Street photography

A night on the road with a paramedic

A night on the road with a paramedic

A night on the road photographing Senior Paramedic Paul O’Neill, a “First Responder” in the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), during one of his regular twelve-hour shifts. The situation imposed a couple of restrictions, photographically. I travelled light within the confines of Paul’s car and didn’t use flash – it looks shocking against reflective stripes, […]

Why I shoot RAW.

Why I shoot RAW.

I’ve been told that it’s bad practice to shoot RAW, that it just fills up my hard drive with bloated files, slows my workflow and that I should get things like exposure and colour balance right, in camera. It’s definitely faster to work through images that are shot right in the first place. But sometimes […]

One night in 2009

One night in 2009

Something someone said recently made me think about 27th May 2009. It was a day that I learned something profound and devastating. In the evening I went out and took some photographs and started to get over it. It was an important day in driving my determination to improve as a photographer. Manchester United were […]


12 hour street photography challenge

12 hour street photography challenge

The brief: to photograph in Manchester, non-stop, for 12 hours, starting at 2pm Saturday and finishing at 2am Sunday. The format: street photography. The goal: to select one good photo from each hour. This is my first draft selection, from which I’ve got to select a final 12. Some hours were, inevitably, more fruitful than […]

Why shouldn't I take your picture?

Why shouldn’t I take your picture?

Someone once told me that a camera is a dangerous weapon. I didn’t agree. Irresponsible use of a photo is dangerous, but a camera’s only dangerous when used as a blunt weapon. So what is there to fear, but fear itself? A fear-response is instinctive, not rational. A cold look at the experience of being […]

2010: A year in pictures

2010: A year in pictures

Reviewing the events I’ve covered in 2010, I’ve pulled out some of the prettier (rather than more newsworthy) pics. Often these are the moments that don’t make the news but, from my experience of the day, represent more of the atmosphere. SHOW ME LOVE New Year’s Day 2010: Revellers down a side street celebrating the […]


Death of night

Death of night

A couple of weeks ago I was doing the night thing around The Printworks in Manchester. At just before 1am I passed a very drunk girl being propped up by two others. She had passed out. One tried to carry her on her back but the drunk girl was dead weight and fell to the […]