Lingonberries and Space-transcending Crows : Helsinki and Tallinn
24th Sept - 1st Oct
Having visited the Faroe Islands earlier in the summer, I still had a yearning for some more Nordic adventures. I had a look at the atlas and decided that Helsinki would be an ideal destination. Not only is it a beautiful city but it's also ideally placed for a visit to another country and destination - Tallinn, in Estonia, only a couple of hours away by ferry.
Cows on a Beach
20th Aug 2018
World Map of Photo Locations
18th Aug 2018
After playing about with the website a bit I realised that I could add an interactive map of where my pictures were taken. It doesn't show all pictures but if you click on the picture that pops up on the map, it'll take you to the gallery and you can browse other pictures in and around that location.
You can access the map through the World Map option on the menu, or click on the link below.
The Faroe Islands
16th-23rd July 2018
I've wanted to visit the Faroe Islands for several years, after seeing a book of photographs taken there while I was in a bookshop in Reykjavik. It looked so...different - the dramatic scenery, the turf-roofed houses, the puffins. Well, last week I finally got to go and I wasn't disappointed (ok, the weather could have been a bit better, but you can't have everything).
Click the link below for an account of my trip:
Sunshine in the Sperrins
2nd Jul 2018
A weekend in the lovely Sperrins region of Northern Ireland.
Click on the pictures below to go to the gallery.
8th May 2018
Pictures from my trip to Inverness in Scotland. The city is beautifully located at the start of the Scottish Highlands. I was particularly impressed by Culloden battlefield, scene of the last pitched battle in Great Britain, in 1746.
Click below for an account of my visit.
Sunshine in Strangford
29th April 2018
It's always a pleasure to visit Strangford village, in Co. Down, but when the sun is shining, like it was this weekend, it brings it to a whole other level. Some pictures below:
16th April 2018
I first visited Florence 30 years ago (I can hardly believe it!) while Inter-Railing, so it was great to get to revisit it last week after all these years. Click the link below for pictures from the trip.
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.
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2nd Jan 2018 A Hipster New Year
24th Dec 2017 Paris
27th Nov 2017 - New York, New York
11th Nov 2017 - My Father's House
16th Oct 2017 - Sligo
10th Oct 2017 - Winterfell Wanderings
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.
25th Sept 2017 - Orkney Islands
July 2017- Runner up EISA
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
July 2017 - 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!
July 2017 - Rambles in Kilbroney
June 2017 - The Killard Peninsula
April 2017 - 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.