Ambleside, Lake District


I love the Lake District and this short trip has made me realise how much I’ve missed it. I spent a lot of childhood holidays here but, since I’ve been in London, I’ve rarely visited. My last trip, before this one, was over ten years ago. I’m going to start visiting more frequently again. It’s so calming here and the views are so beautiful.

The weather isn’t great this week but, for me, the rainclouds just add to the beauty of the place.


London at dusk

We have some friends from Australia staying with us at the moment. Yesterday, we took them on the London Eye, a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames. We boarded our capsule as the sun was setting. The sky and lighting were quite dramatic.


West Pier, Brighton


I’ve not had chance to take any new photographs this week, so I’ve been going back through my photo archive and revisiting images from many years ago.

I took this picture of West Pier in Brighton in 2004, a year after two separate fires had ravaged the structure. The pier had been closed since 1975 after the company that owned it filed for bankruptcy. Since then, it had fallen into a state of disrepair but the fires really finished it off.

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I’ve spent a lovely couple of days in Bournemouth. I was born and grew up by the sea. I love living in London but I do miss the sea and whenever I get to the coast, there’s part of me that feels like I’m home (even if it’s not the coastline I grew up with).  I love the vastness of the sea, the feeling of openness. I tried to capture that feeling in this image. 

I was travelling light this trip so I took my Nikon 1 camera with me. It’s a compact camera system that has been largely panned by reviewers and photographers. Even Nikon seems to have pulled the plug on it, which is a shame because I love it. Granted, the quality of the images does not measure up to a full-frame camera. But I don’t think the quality is bad at all, particularly with the prime lenses. And there are times it’s not terribly practical to be carrying a full size camera plus all the lenses. This short break was such a time and I got a number of images I’m quite happy with.