Recent tear sheets!

A small selection of some recent tear sheets for your delectation. It’s always pleasurable as a photographer to see your work in print, to smell the ink and see how the work has been laid out, to see the design of the magazine spread, to see if the designer has used it well, or cropped it badly…

From this month’s LandScape magazine, a spread of my photographs from the Common Ridings in Selkirk, shot as part of my project Unsullied and Untarnished (which will be on show at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery as of September 26th this year in a Document Scotland show.) Theses two following pics are only some of the spread, but the best pages. Alas it isn’t the most beautiful of spreads, a lot of the images have been cropped. But nice to see the photographs in print as always. (See a complete set of photographs of Scottish Common riding festivals here.)

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My photographs of Selkirk Common Ridings in LandScape magazine, 2015.


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My photographs of Selkirk Common Ridings in LandScape magazine, 2015.

The following portrait, of Professor Lorna Dawson of the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland, was shot by me recently on assignment for Nature Magazine. Prof. Dawson is a world leading expert of the forensic analysis of soil DNA, and along with her team she brings her formidable talents and knowledge to bare in helping crack crime cases round the world. Soil Sleuth indeed, and a very hospitable and friendly woman to hang out with on assignment. I great enjoyed this assignment on a  gloriously sunny Monday morning in Aberdeen. You can read the article about Professor Lorna Dawson, ‘Soil Sleuth’, here in Nature magazine.

Portrait of Professor Lorna Dawson, in Nature Magazine.


And the most colourful for last, a portrait photograph below from a few years back that I shot on assignment (originally for The Times newspaper) in Tokyo, Japan, of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. I had the pleasure and privilege to photograph Kusama-san’s twice in her Tokyo studio, and this portrait used this month/week on the cover of The Art Newspaper comes from the second time I met her. As you can see she is quite individual, and a fascinating character to listen to and to photograph. Again a very enjoyable assignment, and nice to see the image pop up unexpectedly this week in the paper, sold via agents Getty Images. See a full set of photographs of portraits of Yayoi Kusama, and her work, here.

Portrait of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, in The Art Newspaper.
Portrait of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, in The Art Newspaper.


Thanks for taking a look, and as ever should you wish to licence any of these photographs, or if you’re looking to have something specific photographed then please get in touch! Thanks!

A book fit for a Queen.

A week or so ago I had popped into a local Glasgow printing house, to check out some photography book publishing ideas with them, and came away with a nice little surprise!

As I sat down to talk with my contact at the printer’s he produced a small pile of books to show me, to show examples of their fine printing quality, of what they can do, to discuss options and needs. All great service, and it’s always good to see paper samples etc in hand, not just choosing options online.

The first book he handed me, as an example of a very bespoke little book was the one featured in the images here. As he passed it to me I noticed the logo on the cover, but thought nothing of it, it’s a logo I’ve grown very accustomed to over the past two years. And then I opened the book, and glanced at a few images and smiled…

Yep, the images in the book were mine, and I was holding a rare copy of a book only previously discussed and never seen, a fabled book made for a Queen. In this case a copy of a limited edition photography book made as a special gift for Queen Elizabeth II, and containing images of the Queen’s Baton Relay journey through the nations and territories of the Commonwealth.



In late 2013, and for the first half of 2014 I was on and off on assignment on the baton relay, a trip which saw me visit 42 nations and territories, over 5 months, photographically covering the relay, sending back the images to Glasgow 2014 Limited each day for their use in the run up to the Glasgow 2014, 20th Commonwealth Games. I had been commissioned along with photographer Jordan Mansfield of Getty Images (we hopscotched continents, meeting only once in a Caribbean airport for 10 minutes) to cover the duration of the international sector of the relay, providing photographic coverage as well as writing a daily blog, and maintaining social media for the baton.

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During the relay I had heard that the images were being made into a book to send to Buckingham Palace, but I never saw the finished product. It was only ever produced in an edition of approximately 20 hand-made copies. Even after such a memorable, round the Commonwealth on 4 continents assignment, and the memories that a photojournalism assignment like that brings, it was great to see the photography in such a nice little book…

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A great assignment!

