A Modern Idiot's
Photography is a pursuit of an ever-shifting reality, an attempt to capture that connection between photographer and subject that are bound in a web of space-time, paused for eternity at that magical quantum moment when they become one.
Travel photography can be especially rewarding as it documents a photographer's mental journey as much as it does the physical, an irreversible path that everyone undertakes whether they want to or not, and whether they go anywhere or not, in a universe that is awesome and complex yet also raw and simple, especially in its beauty which has the power to render us speechless time and time again.
It can certainly be more fun, exciting and rewarding though to get outside your comfort zone and shake off your prejudices by hauling your butt over a few continents, that's for sure.
If you get even a fraction of the enjoyment from viewing these images as I did from capturing them, I'll count that as a win.
Street-Food Vendors - Gujarat, India - 2006
Not many western travellers make it to Gujarat which is a shame as there are some stunning mountain-top temple sites to visit
as well as better-known spots such as Ghandi's ashram.
Alhambra Blue - Granada, Spain - 2015
It's difficult to take an non-generic picture of the stunning love letter to Granada that is the Alhambra.
I know because I have many, but beautiful as they are, I like the subtlety of this shot.
If there's only one palace fortress you visit in Europe, make it this one.
El Granadino - Granada, Spain - 2014
This could almost be a studio shot of someone's pet; it's actually the most gorgeous stray cat
sitting on the white bonnet/hood of a car, who was more than happy to pose with his bad-boy face on.
Girl skipping - Lamu, Kenya - 2010
Lamu is a small Kenyan island close to the border with Somalia, famous for its massive, beautifully-crafted hardwood doors, donkey sanctuary and abodes of rich westerners, whom Somali pirates promptly started kidnapping about a year after this picture was taken. I'm not rich but still, timing is everything.
Fishermen - Malindi, Kenya - 2010
Super old school, these fishermen were found further south on Kenya's muslim coast in a town called Malindi. The fish were delicious and, as a side-note, I've never been treated with more respect and kindness as a traveller than when in muslim-majority areas: always being offered free food, drink and friendly conversation.
Iron Man Dragonfly - Embalse de San Clemente, Huéscar/Castril, Spain - 2014
Dragonflies. They're funky.
You'll find lots of them in the flooded valley reservoir of San Clemente, which is itself stunning.
Pipes - City of London, England - 2017
Pipes. Who doesn't love big metal pipes? This is one view of the Lloyds building that sits just opposite
the Gherkin, near Leadenhall Market..
Window Cleaner's Paradise - City of London, England - 2017
London is full of interesting modern buildings that define it's young, high-rise skyline, and the Gherkin was
one of the very first to appear. It became an icon almost instantly and never fails to please with its patterns
and shades of green. This spot in the City is full of industrial architectural beauty.
Leadenhall Market - City of London, England - 2017
It would be remiss of me not to include Leadenhall, which has been the site of a market for over 2,000 years.
It's a well-worn pilgrimage destination for Harry Potter fans and more broadly by foodies everywhere.
There is an extraordinary amount of history, myth and legend packed into this beautiful space, which you can read about here: Leadenhall Market » Heritage
Albino - Vejer de la Frontera, Spain - 2013
This albino horse was being shown at the féria of Vejer, in Cádiz province.
I liked it better in monochrome. Horses are majestic creatures that I still find intimidating.
Boy in Mist - Agra, India - 2006
After shooting the Taj the day before, I got up early and headed over the river to get some alternative shots.
This figure just appeared out of nowhere.
This is one of a few times I wished I'd had something better than a compact to shoot on for that trip.
Just means I'll have to go back and re-shoot everything one day. What a shame!
Family for Scale - Agra, India - 2006
The Taj Mahal is built on a scale that's difficult to really appreciate until you've seen it in person, especially when you realise how much detail and intricacy there is within all the engravings and inlays.
It's just astounding, and this picture doesn't do it justice either.
Can you imagine if the full plan was realised - an identical Taj in Black marble on the opposite side of the river.
Mantis - Valéncia, Spain - 2013
If you ever have the chance to have a large mantis on your hand, try it - it's unnerving!
Classroom - Central Province, Kenya - 2010
The kids learning here are from an extremely impoverished part of Kenya.
Everything they have here is either donated or made from scratch, and sometimes both.
It can be difficult to come away positively from a volunteer gig in countries like Kenya, as there is so much corruption within the charitable organisations themselves.
If you are thinking of donating to a charity/NGO, please do lots of research first so you can be sure your money will actually reach the people it should be supporting!
Bloody Sunset - Alicante, Spain - 2013
This is from the top of the Castillo de Santa Bárbara, Alicante's old stronghold.
I was only going to go up once while I was there so was stoked to get such rich colours.