After weeks of self-congratulating and mass back-slapping at the fact we’d been COVID free for so long, the Isle of Man is now riddled, worse in reality than it was a year ago. So, we’re now in lockdown again until April 6th, at the earliest. Lockdown number 1, 12-months ago, was very productive for me: I made a book. Lockdown 2, or the first ‘circuit breaker’, not so fruitful; I just sat on the sofa, drinking beer for a few […]
I willingly embrace that any creative or artist will have their champions, and they will have their detractors. I post most of my work here because, and I assume, anyone stopping by must enjoy my images and writing? If that is the case, then it’s very much appreciated. Posting work on social media, especially Facebook, is a different game entirely. Until a couple of years ago, I shared just about every single photograph I’d made throughout various photography groups, all […]
‘For so it had come about, as indeed I and many men might have foreseen had not terror and disaster blinded our minds. These germs of disease have taken toll of humanity since the beginning of things–taken toll of our prehuman ancestors since life began here. But by virtue of this natural selection of our kind we have developed resisting power; to no germs do we succumb without a struggle, and to many, our living frames are altogether immune…It was […]
“Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage; Minds innocent and quiet take That for an hermitage; If I have freedom in my love And in my soul am free, Angels alone, that soar above, Enjoy such liberty.” Richard Lovelace, To Althea, from Prison
I love this time of year, especially on the Isle of Man. My home town of Peel is perched on the west of the island, but sits in a north/north-westerly facing aspect, so although we get a lot of quality daylight, Peel is also very exposed to the harshest of weather, even in the summer. Some people dread the winter. I don’t. I look forward to the short days, the low, watery light and the gales and storms rolling in […]
Somebody told me that they don’t understand my photography. I don’t understand what they don’t understand? Because there is nothing to understand. Some people share photos of their meals – if I ever have a meal in front of me that’s THAT interesting, I’ll photograph that too.
It’s difficult to write about the events of the last few months without acknowledging the personal, emotional and financial suffering that a lot of people have gone through. And I do acknowledge it. I’ve been lucky, I’ve managed to keep on working throughout, and the first half of 2020 has actually been very positive for me – I’ve put a photo book together, found a style of shooting which I love, and after 3-years of promising, dismantled and removed the […]
*Now available for pre-order* FO GHLASS – a personal visual document of lockdown on the Isle of Man. A photo-essay commissioned by Culture Vannin. Printed on 100% recycled paper 210x210mm 350/150 gsm 120 black & white images Approximately 100 pages (the final book will not be less than 100 pages) To reserve and pay for a copy/copies, please email your name and address to email@example.com – this will be the only order method. Payment can be made via PayPal […]