The making of a photograph is a process that can take weeks, months, even years. Failure is par for the course, yet, every so often this pursuit reaches its natural conclusion in the deliberate act of printing: a photograph is born.

Without printing there can be no photograph.

Indeed, in our world awash with images, photographs are increasingly fewer and farther apart. There is a subtle, but important, difference between the two. An image is an abstract pliable thing that can be visualised simultaneously many different ways in an unlimited number of physical locations. A photograph is a tangible, essentially immutable, physical object that can only be seen in one place at a time, its exact size and appearance per the photographer’s wishes.

It has been observed by photographers far better qualified than myself that prints don’t sell, and it is often said (even lamented) that the recent democratisation of photography is to blame. Yet, I wonder if the real reason doesn’t lie elsewhere.

Is it not simply that so much of our imagery doesn’t merit printing? Prior to the digital revolution print was just about the only way to view images, but the new technologies facilitate the brief viewing of a picture that deserves but a short glance much more effectively.

To make it worth a print, an image needs to have some enduring quality beyond the momentary interestingness that attracts the Likes and Faves which have, above all else, become the criteria of what makes a good image. There has to be more to it than high contrast and saturated colours, the rule of thirds, and all the other clichés. It needs to have something that makes it worthwhile to look at again, and again, ... and again.

I am under no illusions regarding the standard of my own imagery, but I do like to make photographs. You see, the great thing about photography as a hobby is I make photographs for my own pleasure, and I make prints not to sell them, but because I can.

That said, if you spot anything among the images on this site that you would like a print of, drop me a line.


Below are some of the photographs that I have particularly enjoyed making. The B&W ones are mainly traditional silver gelatine prints, handmade in a darkroom. Each of these is unique and represents considerable amount of work. They have been processed to recommended archival standards, and, if properly framed, I’d expect them to last a couple of generations (my mounts, intentionally, don’t fit Ikea frames).

The colour pictures are machine printed, usually on C-type (i.e., light-sensitive) paper, or, where the image calls for it, giclée (aka inkjet) print; in either case, I use one of UK’s leading print labs.

Assynt Evening

Some eight months in the making, eventually taken with a 4"x5" view camera at the end of a rather wet and windy day. Handmade silver gelatine print. The one pictured here is on 16"x12" paper, but I am working on 20"x16".

Heat

Taken on a very hot day during an unexpected spring heatwave. Inkjet print on a bamboo paper. The pictured one is 6"x6" in a 12"x12" mount, I also do 12"x12" in a 20"x20" mount, which I personally prefer for this photograph.

Lightcatcher

Handmade silver gelatine 10.5"x10.5" print in a 16"x16" mount.

Magnolia

From our garden. Handmade silver gelatine 8.5"x8.5" print in a 17"x17" mount.

Tales of Love, Storms and Breakups

From my 'Confessions of a Beech Bum' project. Handmade silver gelatine 14"x10.5" print in a 20"x16.5" mount.

Unter die Buchen

From my 'Confessions of a Beech Bum' project. Handmade silver gelatine 14"x10.5" print in a 20"x16.5" mount.

Into the Light.

From my 'Confessions of a Beech Bum' project. Handmade silver gelatine 14"x10.5" print in a 20"x16.5" mount.

Quo Vadis

From my 'Confessions of a Beech Bum' project. Handmade silver gelatine 14"x10.5" print in a 20"x16.5" mount.

Suilven

Handmade silver gelatine 14"x10.5" print in a 20"x16.5" mount.

Lochan Tuath

Taken a few years before this place got famous. C-type print.

Loch Avon

Taken just after sunrise on a very windy day. C-type print.

Falling Star

Taken just before the sunrise on a very cold (-10C) night with a 30s expsure. This image is not photoshoped; the peculiar light is a combination of the approaching sunrise and a full moon behind me. Makes a great Christmas card. InkJet print.