France

Petite Camargue alsacienne

The Petite Camargue Alsacienne is a French nature reserve along the Rhine, just north of the border with Switzerland. It was founded in 1982 as a protected habitat by the French government and is named for the huge nature reserve seven hundred kilometres away, on the shores of…

2nd July 2017 | Read more »

The Quest for Inspiration

The Quest for Inspiration

This is the trailer for “La Quête d’Inspiration”, a documentary film by Mathieu Le Lay about the experiences in the wilderness of French landscape photographer Alexandre Deschaumes. You can purchase the full-length film at Reelhouse.

1st March 2015 | Read more »

Sad attempt at romance

Compare and contrast the trends on the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris. The first of these photos was taken in 1996 or 1997 and the second was taken last weekend. These days, the lattices (and some of the old-fashioned street lights) along both sides of the bridge are covered…

8th January 2014 | Read more »

After Sieff

Black-and-white memories of a dodgy hotel in the back streets of Paris in the 1990s.

14th September 2013 | Read more »

C’était un Rendezvous

C’était un Rendezvous

One of my favourite pieces of non-fiction film: an eight and a half minute sequence filmed by Claude Lelouch on the streets of Paris in 1976.

22nd July 2012 | Read more »

The Squares of Arras

The slightly disappointing centre of the historic city of Arras, with its two main squares filled with traffic and cars.

5th July 2012 | Read more »

Up to Arras

Once again, it’s past midnight and the suitcase is almost packed, lying nearby after I became distracted by bills which need paying and hotels which need booking. Jo is away already, arrived in Scotland after a mammoth journey, and I am kicking my heels across Europe until we meet again…

15th June 2012 | Read more »

The Tradition of Freedom

The beginning of the summer camping season on the Piémançon beaches in the Camargue region of southern France.

14th May 2012 | Read more »

Pingoes in the Camargue

Seeing wild flamingoes for the first time, in the south of France.

12th May 2012 | Read more »

Free photos, and why I’m making them available

Any photographer offering free photos should have a good reason for doing so. This is why I've chosen to make a large portion of my photographic archive available.

14th March 2011 | Read more »

Technical case study: New websites for Burson-Marsteller EMEA

My biggest work project in 2010 was the re-building of the wide network of websites for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region of Burson-Marsteller.

3rd January 2011 | Read more »

I Remember

There are some times of year when it's strange to be at home in a country where the national history is different. In November, two of them fall within days of each other: Guy Fawkes Night and Armistice Day.

11th November 2010 | Read more »

Road Trip 2010 – Switzerland to Belgium

The first leg of this year's summer holiday takes us from home in Switzerland through France, Luxembourg and Belgium.

23rd June 2010 | Read more »

Lac Léman at Montreux

A panoramic view of Lac Léman from the top floor of the Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic in Montreux.

6th June 2010 | Read more »

Get Shorty

A gallery of images from my journey to the U.K. and back in 2006, collecting Jo to bring her to live with me in Switzerland.

22nd April 2010 | Read more »

Notes from a flight home

Short observational notes taken on a flight between Edinburgh and Geneva.

5th January 2010 | Read more »

Don’t ride the rails drunk, kids

I woke a sleeping drunk last night, when the train to Interlaken terminated in Spiez due to the onward line being blocked. He looked at me blurrily and asked whether he needed to catch the onward replacement bus service to get to Grenoble. (Which is in France.) In other words,…

1st December 2009 | Read more »

Dieppe in winter

It seems that even back in the 1990s, I still knew a thing or two about timing when it came to “street” photography. On arrival in Normandy during a trip to visit a French camera club for the weekend with friends from Yateley Camera Club, this was the scene…

2nd March 2009 | Read more »

Wedding trip part 2: Reims to the Channel Tunnel

More entries in this series can be found here. A Buffalo Grill restaurant in the greyness of Laon. After a good night’s sleep in Reims, we headed onward towards our appointment with the cross-Channel tunnel at a rate of knots, passing through the first toll booth of the…

31st July 2008 | Read more »

Wedding trip part 1: Switzerland to Reims

I love travelling back and forth between Britain and Switzerland. Although it’s a long way, the journey is made pretty easy by the fact that most of the long haul is through France, where undulating countryside and unfamiliar landscape provides a level of interest and flat, straight, empty motorways make…

24th July 2008 | Read more »

Haute Koenigsbourg, France

This idyllic landscape was our first proper stop of our long journey up to Scotland. We pulled off the motorway after spotting the castle on the hill and banked vineyards, glowing in the autumn sunshine. After winding our way through a small village amidst the vines, we found a…

24th October 2007 | Read more »

Au musée du Louvre

This is one of many photographs I’ve recently re-discovered, whilst scanning a massive number of negatives stretching from the early 1970s to the present day. The earliest are by my father, but the more recent ones are of my own making, between school days in 1989 and the present day.

20th August 2006 | Read more »