Sahara Sands I (Western Desert, Egypt)

Sahara Sands I (Western Desert, Egypt)

Sahara Sands II (Western Desert, Egypt)

Sahara Sands II (Western Desert, Egypt)

Sahara Sands III (Western Desert, Egypt)

Sahara Sands III (Western Desert, Egypt)

Sahara Sands IV (Western Desert, Egypt)

Sahara Sands IV (Western Desert, Egypt)

Sahara Sands V (Western Desert, Egypt)

Sahara Sands V (Western Desert, Egypt)

Sahara Sands VI (Western Desert, Egypt)

Sahara Sands VI (Western Desert, Egypt)

Sahara Sands VII (Western Desert, Egypt)

Sahara Sands VII (Western Desert, Egypt)

Sahara Sands VIII (Western Desert, Egypt)

Sahara Sands VIII (Western Desert, Egypt)

Sahara Sands IX (Western Desert, Egypt)

Sahara Sands IX (Western Desert, Egypt)

Sahara Sands X (Western Desert, Egypt)

Sahara Sands X (Western Desert, Egypt)

Sahara Sands XI (Western Desert, Egypt)

Sahara Sands XI (Western Desert, Egypt)

Sahara Sands XII (Western Desert, Egypt)

Sahara Sands XII (Western Desert, Egypt)

Sahara Sands XIII (Western Desert, Egypt)

Sahara Sands XIII (Western Desert, Egypt)

Sahara Sands XIV (Western Desert, Egypt)

Sahara Sands XIV (Western Desert, Egypt)

Photographs of Egypt’s Western Desert made during a 10 day trek and 4×4 expedition with desert explorer Sam McConnell. The approach to this work is in part inspired by my earlier abstractions of the River Thames

I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams…
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Signed limited edition prints available at £195 each (40x40cm). To purchase please contact me. Larger sizes also available

My 30 favourite pictures from assignments and projects in 2012….

1/ The Walbrook Building by Foster and Partners More >>

London old and new. At left: St Stephen Walbrook Church built 1672-9 by architect Sir Christopher Wren. At right: Walbrook Office Building, built 2010. Architect: Foster and Partners. Engineer: Arup

2/ Oxford Street facade by Future Systems More >>

Contrasting old and new architecture in London. Detail of facades on Oxford Street, London. Left: Late 19th century facade now Radcliffe College Language School. Right: 187-195 Oxford Street faceted glass facade by architect’s Future Systems, built 2008

3/ M Shed by LAB Architecture Studio More >>

M Shed, Bristol at Dusk. Architect: LAB Architecture Studio

4/ Welsh Assembly by Richard Rogers More >>

Cedar wood ceiling inside the National Assembly for Wales Senedd (Senate) Building. Architect: Richard Rogers Partnership, 2006. Cardiff Bay, Wales.

5/ The Wave Car Park by Scott Brownrigg More >>

Detail of tensile fabric facade, The Wave Car park, Cardiff Bay, Wales. Architects: Scott Brownrigg

6/ Larch House by Millar + Howard Workshop More >>

Larch House at dusk, Horsley, Gloucestershire. Architect: Millar+Howard Workshop

7/ Gravesend Library by Clay Architecture More >>

Gravesend Library new entrance at dusk. Architect: Clay Architecture

8/ Biochemistry Building by Hawkins Brown More >>

Coloured glass fins of Oxford University Biochemistry Building in evening light

9/ Vanishing Shanghai More >>

Vanishing Shanghai II. The writing on the wall reads, “Overusage of Electricity Prohibited”. 2007

10/ Achaemenid Tombs at Naqsh-e Rustam, Iran More >>

Achaemenid Tombs at Naqsh-e Rustam

11/ Villa W, London by Krause Architects More >>

At the front door, the house opens up to provide clear views through to the garden and staircase

12/ Boiler Suit by Heatherwick Studio More >>

Detail of Boiler Suit, Guy’€™s Hospital, London designed by Heatherwick Studio

13/ Ian Davenport “Poured Lines: Southwark” More >>

Ian Davenport “Poured Lines: Southwark”, Liquid enamel on steel, 2006. Southwark Bridge, London

14/ Tower Bridge Road by Glas Architects More >>

Detail of apartments at 171 Tower Bridge Road, Southwark, London

15/ Romanian Vernacular Architecture More >>

Shadows on a wooden house from Naruja, Vrancea, Romania. Built C19

16/ King’s Cross Station by John McAslan More >>

2012 Steel lattice in front of the 1852 station booking hall.

17/ Graffiti mural on Megaro Hotel More >>

“Marmite” a graffiti mural on Megaro Hotel opposite St Pancras station, London, 2012.

