Photography

Photograph of a print of the lake shore at Gunten in Switzerland

The pleasure is in the process

What I get out of taking the time and effort to take landscape images with a proper camera, and printing them to make proper photographs you can hold in your hand.

19th June 2018 | Read more »

Under an Arctic Sky

Under an Arctic Sky

Before “Under An Arctic Sky” was even an idea or a film it was a love affair with surfing in cold water.

18th December 2017 | Read more »

One man, one camera, 6,000 miles

One man, one camera, 6,000 miles

The Perimeter is a photography project by Quintin Lake, based on walking 10,000km around the coast of Britain in sections. The journey started on 17th April 2015 at St Paul’s cathedral.

4th February 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 »

Using your shoulder as a camera rest

Using your shoulder as a camera rest

A tip I passed on to a participant at a photo workshop last weekend was one I learned from Joe McNally: not on how to light your subject or how to interact with them, but how to manage your heavy camera. By holding the camera in one hand and…

27th August 2013 | Read more »

In Memoriam – Kodachrome

When digital photography went mainstream, it was the death knell to Kodachrome, even devout Kodachrome enthusiasts migrated from the venerable film to their DSLRs, providing the photographer a level of control that would have been unimaginable with good old Kodachrome. Kodachrome was a victim of advancement, and as the years…

18th July 2013 | Read more »

Taking good photographs is a skill with a value

It continues to surprise me that so many people blankly refuse to understand that even the most simple photographs take a modicum of effort to create. Sure, the act of pressing a button on a camera takes just a moment, but the skills of knowing when to press it, how…

17th June 2013 | Read more »

The Bigger View

A trend I’ve noticed in the past couple of years, particularly when travelling or photographing weddings, is the ubiquity of the iPad as a camera. It took me aback a little the first time I saw an iPad in the wild, but the more often I see it, the more…

23rd April 2013 | Read more »

Studio workshop

I ran the latest of my photographic workshops last weekend and chose (mainly because of the time of year) to hold it in the studio. Thanks to the ready availability of the studio space at Satzart in Bern, we were able to use the spacious room to cover basic introduction to the Elinchrom equipment and lighting in general, before moving on to more specific setups in the afternoon.

10th December 2011 | Read more »

Studio training course in Bern

I ran a course earlier in the year on the subject of portraiture and lighting, which was very well received by the attendees and which I really enjoyed organizing. I’ve been planning to run a similar photo course for a while now, and have decided that the next event will…

19th October 2011 | Read more »

I wish you would let me take your portrait

I love taking portraits of people; whether I know them or not. I do it because of my passion for the image, not for financial gain, and I really wish more people would volunteer to let me photograph them. Here's why.

28th September 2011 | Read more »

Inspiration: Gregory Crewdson

Inspiration: Gregory Crewdson

Whilst presenting my One Frame Movie photos at the Open Show in Lausanne this week, I mentioned Gregory Crewdson. I first became aware of his work in 2008 via David Hobby’s blog and have admired his process ever since. He’s technically more of a…

20th August 2011 | 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 »

I do (wedding photography)

Repeated good feedback on my photography and a recent equipment purchase have convinced me to start photographing weddings more regularly.

22nd February 2011 | Read more »

Interview in Czech photo blog Odcloneno

I was contacted a while back by the editor of Czech photo blog Odcloněno, Michal Fanta: Michal asked to interview me and use some of my photos on the blog. The interview was published this morning; here's the English transcript. Many thanks to Michal for the exposure and, as he's mentioned; please do get in touch if you'd like to volunteer for this year's continuation of the One Frame Movie series.

21st February 2011 | Read more »

New galleries online for Brienz and Spiez

The extensions and improvements to the Permanent Tourist website continue apace, with new galleries in the Photography section.

29th January 2011 | Read more »

Presentation at Photo 10

When visiting photographic exhibitions, I am often struck by how little thought is given to presentation, when so much time and effort has obviously been given to the photographs themselves.

10th January 2011 | Read more »

Review of 2010

My year in pictures for 2010.

1st January 2011 | Read more »

2011 calendar now available to order

The 2011 edition of my annual photographic calendar, featuring travel and landscape photographs from Scotland, England, Switzerland and Italy, is now available to order via the Lulu.com website.

1st December 2010 | Read more »

The precision of traditional landscape photography

A view of the river Aare at Unterseen, next to Interlaken, and some thoughts on the meticulous detail of traditional landscape photography.

31st October 2010 | Read more »

Images Festival in Vevey

The Images Festival of Visual Arts is the only open air photographic festival in Switzerland, which takes place in the picturesque town of Vevey, on the shores of Lake Geneva, every two years.

19th September 2010 | Read more »

Take the tourist shot

When I first planned to hike to Bachalp above Grindelwald, I had envisaged not taking the photo above. However, the reception which the photo has received since posting it to Flickr has made me glad that I did.

6th August 2010 | Read more »

Studio fun

I return to the studio this weekend, to use full studio lighting for the first time in many years and share experience and ideas with a number of colleagues from the Swiss Strobist group.

7th May 2010 | Read more »

The eye of the beholder

I learned an important lesson in portrait photography last weekend: that of how ready the subject is to see themselves in an honest and detailed image, when they may be seeing themselves this way for the first time.

16th February 2010 | Read more »