Photographic Art- The Start of an Expensive Habit. 1

Photographic Art- The Start of an Expensive Habit.

My love affair with photographic art books goes back over 20 years…we were in Whitby, just the two of us, the time pre kids. Within a second hand book shop I discovered a brand new, cellophane wrapped, copy of Jean Loup Sieff’s “ Forty Years of Photography”. It proved to be not just a seminal moment but the foundation for all the other books which followed.


I fell in love with his imagery years before I started to photograph with any seriousness at all; He underpinned my love affair with black and white coupled with the grainy film which he employed (and which makes me yearn to return to the days when I shot film). His book is the one on the left below...

My copy of his book is battered, the dust cover torn, however the biggest compliment that I can pay JLS is that each time I settle down and turn the pages an image will appear which I don’t believe I’ve seen before, patently this cannot be so…today it was plate 230 “ Palms in the Seychelles”

Google him….I challenge you not to be sucked into his clean, chic, sassy imagery, a mesmerising mix of the documentary with meticulously planned fashion shoots, famous faces (Alfred Hitchcock for one), the "beautiful people," and the mundane. More than these though was his awesome use of light, rich inky blacks , sparkling whites with every tone represented in between.

A complete class act and still my favourite!

A few from the collection below

An Autumn Family Shoot at Bolton Abbey 2

An Autumn Family Shoot at Bolton Abbey

I had a fun filled morning with these little guys, their Mum and Grandma a few weeks ago playing by the River Wharfe at Bolton Abbey. What a beautiful day it was with gorgeous Autumnal colours, soft slightly misty light and two little boys with tons of energy!

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Beginners Workshop Training Session Ilkley 3

Beginners Workshop Training Session Ilkley

Last Friday was a landmark day…I held my first workshop entitled “How to take Better Photos of your Children.” Aimed at beginners it was a long time in the planning but it felt hugely satisfying to pass on some of my experience gained over a decade of photographing children.

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