18/ Aleppo Night Workshops, Syria More >>

Aleppo Streets at night, Syria

19/ Glimpses of Iran More >>

An Iranian girl looks out from the trunk of Sarv-e Abar-Kuh “cypress of Abar-Kuh”, also called the Zoroastrian Sarv, is a Cupressus sempervirens tree in Abarkuh, Yazd Iran. It is estimated to be over four thousand years old and may be the oldest living thing in Asia.

20/ The Beauty of Iranian Symmetry More >>

Interior of Octagonal Pavilion Tomb of the Sheikh Abdolsamad, Natanz, Iran.

21/ Mayfair Office by Data Nature Associates More >>

Glass reception desk and hidden meeting room in Portland stone

22/ Sweet Thames, run softly till I end my song More >>

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100 miles downstream, dawn near Shiplake

23/ Paralympic Closing Ceremony, London 2012 More >>

Fireworks during conclusion of Paralympic closing ceremony 9th September

24/ Sports Hall by Original Field of Architecture More >>

Multi-Function Sports Hall at Magdalen College School, Oxford

25/ International Photography Awards: 1st place More >>

A silver birch tree grows through the floor on the terrace of Hotel Polissia.

26/ Contemporary Cotswold House More >>

Terrace overlooking rural Cotswold landscape

27/ Botanical Gardens by C.F. Moller More >>

View of the structure at dusk. C.F. Moller & Søren Jensen

28/ Aarhus Business School  More >>

Main circulation space at the heart of the building. Cubo Arkitekter & Søren Jensen

29/ The Freight Yard by 3XN & Søren Jensen More >>

The sky lights glowing at dusk

30/ Christmas Light Abstractions, London More >>

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Selfridges, Oxford Street

I’m delighted to announce that my work was awarded: 1st place in Architecture – Historic category for the winning entry “Pripyat: 21 Years After Chernobyl” in the 2012 International Photography Awards. I also received three honourable mentions in the categories for Fine Art – Landscape, Architecture – Cityscapes and Architecture – Buildings.

21 years after the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded these images of the town capture a memory of three traumas: the invisible radiation, the visible looting and the gradual collapse of a ghost town.

Click the images below to visit my online gallery to view larger or purchase a print

A silver birch tree grows through the floor on the terrace of Hotel Polissia.

Light switches in a bedroom of Hotel Polissia.

Concert hall with water damaged soviet relief sculpture and piano.

Light shines across climbing bars and broken basketball hoop in a gymnasium.

Lobby of Hotel Polissia. Marble wall cladding has been removed by looters.

The 2012 International Photography Awards received nearly 15,000 submissions from 103 countries across the globe. IPA is a sister-effort of the Lucie Foundation, where the top three winners are announced at the annual Lucie Awards gala ceremony. The Foundation’s mission is to honor master photographers, to discover new and emerging talent and to promote the appreciation of photography. Since 2003, IPA has had the privilege and opportunity to acknowledge and recognize contemporary photographers’ accomplishments in this specialized and highly visible competition. Visit www.photoawards.com for more details.

