“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."
30 Dec, 2020

If only for an inspiring post….

With 2020 drawing to a close, many of us are looking forward to a more prosperous new year.  A well worn phrase which has a greater significance than normal.  As a photographer I have been encouraged by the ingenuity and effort made by many photographers to pursue their craft, despite facing the challenges presented by […]

19 Sep, 2020

A reminder of the steps taken?

As a regular reader of Petapixel (a website offering Photography and Camera News, Reviews, and Inspiration), I recently came across an article about Analogue Wonderland – an online store specialising in camera film, with the aim of making it easy for film photographers to find their next film: the next creative vehicle for their vision. […]

30 Aug, 2020

I need to make a decision!

Well, if I am being honest, the decision concerned is not entirely mine. What I am referring too relates to my intended trip to Malawi which has been further delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.  Just to recap, last year I made contact with a Scottish based NGO operating in Northern Malawi.  At first, […]

8 Jun, 2020

Black Lives Matter – Edinburgh

Many have heard of events in the United States which has resulted in deaths of people of colour in police custody.  A problem which is not unique to those who live within the US.  It remains a matter which affects us all. George Floyd, from what I have read, is a 46-year-old who was born […]

18 Apr, 2020

A reflective thought

With the COVID-19 “lockdown” continuing (atleast within the UK), I hope you remain safe.  It is in this is this time of self-isolation, I reflect on some fo the conversations I have had as a photographer – whilst looking forward to a time when the lock-down has been lifted. Two of the incidents I have […]

14 Mar, 2020

Covid -19 and Photography.

With the World Health Organisation declaring the ongoing issues of Coronavirus a Global Pandemic, countries worldwide are taking their precautions to tackle this virus. Countries which currently have no reported cases, are also taking steps to protect themselves.  It is with this as a backdrop I write this blog post.  Before I continue, I should […]

8 Jan, 2020

A new decade…

It is a new year, traditionally a time to look forward and start anew.  But one key thought comes to mind – if you do wish to start anew, this can be done at any point during the year.  I know that this may seem obvious, but a new decade has arrived nonetheless. For me, […]

16 Nov, 2019

Garry Fabian Miller

Last night, I attended the annual photographers lecture organised by The Scottish Society of the History of Photography (SSHoP).  Since 1994, SSHoP has organised a series of Annual Lectures delivered both by photographers invited to Scotland and by those resident in the country.  This year, the talk was given by Garry Fabian Miller.  With the […]

4 Oct, 2019

Three meetings and an idea

This week, I have had three encouraging meetings. The first was with the social enterprise People Know How.  With a forthcoming event being hosted by this organisation – which I have been asked asked to photograph, this was the first of two planning meetings I am involved with. Many of the details I am unable […]

25 Jul, 2019

The Activestills Collective

Over the last week, there have been two events which have occurred. The first, was  meeting a couple of friends in a photography studio. An enjoyable couple of hours with a good selection of images to work on.  The second event was an illustrated talk presented by a young award winning Palestinian photographer Ahmad Al-Bazz. […]

12 Apr, 2019

Self Evidence: Photographs by Woodman, Arbus and Mapplethorpe

Woodman, Arbus and Mapplethorp are three names I have rarely heard being mentioned together.  To some extent, I feel a little ashamed for saying so – but Mapplethorpe, I must admit, was a name I knew least well. For many, Francesca Woodman, Diane Arbus and Robert Mapplethorpe are three of the twentieth century’s most influential […]

8 Feb, 2019

No search for the Loch Ness Monster

I have recently been to Inverness, a city in the Scottish Highlands with Culloden Battlefield and Loch Ness nearby.  A city I have not been to for many years. The trip was not for anything special, a few days a way, but whilst there I came across an interview broadcast on BBC News, with Sir […]

1 Jan, 2019

The new year has arrived. 

Let me start by wishing everyone a Prosperous New Year.  For many, the New Year can be a time of renewal; Hogmanay (the name given to the last day of the year here in Scotland) acts as a symbolic “line in the sand” to put our past behind us and move forward – usually whilst […]

7 Nov, 2018

A year to remember

November has returned – and so have the fireworks concerts hosted by the charity Scottish Love in Action. These concerts were established eight years ago as an annual event for this charity as a means of raising funds for their work (and, to an extent, raising their profile).  With three concerts held on two days […]

10 Sep, 2018


It has been a while since I last posted, but I have been keeping myself busy! Firstly, I have been working on my website; something which will develop over time. Secondly, plans are afoot to travel to Tanzania. Yesterday, I attended a trustee meeting for the organisation Sashita SCIO – a Scottish charity established in 2008 to improve the […]

11 Jul, 2018

Ladies Day Out

It has been a while since I last made an entry, but my work continues.  Last week, I attended an event co-hosted by Safer by Sound and Building Bridges in a venue called Santosa; …A Yoga Studio incorporating a vegan/veggie cafe and Scotland’s widest range of ethically sourced, fairly traded products. It was an enjoyable […]

18 Mar, 2018

London Calling!

This week has seen me visit London. Not for very long – only a couple of nights, but enjoyable none the less; and there are a few things I would like to share with you. The first is an exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery called: Another kind of life: Photography on the margins. An exhibition […]

15 Feb, 2018

A fundraiser

Last Friday, I attended a fundraising event for two local organisations; Aid and Abet and Safer by Sound. Although it was an evening I can only describe as enjoyable; I must also admit, it left me thinking it was an excellent networking opportunity. This may seem obvious to some, but the feeling I had was […]

4 Jan, 2018

A new year, a new start.

As a start, may I wish you a happy and prosperous new year! Admittedly, a standard phrase for this time of year, but a new year none the less; and I look forward to the months ahead. During December, I used a studio for the first time since I left college in 2003 (albeit for an hour […]

8 Dec, 2017

One step forward, two steps back…

I’ve had an interesting week which has included a trip to Glasgow to attend the 5th Annual Crossreach Volunteer Graduation Ceremony. As an organisation which offers assistance to those in recovery from Alcohol and Substance misuse, Crossreach has also been offering volunteer training to those who have shown an interest in such voluntary positions; such […]


People Know How

Re:Connect – developing people’s social connections and digital skills Glenn Liddall, Head & Founder of People Know How talks about their project using digital technology to combat loneliness & isolation We believe that “People Know How” to identify their needs and the solutions that will help them fulfil their potential and solve social issues. Often, […]


CrossReach provides care and support to some of Scotland’s most vulnerable people. Our work is both challenging and exciting and as the Social Care Council of The Church of Scotland, is built upon a long tradition of service provision, dating back to 1869. Our aim is to meet people’s needs, whatever their life story. This […]

Positive Help

Positive Help is a charitable organisation that offers practical support to people living with or affected by HIV and/or Hepatitis C. The charity was set up in 1989 in response to clients’ requests for help with day-to-day tasks, which they were struggling to do by themselves as a result of their illness. Over the years, […]