Cat’s Eyes, Bath

Cat, Bath – October 2016

I used to see this cat almost every day on my way to work. I used to walk along the Kennet and Avon Canal into Bath (where I worked) – and this cat lived on one of the houseboats. I believe the same owner had a beautiful dog too.

Cat’s Eye, Bath – October 2016

I’m not one to pester cats I don’t know – but one day, she slowly trotted off the boat and came to say “Hello”. I think she has beautiful eyes.

Spring Blossom, Wokingham

Spring Blossom, Wokingham, Berkshire March 2018

Time passes. I think we have all noticed that. Recently, on my morning walks, I have noticed some trees blossoming. But this photo is from three years ago. It was just a quick grab photo on my way to work. As you can see the light was very bright and contrasty, which made the blossoms stand out against the dark tree. Only the week before, there had been quite heavy snow, so the rapid change was quite remarkable. As I walked past, it was a quick snap with my iPhone and then on.

Lasts, Osaka

Lasts, Osaka 2019

My favourite thing to do, if I go somewhere on holiday, is to spend time just wandering around. If you ever go to Osaka, chances are you will have a list of attractions you want to see (Osaka Castle, the Osaka Aquarium…), but I nearly always find that the journey there is more interesting than the attraction. The castle is quite fun though.

This picture of the lasts, is an example of something I saw on my way somewhere else.

On The Bund, Shanghai

The Bund, Shanghai, China 2018

The title really should be “View from the Bund” because all the tall buildings you can see are on the other side of the Huangpu River. As you can see, there is a wide path for people to walk by the river, which is pleasant when there is a gentle breeze (perhaps with an ice cream in hand). On this day, although it was overcast and cloudy, you could feel yourself being burned by the UV!

Morris Men, Wokingham

Morris Men, Wokingham 2017

This is an example of a “found” photo, I was walking to the supermarket, when I came upon these men dancing outside my local pub. The UK can be like that – nearly everywhere is.

If I were to give this a little more time, I would like to bring the sky in a little more, since it was twilight and it would give a truer impression of what it was like.

On the Pier – Bognor Regis

View from the Pier, Bognor Regis 2019

An obvious view of beach at Bognor Regis.

It was a gorgeous week day, when I caught the train down to Bognor. I intended to test a film camera, but it promptly jammed – which old cameras will do. So it was iPhone time instead. I like the neat, fluffy white waves which have been frozen as they roll on to the beach.

Tree in the Park, London

St. Jameses Park, 2018

I have a theory, that my real hobby is walking and that photography just happens along the way. I think people have said similar things about golf.

I was really drawn to the colour of the leaves on the tree, which looked a little like flames. And then there was the very short, neat grass which all looked a little unreal.

It was a beautiful autumn day, with very direct sunlight undiffused by clouds. I’m amazed that there aren’t lots of tourists in the background, because there were lots around.

Looking at it, it makes me think a little of Anthony Browne books, like “Voices in the Park”.

Again, all done with an iPhone.

Double Rainbow in a Field, Batheaston

Double Rainbow, Batheaston 2017

I took this picture one afternoon as I walked home from Bath (a city in the UK). It was mid-afternoon. A challenge with a panoramic, is that at least half of the pleasure is in the scale of thing – and here it is just a little rectangle on colour.

I like the “slice of colour” – if I had been using a proper camera, I would be able to zoom in and see lots of detail (I really enjoy that – particularly fabrics), but it is from an iPhone – so you get what you get.

In the Morning, Batheaston

Batheaston, 2016

A well-known photographic adage is “the best camera, is the one you have with you”.

On this occasion, as I walked to Bath on a fairly chilly Autumn morning, I only had my iphone with me – so it is what I used to take this picture.

When I look at photos, I’m looking for signs of the photographer, tapping at the keys, turning the drama to 10. If you’ve ever seen Ansel Adam’s “Moonlight over Hernandez” (I think it is spelt like that), you can hear him clanking away in the background, bringing in the sky and shadows. But it is a lovely image. I think his best selling one – so perhaps that’s ok.

This is pretty much how it looked.