The harvest supermoon rising over the Burren, Co Clare, and Galway Bay Ireland. Images made a month ago by lucky chance. We hadn’t paid attention to when moonrise was, but had walked down to the shore for the last of the sun’s rays on our first night in Connemara. As the light faded, a strange pale dome reared up above the ancient limestone hills of the Burren, above Black Head. As it rose, the moon it turned yellow, then a deep orange. And as it kissed the mountains goodbye, and day became night its shimmering reflection appear on the bay’s calm waters of the bay.
Images from a month or so ago – Gravel cycling in the Western Algarve, Portugal – round trip from Portugal’s south coast, the west, and back again, passing through the Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina (Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park) in the Algarve, Portugal. The beach is Praia de Barriga.
At the river’s edge. After a May afternoon of tempestuous squalls, the sun sets, leaving a blaze behind the forest. The wind was gone, and a lone river cot swung idly on its mooring line, surrounded by the reflected fire. There’s a peculiar form of silence that envelopes the river after sunset. Most birds have gone quiet, except for mallards laughing raucously in the distance.
When the wind blows on the river, the surface of the water stretches thin. Now, with the wind gone, it turns viscous and languid. Nervous water striders zig-zag across the water’s tight skin, mindful of the trout that every twenty or thirty seconds, leap from the water into the air, in search of supper.
Thanks to PhotoKunst and The Shades of Compassion Foundation, one of my photographs is part of the Shades of Compassion group exhibition, which will be travelling in the US, and internationally between 2022-2027. UPDATE 19 December 2022: The exhibition is Premiering at the Headley Whitney Museum, Lexington, Kentucky, United States in March 2023.
As the PhotoKunst website says “the exhibition’s primary goal is to promote compassion worldwide through inspirational, thought provoking photographs. Drawn from a diverse roster of forty-one international fine art photographers, the fifty exhibition photographs encompass a diverse spectrum of perspective, subject and artistic expression”.
In late 2020, I started pulling together a series of bird portraits, images made all over the world, over a long period of time. I believe the beauty, diversity and strangeness of birds is often overlooked, so I wanted to share that with my followers on my Instagram account.
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This is an image I made at the end of 2020 in the Pyrenees, France. I think of this as one of my “cycling photographs” – I wasn’t on my bike when I made this, but I had ridden up this climb earlier in the year, and it’s pretty epic. The image works for me as there’s a convergence of angles, with a curve allowing the road to slip away, unseen.
In November 2020, I received an email from a lady in Michigan, in the United States. She’d just had a new baby, named Sage, and she wanted to find a photograph of sagebrush in the bedroom of the new family member’s bedroom.
Photographing trees and forests – I always find this difficult. How to make any sense of the beautiful organic chaos without just re-creating something in a dull, or cliched way? How to express the feeling of being out in the woods to someone who doesn’t know the place you’ve been?
Petermann Glacier Photograph in the Guardian, 17 October 2020
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Here’s one of my photographs of clouds rolling in over the sunset, west of of Svalbard, high in the Arctic, being used for the cover the German edition of Irish author William Trevor’s “Last Stories”, or Letzte Erzählungen, published by Hoffman unde Campe in April 2020. The photograph was licensed through Millennium Images in London.
View my full Millennium Images portfolio here.
Here’s my photograph of a Fiat 500 in a Palermo street featured on the cover of the English translation of Andrea Camilleri’s Excursion to Tindari – an Inspector Montalbano Mystery, published by MacMillan.
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Here’s one of my photos of Common Murres in an article by Sabrina Shankman in Inside Climate News on how “a new study unravels the mystery of what caused so many of these normally resilient seabirds to starve amid an ocean heat wave fueled in part by global warming.”
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Here’s one my photographs from Baffin Bay, west of Greenland, as it appears on the cover of Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez.
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Here’s two four of my images being featured in articles in New Statesman magazine, thanks to photo agency Millennium Images.
The first image was from Kane Basin, near the 110km-wide Humboldt Glacier, in the remote north-western corner of Greenland. The photo was made during a 2009 expedition on the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, as we passed by some icebergs formed by the glacier. This photo belongs in a series of Arctic and Antarctic images called The Cold Edge, which are also available as fine art prints. Contact me for more details. Full article: Should we be practising “climate change optimism”?
Here’s some of my photographs that appeared in the Arctic: On Our Watch exhibition at MEPC73, the International Maritime Organization, London, October 22-26, 2018