Photographing the chair man.

An email pops in asking if I can take some reportage and editorial style portraits of a furniture maker for his website. We chat on the phone, hit it off, and a few days later I’m up north in Scotland in a wood shed photographing Jonathan Rose and we’re discussing chairs, his hand built intelligent furniture, owl droppings in sheds, and the general life of artists and photographers.

An enjoyable day in which the brief was to photograph some images of Jonathan at work, showing where and how he crafts his chairs, and to take some portraits he can use on his website and for various design magazines, brochures, trade fairs etc.

Below are a few frames from the shoot, and you can find Jonathan Rose Design website here.



Space and light

A few weeks back I was photographing an editorial portrait for Psychologies Magazine, and got to spend a very enjoyable few hours with Sandra Patterson of Kids Be Happy Ltd. Sandra was interviewed about the times when her job was tough, and she and her husband made the conscious decision to move home and to relocate to Dumfriesshire, to the countryside where the light was more plentiful, the air was abundant and a sense of openness brought a bit more harmony to their working life and decision making. Something I’m sure we can all learn from!

Here’s the spread from the magazine, showing how they used Sandra’s portrait, and then below some more photographs from the portrait shoot. Sandra was a great model, very patient, and had good ideas on where would be suitable locations for taking the photos.

Nil Desperandum, portraits

Nil Desperandum – Don’t despair! The motto of the Bellahouston Harriers running club that I train with.

For the past few years I’ve been running with the club, based in Glasgow’s Southside and established way back in 1892 making it one of Scotland’s oldest running and athletics clubs. With a prestigious history, including Olympians, it’s become a welcome addition to my week and life. And nicely, being a photographer who runs, or a runner who photographs, I can help out the club by photographing a lot of  which benefits the club. I may not win them any running medals, but I can shoot some portraits and pictures which all help with raising the profile of the club!

I never imagined when I took up running what an impact it would have on me, and the multitude of benefits it brings, not just the ability to run a few hundred metres to catch a bus. Learning to be a ‘runner’, learning to be able to leave the house and knock out a 10km or half marathon run brings huge pleasure, and benefits to health and to mental health (important when for all but important for freelancers who can sometimes live in a bubble of their own profession). But the running also brings me mental fortitude which when times get tough, when the assignments slow down, or when you make a pitch for a big contract and then it passes by, then the ability to be tough, to stay the course and rebound strongly comes into play.

One of the other great benefits of joining the club has been the making of new friends and contacts, opening up of new conversations and experiences. Earlier this year I went with friends from the club for a drinking training weekend, and on the way back from a one mile time trial run on the Saturday afternoon I took the chance to shoot a few portraits of them against an old farm shed we passed. Proving true the old adage that the best camera you have is the one that you have on you.

For no other reason than getting some pics off my phone and laptop and onto the blog, and sharing some work from the past while, here are some iPhone-filtered portraits of my fellow Bellahouston Harrier runners. Nil desperandum.



An exhibition of work from the @EverydayClimateChange Instagram feed is currently on show at Glasgow’s Trongate 103 Arts centre, next to Street Level Photoworks in the city. As well as being a contributing photographer to the group Instagram account, I’ve also curated and produced this exhibition showcasing the work of my fellow colleagues and the issues of climate change around the globe.

04 October – 04 November

103 Trongate, Glasgow City Centre G1 5HD.




EverydayClimateChange is a collective Instagram account involving 20 photographers from 6 continents, depicting causes and effects of, and solutions to, everyday climate change. This  exhibition brings the photographic works of 14 of the contributors off the renowned EverydayClimateChange Instagram feed onto the gallery walls. Includes panel images by Ashley Crowther (based in South Korea), Sima Diab (Syrian, based in Egypt), Georgina Goodwin (based in Kenya), James Whitlow Delano (USA / Lives in Tokyo, Japan), Matilde Gattoni (Italy), Nick Loomis (based in Senegal), Ed Kashi (USA), Suthep Kritsanavarin (Thailand), Mette Lampcov (Danish, based in USA), John Novis (England), Mark Peterson (USA), J.B. Russell (USA, based in France), Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert(Scotland), Elisabetta Zavoli (Italian, based in Indonesia).

@EverydayClimateChange on Instagram

More info on @EverydayClimateChange exhibitions 

The exhibition features as part of the Season of Change, a UK-wide programme of cultural responses celebrating the environment and inspiring urgent action on climate change. It commenced on 1st June and runs until 16 December, coinciding with the COP24 UN Climate Negotiations in Katowice, Poland. More info here.

Panel design and exhibition support by Yuko Hirono / Cabin 8 Design.


Portrait of Magdalen

Earlier this summer, just after my year long Commonwealth photography assignment came to an end, I had the pleasure of visiting Magdalen College in Oxford, at their invitation, to work on a portrait project photographing the diversity of people who make the college what it is.

For a week I met the students, the office staff and scouts who keep the lodgings turning over, the professors, barman, porters, so many people, and with a keen eye for nosing around I made the use of my time to shoot the portraits in a variety of locations, unlocking dusty big heavy doors, and climbing little secret stairwells…

The portraits have gone on show this week in the Main Hall at Magdalen, hanging amongst the oil paintings of the great and good that have gone before, and beside those who take their seats at the Main Hall tables and who now make Magdalen what it is.

Many thanks to Calla, John, Rachel and Daryl for their invite (and these photos), and their incredible hospitality and generosity of enthusiasm during the project.