17th March 2018
The beautiful Roman and Georgian architecture of Bath - click on the picture below to see pictures from my trip.
Night at the Museum
2nd Feb 2018
We had our (very late or very early) work Christmas dinner in the Ulster Museum, and as part of that we got to go on a treasure hunt around the museum at night - great fun!
Some pictures from the night below - no exhibits were harmed :)
Shortlisted for Black and White Photographer of the Year
15th Jan 2018
I was very pleased to find out recently that I had been shortlisted for Black and White Photography magazine's Photographer of the Year and, while I didn't win, one of my two shortlisted pictures was published in the printed magazine, and the other one in the digital edition. The two shortlisted pictures are below; the first one, taken at Alcatraz, was published in the printed magazine. I liked how the ranger's hat was mirrored by the lamp and its shadow. The second one was taken in Belfast (in fact, I was testing out a new lens and this was literally the second shot I took with it, so I'm very proud of the picture!)
There were some some brilliant photographs entered in the competition so I'm honoured to have made the final cut.
A Hipster New Year
2nd Jan 2018
24th Dec 2017
Just returned from my first visit to Paris in 12 years. Click below for pictures from the trip.
New York, New York
27th Nov 2017
My Father's House
11th Nov 2017
Waiting for Ophelia
16th Oct 2017
10th Oct 2017
Wanderings around the grounds of Winterfell - otherwise known as Castle Ward, Strangford. Game of Thrones is filmed here. It has absolutely beautiful grounds, especially on a sunny Autumnal afternoon.
Orkney Islands Trip
25th Sept 2017
The Italian Chapel
20th Sept 2017
The amazing Italian Chapel, on one of the Orkney islands - it was built by Italian POWs during the second World War, constructed from two Nissan huts. The prisoners were in a camp here, building the Churchill barriers (sea barriers against German submarine attacks). The place has a very special atmosphere, it really moved me.
You can read more about it here:
The Stones of Stenness
19th Sept 2017
The massive Neolithic stone circle at Stenness, Orkney. The stones are absoutley huge - one is over 5m high.
17th Sept 2017
A Steep climb up this old volcanic mountain behind Edinbugh but worth it for the view (and the sun came out, too)
Death in Edinburgh
16th Sept 2017
I'm in Edinburgh in transit to the Orkneys, and visited the famous GreyfrIars kirk graveyard this afternoon. It's reputedly haunted and with grave monuments like this you can see why. Lots of skulls, bones and hour-glasses, a sobering sight on a drizzly, dreek afternoon.
***Runner up in EISA Maestro 2017 competition!***
I was delighted to find out recently that I was a runner up in the EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) Maestro 2017 competition, on the theme of Street life. I submitted a set of pictures mostly taken on my recent visit to Hong Kong.
Some of the winning picture were featured in a recent addition of the UK's Amateur Photographer magazine.
You can see the pictures here
Adventures in Sweden
Some pictures from my recent visit to Sweden. What a beautiful country, - wonderful landscapes and friendly people.
Incredibly expensive though - a beer was typically about £8 and a glass of wine seemed to start at £10!
Rambles in Kilbroney
The Killard Peninsula
The Abandoned Village of Yim Tin Tsai
While in Hong Kong in April I was fortunate to get to visit the abandoned village on the island of Yim Tin Tsai.
The island , in the New Territories, was first settled in the Nineteeth century by Hakka people who were later converted to Christianity by missionaries. The community gradually diminished and was completely abandoned 20 or 30 years ago, with the houses left to rot. In recent years it has become something of a tourist attraction.
Click below to see the gallery.