I do really enjoy photographing shadows  . . .

Shadows on a ploughed field

Taken with an iPhone on the train to Edinburgh

Shadow on Chichester cathedral cloister

Chichester Cathedral

Shadows on a lawn at Chichester

Wrought iron gate, old red brick, shadows on grass – add a picnic – perfect, except its February and about 4˚C.

Chichester cathedral seen through cloister arches

Shadow from the tower falling over wet sand in Portmerion

Portmerion, North wales – designed by he architect Clough Williams-Ellis


The staircase in the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art – Ellis Williams Architects, is statisfyingly industrial with its embossed and perforated sheet steel. The only colour – a single wall on each landing painted in an identifying colour.

The entrance has unpainted rusting cladding.

Dull December weather in Canvey Island, Essex but this rust patterned concrete flood defence and steps is a pleasing arrangement of stripes and angles.

Canvey Island – the beach in winter

Canvey Island Tea Shop

Colour 3

Reflections and shadows –  blue to turns green and pink picking up reflected colours from the water and the deck – which is pink in the shade but almost orange in full sun. The canal at the Hepworth Wakefield.

Pink flourescent lighting in the cafe at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead looked particularly good on the white beard.

The Millenium Bridge across the Tyne at Gateshead – the arch lit with colours that slowly change through the spectrum. f/1.8 1/200 ISO 1600 50mm

Lindisfarne on a cold damp dull day – the local stone is defiantly pink on such a grey day

Slatted Shadows and Reflections 2

Straight railings casting their shadows on a rough stone wall.

Straight railings casting rippled shadows on a rough stone wall.

Accidentally having the camera on the wrong setting caused camera shake during the long exposure but made an even more interesting image from this quilted copper-lined elevator in the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.

Quilted Copper lined walls in the elevator in the Art Gallery of Ontario

And these over-sized wooden blinds were marvellous, maybe I’m addicted to parallel lines.

Over-sized wooden venetian blinds in the Art Gallery of Ontario


I am attracted by juxtapositions of colour – thay can make all the difference to how you see something.

A cliché perhaps but lovely none the less, the first red leaves of Autumn in the lakes north of Toronto.

These vibrant colours were an unexpected delight contrasting against the black polished marble of a downtown Toronto office building, snatched from the car whilst at a stop light.

Four lanes of traffic waiting to set off from the lights on a dull day – the colours really saurated. I wish I’d had time to compose the shot better and include more of the orange sign pointing across the road. Each vehicle, engine revving, almost perfectly lined up to lead the eye, has its own colour point, linking up with the coloured flags on the facia of the building and then the verdigris on the roof.

The Toronto taxi colours seem to be designed to match the  surroundings, the Autumn leaves and the red brick and verdigris copper roof of one of the few Victorian bulidings left in the downtown area, all set against the tall grey skyscrapers behind..


I have collected lamps of various types for a while – Art Deco, 50’s and modern, here are a few of them, mostly working, some sadly not.

The wooden post of this lamp was badly worm-eaten, now repaired, re-painted and the chromed steel shades polished, it is my favourite lamp. I assume it dates from the ArtDeco period but there are no clues in terms of maker’s labels or stamps.

I bought this lamp in the 80’s as new but its required transformer was missing, I got it wired up with a new one but then blew it by using too high a bulb rating. It looks very pretty when lit, I must get it repaired. The bulbs, one  each side of the shade, are low voltage halogen and the current runs through the arms.

I was lucky enough to buy a pair of these lamps, a very dark green almost black painted metal shade and base, made by Phillips I think in the 70’s, rather nasty plastic switches which don’t always work, it would be good to replace those.

The lobby of the Royal York Hotel in Toronto – the most glorious lamps

Street Photography

Wandering around London with a friend, not looking for anything in particular, lessons learned in checking camera settings before you start and remembering to switch between AV and TV to get the best of static and moving subjects.

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