Found In Translation


It’s always great to see your photographs in magazines and books, see how they’ve been used and see the layouts, the design…

This above spread comes from this month’s issue of Marie Claire UK, and is the opening spread of a 5 page travel article on Japan by Laura Miller. Four of my images, from my photography archive, grace the article. Both the photographs come from Kyoto, and show on the left – the Fushimi-Inarii Shrine with cherry blossom, and on the right is a portrait of a maiko (apprentice geisha), both photographs were shot in Kyoto. The article was picture edited by Kelly Preedy and Sarah Shillaker – thanks Ladies!

The title of the article, ‘Found in Translation’, made me smile a wry smile. Ever since Sofia Coppola brought out her hit movie ‘Lost In Translation‘ sub-editors throughout the land have borrowed and twisted the title to describe Japanese articles. This is at least the third article my pictures have been in which has the ‘Found In Translation‘ rift of the title. Sub editors gotta try harder to be original!

See more photojournalism and travel photographs from Japan on my archive site


As the weather rages outside, the wind blows, snow falls and then the sunshine comes back out, we can’t but help what is happening to the climate these days. Should we carry an umbrella, or wear a t-shirt? It’s hard to know on a daily basis anymore. It’s hard to know on an every-few-minutes basis anymore…

On January 3rd, as we all contemplated the end of the holidays, good news and cheer was to be found in figures and data which were released proving that 2014 had been a “massive year” for wind and solar power here in Scotland, with enough wind power generated in six of the months last year to power more than 100% of Scottish homes. You can read many more stunning statistics and good news here on the WWF Scotland website.


Neatly coinciding with this positive news a new Instagram feed was started, on January 1st, taking a look at climate change.  @EverydayClimateChange, started by James Whitlow Delano in Tokyo, and involves a total 37 photographers on 5 continents, aiming to bring attention to the perils we face through climate change, the causes of it, and the effect it has on our fragile planet. Very kindly I was asked to be one of the contributing photographers who will be posting images to the feed, which since it’s launch three weeks ago has already amassed a following of 2,900 regular viewers. I’ll be posting work from my assignments covering different environmental topics for Greenpeace, and also images from Scotland as our country leads the way forward with renewable energy and cutting the all harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

Speaking on Inside Climate News, photographer Ed Kashi, a contributor to National Geographic Magazine, said of the new project, “Climate change is such a loaded term, and the public dialogue is so disingenuous, so off the mark from the conversation we need to be having. Whether this project makes someone think about this more or spurs action, both are mini-victories that add up to systemic change. That’s what we need.”

The EverydayClimateChange project has also been written about on Photo District News, and a slideshow of work on The Guardian’s Environment pages.

Please take a look at the @EverydayClimateChange and if you’re on Instagram, please show your support and follow it to see stories from around the world by eminent photographers such as Paula Bronstein of Getty Images, Ed Kashi and Ron Haviv of VII photo agency, many from our friends at Panos Photos and many more. Many thanks.


Eternal Rivals

Rome may be the Eternal City, but here in Glasgow, Scotland we have a City of Eternal Rivals. A city of football and the rivalry between the ‘Old Firm’ teams of Celtic FC and Rangers FC. Green against blue. And some may say Catholic against Protestant.

As a reportage photographer in Glasgow, one thing is sure, you’re never short of football culture to photograph, life unfolds on the street, life and death in 90 minutes plus stoppage time, and then after the final whistle, the fans depart the stadiums scurrying off to cars, bars and public transport. A sea of blue or green heading in every direction, like a battlefield of old.

Last year I spent a season following Rangers FC through the 3rd division, and then this year I’ve recently shot a feature on Celtic and Rangers’ rivalry for a European magazine, a few spreads of which are here. A nice layout and design I thought, a nice edit, but sadly didn’t use my favourite image which is the one above these words.