Flying to Laos

Near Laos, December 2014

For me, photography is a way of talking about the world. I know it is different for other people.

This picture reminds me of a trip to a few countries in Southeast Asia – in this case to Laos. I has caught an early flight from Kuala Lumpur (perhaps 6.00am) and this was the view out my window a little later. I remember in school learning about meanders in a river, but I don’t think I ever appreciated how lovely they can look in the morning sun.

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.

In The Morning

Cows In Field, May 2019

I was on my way to work, when I passed this field. So I stopped and took a photo.

A few years ago Chase Jarvis – a prominent photographer – released a book about “the best camera being the one you have with you” – showing his snaps with an iPhone. Part of the appeal of the book was the range of things which he photographed – which he though were worth photographing.

I don’t like my phone to take photos, but I do like it for the afterwards, the reviewing and post-processing.

And it is great for taking a quick picture on the way to work.