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Sunday, 10 May 2015


In this environmental portrait, D-Day and WWII Veteran Ben Bainbridge poses in his front room. Ben was a Sergeant in the Royal Air Force Regiment manning a gun position to protect an airfield behind Sword Beach shortly after D-Day. One of the RAF Squadrons landing and taking off from here included 'The Battle of Britain ace - Johnnie Johnston'.

Sadly Ben passed away in 2004. In my own humble opinion he belonged to a unique and special generation (some would even say 'Our Greatest Generation', I would not argue with them on that). I therefore thought it very appropriate to post this photograph today, in response to the remembrance events of VE Day. Lest We Forget this generation, and all similar subsequent ones who have served and fought for this country.

From my A Different Time and a Different Place Project, 2000-2001.

Hawthorn Avenue, Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorkshire, 2001. Photographed with a Mamiya 645 camera with bounced and fill in flash used from a Metz 45CT Flashgun.

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Thursday, 23 April 2015


To all English people out there. A very happy Saint George's Day. Saint George is the patron Saint of England. The St. George's cross is on our countries flag. I think this dates back to the Crusades (Knight's Templar, Richard the Lion Heart etc).

Saint George is the mystical slayer of a Dragon (and I don't think it was the 'Welsh' Dragon either). Mind you in present day England we have to be very aware of the SNP.


Shadows and shafts of sunlight bounce around in this monochrome photographic print.

Peak District, Derbyshire, England.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2002-.

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Thursday, 16 April 2015


Carvings on a Tree. This practice (or vandalism) which ever way you look at it. Is clearly seen on this tree, where more than one carving is seen. Personally I see this has damaging a living organism (mind you it is not as damaging as cutting down a tree and/or damaging an innocent sapling).

Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire, England.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2002-.

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Saturday, 11 April 2015


In this monochrome photographic print, is an actual original section of the 'Death Railway' from Burma. Where the Japanese during WWII treated British, and other Allied POWs with utter contempt and cruelty, and used them has forced labour to build this railway line through thick jungle, which in turn resulted in the death of thousands of Allied POWs.

Now this is one thing that really cheeses me off , I normally don't get political or annoyed on here but this is one thing that really makes me fume. Because in my own humble opinion both the Japanese and British Government's have treated surviving British and Allied POWs with a total lack of respect, concern and indifference.

The Japanese government have never issued an apology for the way and manner in which the Japanese Imperial Army treated Allied POWs. Nor have the few dwindling POWs ever received compensation (from the Japanese).

The National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, near Lichfield, Staffordshire, England.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2002-.


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All the photographs featured on this blog spot were taken on Canon analog 35mm SLR cameras which included: Canon A1, Canon AE1 (non-programme) and Canon T90. The Canon A1 was rendered useless after prolonged exposure to salt spray residue, and the AE1 suffered a malfunction, and one of my T90s just packed up on me during a photographic shoot.

Most of my camera equipment was initially purchased brand new, then as the years have past I have purchased second-hand equipment. But the vast majority of equipment I currently possess is well over twenty years old.

Canon FD lenses used were: 28, and 35mm wide angle, 50mm standard, 35-105mm short telephoto zoom and a 70-210mm large telephoto zoom lenses. Also used was a loaned Mamiya 645 with 50 and 80mm lenses. My favourite combination is a T90 fitted with the 35-105mm lens with an Hoya orange filter. I use Hoya orange, red, neutral density, and skylight filters. Hoya and Canon lens hoods. A Canon remote cable. I have used a great Metz 45 CT-4 flashgun for many years. I used this for the bounced and fill-in flash for some of the documentary and portraiture work.

Studio flash used was Courtenay brolly flash (just two heads fitted with soft boxes) at Hull Community Artworks studio (sadly this excellent local arts facility closed in 2001). Billingham and Oyster camera bags (the Billingham is a old model that I have had for years - wonderful bags). The Oyster one is a backpack bag. Slik Black Diamond 88, and 500 DX Pro tripods. A Cullmann touring set (which consists of a light tripod, ball and swivel head, all-purpose clamp, suction cap, and a ground spike). I presently have two Canon T90 SLR cameras.

Film used was mainly 35mm (with some 120mm). Ilford Delta monochrome negative print film, 100 asa (a few rolls of 400 asa as well). Ilford HP5 and FP4 (400 and 125 asa respectively). Fuji Neopan 400 asa. Various Fuji colour film. Photographic chemicals: Ilford ID-11 and Microphen film developers. Agfa Rodinal fine grain film developer, and Ilford Hypam fixer.

Photographic paper: Ilford Multigrade IV VC paper, Fibre based VC paper including warm and cool tone. Kentmere Velvet Stipple and Art Document papers. Kodak selenium toner. Barclay and Fotospeed sepia toners, and Colorvir blue toner. Durst M60 and Meopta 5 enlargers fitted with 50 and 80mm Schneider lenses. Kenro negative sheets and Jessops negative folders.

Most of my photography involves the use of the camera being securely mounted onto the tripod, with the shutter set to the 10 second delay. I bracket my exposures (relying on the excellent Canon in-camera meter). My aperture settings are usually between F5.6 and F22. In the vast majority of cases the very first exposure I take is usually the correctly exposed one.

Finished photographic prints (spotted if needed). At the 10 x 8 inch size are then scanned on an Epsom 1660 photo perfection scanner using Adope Photoshop CS2 at the 5.5 x 3.5 inch image or canvas size, 150 dpi and at the 750 x 550 pixels size, and saved as for the web. The only thing that is manipulated is the brightness balance and contrast levels.


"It is the soldier, not the minister, who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to fair protest.

It is the soldier, not the politician, who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag."

From: "Fighting for Queen and Country,
by Nigel 'Spud' Ely. Blake Publishing London, 2007.