Thames Waters I
1/2 Mile downstream, Thames Head

Thames Waters II
2 Miles downstream, near Kemble

Thames Waters III
3 Miles downstream, near Ewen

Thames Waters IV
5 Miles downstream, near Ashton Keynes

Thames Waters V
15 Miles downstream, near Cricklade

Thames Waters VI
64 Miles downstream, Abingdon Lock

Thames Waters VII
85 Miles downstream, near Goring

Thames Waters VIII
96 Miles downstream, near Reading

Thames Waters IX
99 Miles downstream, near Sonning

Thames Waters X
100 miles downstream, dawn near Shiplake

Thames Waters XI
103 Miles downstream, near Henley-on-Thames

Thames Waters XII
104 Miles downstream, Marsh Lock. Henley-on-Thames

Thames Waters XIII
129 Miles downstream, near Runnymede

Thames Waters XIV
132 Miles downstream, Under M25 bridge near Staines

Thames Waters XV
158 Miles downstream, near Richmond, London

Thames Waters XVI
160 Miles downstream, near Kew, London

Thames Waters XVII
165 Miles downstream, Wandsworth, London

Thames Waters XVIII
169 Miles downstream, Houses of Parliament, London

Photographs of the mercurial River Thames made during a 10 day walk in August 2012 backpacking and wild camping where possible along 170 miles of the Thames Path from the source near Kemble in Gloucestershire to the City of London, I chose to end my journey on the steps of St Pauls.

Sweet Thames, run softly till I end my song,
Sweet Thames, run softly, for I speak not loud or long
TS Eliot.

Signed limited edition prints available at £195 each (40x40cm). To purchase please contact me. Larger sizes also available

Interior of Octagonal Pavilion Tomb of the Sheikh Abdolsamad, Natanz, Iran.

Dome of the main sanctuary. Imam Mosque (Masjed-e Imam), is a mosque in Isfahan, Iran standing in south side of Naghsh-i Jahan Square. Built 1611 – 1629. Architect: Shaykh Bahai

Detail view of khanqah portal; muqarnas semi-dome, Shaykh ‘Abd al-Samad Mosque, Natanz, Iran.

Ceramic tiles ceiling decorating a vault at Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, (aka the Pink Mosque) Shiraz, Iran. Built 1876 -1888. Architects: Muhammad Hasan-e-Memar and Muhammad Reza Kashi Paz-e-Shirazi.

Mirrored muqarnas (decorative corbel) in the Hall of Diamonds (Talar-e Almas) in the Golestan Palace, Tehran. It is called Hall of Diamonds because of the exceptional mirror work inside the building. The construction of this hall dates to the time of Fath Ali Shah (circa1806). Tehran, Iran

South Iwan, entrance to main sanctuary. Imam Mosque (Masjed-e Imam), is a mosque in Isfahan, Iran standing in south side of Naghsh-i Jahan Square. Built 1611 – 1629. Architect: Shaykh Bahai

Muqarnas (decorative corbel) Jameh Mosque aka The Congregational Mosque of Isfahan built from 771 to the end of the 20th century. Isfahan, Iran

North iwan coverd in polychromatic tiles. Imam Mosque (Masjed-e Imam), is a mosque in Isfahan, Iran standing in south side of Naghsh-i Jahan Square. Built 1611 – 1629. Architect: Shaykh Bahai

Interior of Dome of Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque, Naghsh-i Jahan Square, Isfahan, Iran. Built 1603 -1618. Architect: Shaykh Bahai

Ceramic tiles ceiling decorating a vault at Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, (aka the Pink Mosque) Shiraz, Iran. Built 1876 -1888. Architects: Muhammad Hasan-e-Memar and Muhammad Reza Kashi Paz-e-Shirazi.

Mahmood & Khaled rest after trekking amongst El-Khiyam "The Tent

Mahmood & Khaled rest after trekking amongst The Tents, White Desert, Egypt

This post is written for British Exploring Society’s expedition to Namibia summer 2014 but will be of interest for anyone taking a camera into a desert for a prolonged period of time. For some examples of my desert photography see these posts from Western Desert, Egypt & Wadi Rum, Jordan

CAMERA SUGGESTIONS 

Most cameras and most lenses are
better than most photographers

If you have a camera you are happy with just bring it. You don’t need a fancy camera to take great pictures. Much more important are visual thinking and composition. Film, Lomo & disposable are all fine: just bring what you enjoy using.

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If you want a Point & Shoot (type of camera shown above) you can’t go wrong with the offerings from Sony, Canon, Nikon or Panasonic. Look for manual control options if you want to get creative. £70-200.

