I've worked at a University in Leicester for the last three years and a five minute walk from my building takes you to the calm waters of the River Soar. Like any British waterway there's an abundance of life there, a large number of Mute Swans, Canada Geese, incredibly noisy Black Headed Gulls but most interestingly of all two very large colonies of city pigeons. They're almost like anti-subject matter...
Following another invitation from Amateur Photographer, I've completed another article for the magazine, this time on infrared photography. Best of all I've landed my second cover in a month with Refuge, one of my absolute favourites from 2014.
I've spent a bit of time reconnecting with some mono work lately, especially since I started shooting some night scenes with the Nikon Df. I used to spend a lot more time with black & white than I have done this year and in the process I often looked in awe at Black+White Photography magazine for inspiration. It's a very cool and elegant title indeed, a volume of genuine distinction and quality, in my view a cut above many of the other monthlies you'll find it nestling amongst on the shelves of WH Smith...
It might seem like an odd thing to announce towards the end of 2014 but it only just came to my attention that I've previously been awarded five Honorable Mentions at the International Photography Awards 2012.
June was a very busy month, especially for infrared work. Our English summer is in full flight and for once it's wall to wall sunshine and blue skies. That may not be to everyone's taste for landscape photography but for those who have invested in Infrared capability like I have then there are no better conditions.
After the photographically challenging period through February where I seemed to really struggle to find something I liked for weeks, March turned into an immense month photography wise. There is no doubt that come the end of the year I would probably be able to pick half of my favourite images from the sessions I had in this month - and sometimes you only need a few hours to fill a card with a whole set of images which have impact or poise, the right drama or subtlety.
I'm very pleased to say that for the third year running I have been short listed for the Take A View Landscape Photographer Of The Year, it's the competition that every landscape photographer in the UK wants to do well in.
As the year draws to a close, it's inevitable that we spend time reflecting on our lives and as photographers the journey we have taken through the passing months. It's certainly been quite a big year from my point of view with a lot of changes in approach, equipment and finally ending up by wanting to inspire others and passing on much of what I've learned by launching a programme of workshops.