Category Archives: my collections

When I’m out and about, on a walk, on a journey or somewhere new I find myself taking photos of things – interesting, unusual, pretty and often random things. A theme starts to develop and I start ‘collecting’ taking more photographs on the same theme. For instance one of my favourites is ‘doorways’ – they’re very interesting things entrance ways and locks and door knobs…… Before I know it I’ve started another collection, so I decided to create this virtual place to store them, an online photo album or scrapbook.

Often years later I’m subtly inspired by these collections, they seep into the new creative projects or artwork that I’m working on. I guess this is the nature of inspiration, it kind of sneaks up on you when you’re not looking. It’s great having this online receptacle for my collecting habit otherwise our home would be full of my hoarded junk – this way I get to scratch my collecting itch, albeit virtually!

Obey Shephard Fairey

September 2012: I took these photographs at the Shepard Fairey ‘Sound & Vision’ Exhibition at StolenSpace Gallery at the Truman Brewery, Brick Lane in London’s East End.  This exhibition ran over two spaces, with the main gallery set up as an installation – in the form of an old school record shop, whilst the rest of the exhibition took place in a pop-up gallery around the corner. Shepard, also often known as Obey, is a prolific artist so there was loads of artwork on display, but these photos are my edited highlights.

Les Machines de l’île

The other highlight of our long weekend in Nantes on the West Coast of France was the day we spent exploring the truely amazing Les Machines de l’île a totally unprecedented artistic project, born from the François Delarozière and Pierre Orefice’s imagination. A crossroads of Jules Verne’s “invented worlds”, of the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci, and of Nantes’ industrial history, on the exceptional site of the former shipyards. Forget Disneyland Paris – bring your kids here! I think these photos explain it much better than I can – I can’t wait to go back to see what they’ve been up to…

Le Voyage à Nantes

During an extended cmapervan trip around the West Coast of France we spent a very happy long weekend in Nantes exploring all that this incredibly creative city has to offer. One of the big highlights was the Le Voyage à Nantes an amazing art trail that covers 10-miles around the île de Nantes and the estuary. Highlights include an old cement factory that has been repurposed as a clock, an artificial wall that was dropped into the city and depicts all the famous people through history that have a connection with Nantes, a life size model of a traditional French house partly submerged in the esturary, a wonderful boardwalk that takes through otherwise inaccessible, marshlands, a series of beautiful rooftop gardens that have been sited on the roof of a decommissioned submarine base and a snake or serpent sculpture in the shallows – amazing! New installations and artworks are added to the trail each year – if you’re in that part of the world go see it.

My Walk to Work

May 2011: These photos were taken along the short walk from my home on Washington Avenue to my workshop at Mivart Street Studios. I live in an inner city neighbourhood in Bristol, so it’s alway an interesting walk, this particular morning I was fascinated by the strange collection of items that littered the streets, including a pair of shoes!  I’m always interested to see the latest graffiti and the way the wild flowers seem to manage to make their way in the urban landscape.