If you want to freeze action and or have good low light performance you need a SLR or Micro Four Thirds Camera. A telephoto (long) lens helps you get closer to wildlife and the landscape. Suggested budget interchangeable lens cameras:

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Canon EOS 1100D with 18-55 mm lens £249.98  amazon link
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III Lens £105.59 amazon link

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Panasonic G5, 14-42 lens £288.99 amazon link
45-150 Lens £177.99  amazon link

Recommended 2nd hand retailer (with six warranty) mpbphotographic.co.uk

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A camera is no use unless its accessible when the light suddenly changes, or wildlife suddenly appears. Keeping the camera accessible is more important than the type of camera you carry. Think about how you get to the camera when wearing a backpack. For most of you a Point and Shoot camera with a pouch on your backpack shoulder strap is the best option.

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If you place a camera on the ground in the desert, sand and dust will enter the lens mechanism and break it. Most desert expeditions have a number of breakages in the first few days when people ignore this advice. Always put the camera back in its case when you finish actively shooting with in.

Clean the camera regularly helps prevent dust working its way into the camera. Wrap the camera in zip-lock or sandwich bag, then place in its case during dust storms.

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Some means of keeping the camera steady is useful for night photography, astro photography, video, special effects and when using long lenses – and of course being in your own photos.

KEEPING IT RUNNING

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Bring enough memory cards for a few hundred shots/ week more if you want to take video.

There are no charging facilities. Bring enough batteries. Get to know you camera but one or two per week should do.

A handful of 3rd party batteries are cheaper, easier and lighter than a solar charger.

If you want to try Solar look at Powermonkey Extreme amazon link but check eth voltage of your camera and if it can charge from usb or this won’t help you.

ANY QUESTIONS?

Any photography questions regarding desert photography/BES Namibia 2014 ask them below in the comments and I’ll answer them here so everybody can benefit.

Wadi Rum, Jordan

Wadi Rum, Jordan

Quintin Lake:

Looks like an interesting discussion on Architectural Photography for those in London

Originally posted on The Miniclick Photo Talks:

We’re heading back to the Anise Gallery in London for our second panel discussion with them, in what we hope will become a pretty long series. Back in October 2013 we curated a panel on contemporary British landscape photography to coincide with Marc Wilson’s beautiful exhibition of his Last Stand work.

The gallery has a strong architectural leaning and in February, whilst Paul Raftery’s fantastic “Berlin Voids” exhibition is on, they’ve invited us back to put together a panel on architectural photography. Photographing architecture is an odd thing – creating two dimensional images of someone else’s work of art that is inherently intended to be experienced in three dimensions. Most buildings are seen by more people on the pages of magazines, or on blogs, than they are in person. It also has a history of being photographed empty, devoid of the people who the structure is intended to be used…

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48 hours in Valletta, Malta

Spun Candy, Covent Garden

Spun Candy, Covent Garden

Spun Candy, Covent Garden

Spun Candy, Covent Garden

Spun Candy, Covent Garden

Spun Candy, Covent Garden

Spun Candy, Covent Garden

Spun Candy, Covent Garden

Spun Candy, Covent Garden

Spun Candy, Covent Garden

Spun Candy, Covent Garden

Spun Candy, Covent Garden

Spun Candy, Covent Garden

Spun Candy, Covent Garden

Spun Candy, Covent Garden

Spun Candy, Covent Garden

Spun Candy, Covent Garden

Spun Candy, Covent Garden

Spun Candy, Covent Garden

Spun Candy, Covent Garden

Spun Candy, Covent Garden

Spun Candy, Covent Garden

Spun Candy, Covent Garden

An assignment for architects Data Nature Associates to photograph their design for Spun Candy in Covent Garden, London.

My 20 favourite photographs from 2013 –  happy travels for 2014!

