"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
Everyone looks, but not everyone sees the same thing, if they see anything at all. 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.
Abandoned places are another strong photographic interest. I think this stems from having been an archaeologist for ten years (I have a doctorate in the subject). I feel a strong connection with the past anytime I see traces of the people who have come and gone many years previously.
Uniting much of my photography is a love of Black and white imagery - I like the fact that it strips the subject down to its essence, and conveys a feeling you don't normally get with colour photography.
I'm based in Belfast, Northern Ireland and currently work in software development. I can be contacted 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! :