Best of 2018

Candid moments

I have always admired street photography, which I see as candid public photography and not merely pictures taken in a street location, and I like the challenges of trying to make pictures when people know I am there, and of spotting stuff and capturing the funny side. I’ve been doing more of this partly thanks to the smaller Fuji system and also after beginning a daily routine of walks around London. The final two black and white images also demonstrate something else – the astonishing range of tones that you can achieve using Lightroom app’s HDR option on an iPhone 8.

Brexit

For the London-based photographer Brexit is a dream photographic opportunity as well as being a national embarrassment. Westminster is a bus ride from home or a long hour’s walk, and I’ve going up on the days of big votes as well as going on the march for a second referendum. If nothing else, this nightmare has been great for British creativity.

Night photography

In the 1990s my drive home took me round the back of Victoria station and a view of Battersea Power Station caught my eye. I have various shots of the location, but now it is being rebuilt the view looks great at night.

Staithes on the N Yorkshire coast is a favourite with photographers, but that March evening the smoke seemed to offer me something different, something that made it mine. Then the car arrived, something that can make you wait until the scene is perfect again, but for some reason I decided not to wait and that it would complete the photo.

Lake District

I’ve done my usual share of landscape photography this year, but my favourites seem to be a bit quirkier than most years! Again, I’ll point to the Fuji, but also I got a Peak Design strap which is particularly long and encourages me to walk with the camera slung by my side and ready for use.

Re-enactment

Still very much into the English Civil War re-enactment scene, but I have also photographed the Ragged Victorians again, this time at the SS Great Britain.