1/ Western Desert Journey, Egypt more>>

Sam McConnell prepares for a night under the stars, White Desert

2/ Landscape Magazine Cover Feature more>>

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3/ Copper Staircase, Villa Mallorca by Arup & Studio Mishin more>>

4/ Sahara Sands more>>

Sahara Sands I (Western Desert, Egypt)

5/ Manolo Blahnik, Harrods by Data Nature Associates more>>

Manolo Blahnik, Harrods by Data Nature Associates

6/ Apartment T by Krause Architects and Upton-Hansen Architects more>>

Barrett Street Residence, London. Krause Architects

7/ AnalogFolk photoshoot cover feature in Conde Magazine more>>

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8/ Pyramids more>>
Great Pyramid of Giza in front of modern skyline of Cairo

9/ Infinite Forest more>>

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10/ RAF Bicester Unlocked more>>

Operations Block. Building 146

11/ Cancer Centre Naestved by Effekt & Søren Jensen more>>

Cancer Centre (Livsrum) Naestved, Denmark. Architect: Effekt.  E

12/ Invisible Gods more>>

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13/ Bundeswehr Military History Museum, Dresden more>>

Bundeswehr Military History Museum, Dresden

14/ Ridgeway: Momently Clinging more>>

Ridgeway II, Wiltshire

15/ Saxo Bank HQ by 3XN, Copenhagen more>>

Saxo Bank Headquarters by 3XN

16/ Norfolk Horizon (Homage to Gursky) more>>

17/ Walk On catalogue cover more>>

 

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18/ Canterbury Cathedral more>>

Canterbury Cathedral. The western crossing, with a view of the fan vaulting in the “Angel Steeple.”

19/ Wadi Rum Journey more>>

Wadi Rum, Jordan

20/ From Greenland to the Sahara: Interview  more>>

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Read the 15 page interview by Tim Parkin in On Landscape magazine here  (PDF 3.7MB) where I talk about the practicalities and artistic considerations when photographing in the arctic and desert environments.

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A photographic journey through Wadi Rum, Jordan. More images here

If you enjoyed this have a look at Western Desert Journey, Egypt which was chosen as one of WordPress.com Editors’ Picks of the Year 2013

Thanks to Sam McConnell, James Dyer, Haitham Dahlan & Eid Sabah El. Zalabeya

Saint Catherine's Monastery below Mount Sinai

Saint Catherine’s Monastery below Mount Sinai

Mighty granite walls protect the monastery

Mighty granite walls protect the monastery

Much of the walls have stood for 14 centuries

Much of the walls have stood for fourteen centuries

Cross carved in the granite walls

Cross carved in the granite walls

At one point in history all of the doors were sealed up, and entrance was made through a lift, which was also used to haul up supplies.

At one point in history all of the doors were sealed up, and entrance was made through a lift, which was also used to haul up supplies.

Saint Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai, Egypt

The building sits in the wildest imaginable location

Saint Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai, Egypt

Detail of window in the corner buttress

Saint Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai, Egypt

The route to Mount Sinai starts at the left of the monastery

Lift structure and modern entrance.

Lift structure and modern entrance.

Bell tower (left) & Mosque Minaret (right) inside courtyard

Bell tower (left) & Mosque Minaret (right) inside courtyard

Bell tower, Built in 1871

Bell tower, Built in 1871

Cross carved in the granite walls

Cross carved in the granite walls

The monastery contains the Katholikon, various chapels, a amosque , library and cells for the monks.

The monastery contains the Katholikon, various chapels, a amosque , library and cells for the monks.

Bell tower (left) & Mosque Minaret (right)

Bell tower (left) & Mosque Minaret (right)

Saint Catherine's Monastery below Mount Sinai

Saint Catherine’s Monastery below Mount Sinai

The monastery of St. Catherine in Sinai, Egypt, is the oldest active Christian monastery in the world. It is the site where Moses is supposed to have seen the burning bush.

The monastery’s library holds a unique collection of Byzantine manuscripts second only to the vatican in scale. The site is sacred to both Christianity and Islam. A mosque was built within the walls of the monastery, but it has never been used since it is not correctly oriented towards Mecca.

Built between 548 and 565 the massive granite walls have stood for over fourteen centuries. The walls were repaired in 1801 during Napoleon’s Egyptian expedition. The bell tower was built in 1871 and contains nine bells of different sizes that were a gift of the Czars of Russia.

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