Tree, Vietnam

Tree, Reunification Palace, HCMC, Vietnam 2014

I didn’t visit the Reunification Palace while I lived in Ho Chi Minh City, only seeing it when I returned to the country on a flying visit.

The building has a rather theatrical quality, which makes me think of a film set. The gardens, but contrast, are cool, dark and rather inviting, with lots of shade to hide from the sun in. Unusually for me, I took lots of pictures of the trees which all looked unique and characterful. I liked this one best. It has a monumental quality.

River, Clayton, GA

Clayton, Georgia, USA 2003

I don’t find it easy to take square landscapes. Here I was trying to use the curve of the river’s edge to lead your eye through the frame, but I’m not sure it works.

I believe Clayton is in the north of Georgia where once you might have found bears in the countryside, but no longer. I did find some rather large deer which burst from a bush as I walked through the forest, making me jump. But that was it.

Butcher, London

Butcher, London 2004

My wife has just asked me why I took this picture. Slow intake of breath. Because I did!

At the time, I was very interested in “Working London”, particularly places which worked unusual hours, Smithfield Market (which is nearby) for example. London can be a fascinating place.

Anyway, so I liked the colours on the sign and the wear on the shutters, and yes being British was amused by the public toilet sign which seems almost on top of the shop. Handy!

Technical Details. 80mm lens on a Bronica SQA. Provia 100 slide film. Yes, on a tripod.

Alice’s, London

Alice’s , Portobello Road, 2004

Years ago, I used to live in west London and favourite thing to do on a Saturday, was to get up very early and slowly walk east and see how far I could get.

Despite what people tell you, London isn’t a huge place and I regularly made it to St Paul’s.

This photo comes from one of these walks, I don’t think I ever walked any closer to the shop to find out what it sold. I like how rich the red came out (no I didn’t tweak it). As I recall, I was using a Bronica SQA and an 80mm lens on FujiFilm Provia 100. I wonder if the shop looks as grand when it is open?

View from the Bar

Alex, Rose & Crown, Tunbridge Wells, UK 1995

Half a lifetime ago, I was a barman and Alex was one of my regular customers. I think he chose to hold the soda siphon because I had occasionally been known to give him a squirt from time to time. I quite like this as a ‘character’ portrait. Because I was using 120 roll film and a sharp lens, the actual print is quite detailed – I think I selenium toned it.

As I remember it, I took this with my Rolleiflex and a Metz hammerhead flashgun.