to make images outside of my normal seasonal window. It is fair to say that finding my desired high pressure windows with little wind has been a struggle but the sheer excitement of making the images using old equipment and the despatch of […]

Our dependency on others

I often wonder at the constant motion our world is forever in, not only the rotating aspect of the planet or the cyclical phase of the moon and stars but of those people who work tirelessly through the night to ensure our expectations are met. That could be anyone from the emergency services through to […]

Out of a dark place

The past six months have been very dark and not just because it was winter. We were the victims of a crime back in October that saw the perpetrator sent down for 3 years 6 months the week before Easter. During that time our focus was on our world and putting what was wronged right […]

Are our Police getting younger?

These days I ask that question a lot and it is not just police that seem to be younger than me, most people are. Not only are the police I have had to deal with of late younger, much younger than me there are very much fewer of them compared to years ago and I’m […]

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