Lockdown project in aid of the mental health charity Mind

A young temple attendant, Petra, Jordan
A young temple attendant, Petra, Jordan

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Light trails, Magdalen, Oxford, England
Light trails, Magdalen, Oxford, England

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New York skyline, America
New York skyline, America

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A young temple attendant, Petra, Jordan
A young temple attendant, Petra, Jordan

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Hi and welcome to my photography website! There are four galleries on Jordan, astrophotography, black & white and colour. The latter two have the following categories: landscape, people & environment, living the view, wildlife, urban and patterns & form. There is also a page covering a photobook project I undertook during the Covid-19 pandemic raising funds (£12,500) for Mind, the UK's largest mental health charity.

I am learning much about astrophotography, the techniques, settings and especially patience needed - sitting in a remote and cold place in the early hours whilst my camera takes 200+ images of 15-20 seconds each does require some resilience! But my early results are certainly satisfying.

 

Black and white photography has also become something of a passion. The tones of grey from black to white can bring out the senses of contrast and shadows, emphasise shapes and lines, and create a stronger connection to an image. Sometimes colour can be a distraction. "When you photograph people in colour you photograph their clothes. When you photograph people in black and white you photograph their souls", Ted Grant.

 

And of course, if the subject or composition doesn't stand up, no amount of digital help will improve the image. Another quote, this time from Ansel Adams "A good photograph is knowing where to stand".