Reading College is 60… SAVE THE DATE…

November 08, 2015

… they are having an OPEN EVENING on Wednesday November 11th from 5- 7.30pm

The college has undergone a few mergers and name changes since it was opened and visited by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother 60 years ago, but the buildings are still essentially the same as I remember them.

Yes, I went there to become a photographer! I went to Berkshire College of Art and Reading Tech, as Reading College was known then 30 years ago (!). I was back in the neighborhood too this summer with the exhibition Reading: A Start & A Return.

During the exhibition I had the good fortune to meet with Dot, Federica, Jamie and Joycelyn who work at the college. They kindly arranged to host, as part of the 60th anniversary celebration a new (and so far unseen) series of photographs, that I took in the streets behind the college this summer. The photographs have been up since October 23rd but so far only those attending the college, or the celebration event that day, have been able to see them.

That is about to change though. On the evening of Wednesday 11th November from 5 – 7.30pm, the doors of the college will open to the wider community. Everyone will be able to enter the college, find out about their programs, meet their students and faculty and see my newest set of photographs- Gated Community.

I’d like to invite you to take a look.
Reading college, Kings Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 4HJ, UK.
Wednesday 11th November 5pm – 7.30pm.

OPEN EVENING LINK (you don’t have to sign up)


P.S. Why not take your camera and send me a postcard sized image of those very same streets while you are visiting the college- take a flash or torch with you- it’ll be dark! (or go early to take a wander around before the open evening.) You can find the info on my Reading Postcards project HERE (camera or cell phone – everyone welcome to participate regardless of skill level)

The Glasgow Gallery of Photography

November 08, 2015

I am delighted to announce that my photographs of Glasgow in the late 1980s are featured on the website of The Glasgow Gallery of Photography.

‘The Glasgow Gallery of Photography was set up in 2015 by a group of
Glasgow photographers with the plans to create a New Gallery dedicated to
photography in Glasgow… A gallery that is open to everyone who wishes to exhibit
their work.’

Sounds good to me! Why not send them your work? Or help them fund raise. Looking forward to the day when I can see photos on the walls! About time I went back!



October 26, 2015

Opening on Friday night a series of my images will be shown at the exhibition Displacement.

The exhibition will open at 6pm on Friday 30th November at 44AD Artspace, Basement Gallery, 4 Abbey Street, Bath BA1 1NN. It will be open daily 12-5pm to 15th November.

Here’s the Facebook event link Displacement

and what’s on this weekend in Bath & Bristol


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October 23, 2015

Today was my first trip to the new end of the line, 34th St / Hudson Yards, on the 7 train.
It’s deep, the escalator ride is like the underground, minus the ads (for now!)

Wonderfully empty too!



August 31, 2015

Finally! It’s been a couple of weeks since the exhibition I was in with 4 other photographers finished its run and I’ve just managed to get my exhibition photographs online! If you couldn’t get to Reading now you will have a chance to see what was up.

I had two sets of work in the exhibition.
Very different from each other but both concerned with change, time, the times, distance, place, technology, photography and relationships. So not too much to consider there!

Syncretize is my thoughts on living life between two places over thirty years and how that affects my relationships with people and place. This is a different sort of project for me but one that has been very rewarding. Especially when the subjects of my photographs visited the gallery to see their own photographs. That made my day. The thirty years came full circle.

Postcards of Reading was, at the beginning of the exhibition, a set of postcard sized prints from 1985 that were taken in the Newtown area of Reading (where Berkshire College of Art & Design was, and also where the Turbine House is). But, during the run of the exhibition I  went out with my camera and some other photographers on a few photo walks. This resulted in some new images from all of us that were shown in a pop up exhibition on the last day of the show.

Although I have been to Reading since I left college this was the first time in 30 years I had gone back to photograph in the same area. It was such an amazing thing to do. The area still has basically the same layout so it was familiar to walk around and having the old photographs to hand made it easy for me to see some of the changes. Particularly how much the trees had grown around the water tower! Of course I could see that some things had changed without photos- The Dove for instance is now newly built housing.

Although I had old photographs with me I didn’t want to produce the same images again. Although I must admit to a thrill of excitement when I found the phone box and the house with the steps and did photograph them as I had originally!

Photographically I wanted to bounce around several ideas in this project. I did want to show change between then and now, but I also wanted visual links between the old and new images, in effect answering the old images with a new one. But not necessarily by photographing the same thing. Also the new photographs suggested other things to photograph. I also wanted to show different areas in Newtown. In the old images I photographed more people and spoke with them. This time I didn’t photograph so many people and only spoke with one lady, who posed for me. This was a big change over the thirty years in what I like to photograph, I don’t really photograph strangers anymore. I also photographed the riverside. I much prefer the built urban environment over nature but really wanted to fully show the area. The images on the website are the ones that I showed at the Turbine House. I have more though, so expect to see a few materialize in the future.



I am also starting to post the other photographer’s images (and some of mine) on tumblr. Don’t forget if you can get to Reading I’d love to get a postcard – see the tumblr for details! –


The exhibition website for info on the photographers who exhibited with me at the Turbine house: Richard Pinches, Dave Willis, Darran Gough and Peter Cole is –


Let me know what you think. Is it the Reading you remember or how you imagined?

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August 29, 2015

This is now – it is still there!

Previously I posted a photograph of the gas tower in the Newtown area of Reading that I took 30 years ago. Previous post,

Now I have photographed it again…

In fact during the exhibition in Reading several people were drawn to take photographs of it for my Postcards of Reading 2015 archive project. To showcase these images I have started a tumblr. From today, each day I will post a new photograph taken in Newtown, between 25th July 2015 and the end of this year. I’m going to start with photographs of the gas tower.

If you would like to get involved, why not take your camera and walk around Newtown! Mail your postcard sized photographs to me, you can find address details and all the photographs (eventually!) here: Postcards of Reading 2015