"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see"
- Henry David Thoreau
"For the perfect flâneur, for the passionate spectator, it is an immense joy to set up house in the heart of the multitude, amid the ebb and flow of movement, in the midst of the fugitive and the infinite. To be away from home and yet to feel oneself everywhere at home; to see the world, to be at the centre of the world, and yet to remain hidden from the world"
- Charles Baudelaire
We all look, but we don't all see the same things - if we see anything at all, that is. Photography forces the eye to see differently, to find the things we wouldn't normally notice.
I have a particular love of street photography, combined with a delight in travelling to new places - the uncertainty of what's around the next corner, the peculiarities of human behaviour revealed, the strange juxtapositions that present themselves, all make exploring the streets with camera in hand and eyes open a rewarding experience. In the Nineteenth century it might have been described as being a flaneur - strolling the streets apparently with no motive or destination but in fact keenly observing all that is going on.
I also love black and white photography - it's hard to explain, but somehow it strips the subject down to its essence, and conveys a feeling you just don't get with most colour photography.
I'm based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I trained originally as an archaeologist but now work in software development, going from the very old to the very new.Don't hesitate to contact me via the Contact form on the menu if you have any questions. Note that pictures in the galleries are displayed at a lower resolution than actual size, for speed and security reasons.
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And a big shout-out for my brother Declan McHugh's excellent horror walking tour in London - not for the faint-hearted! :