Avril Printemps/Spring

Combinaison simple de deux photos pour créer une seule image inspirée des œuvres étranges de Charles Altamont Doyle (1832-1893). Charles Doyle était le père de Sir Arthur Conan Doyle et a été interné dans divers établissements psychiatriques, pour finir à l’hôpital royal Crichton de Dumfries, où il est mort.

Simple combination of two pictures to create a single image inspired by the strange works of Charles Altamont Doyle (1832-1893). Charles Doyle was the father of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was committed to various mental institutions, finally the Crichton Royal Hospital Dumfries, where he died.

Myriam Rueff – Sculpteur

Images de l’artiste Myriam Rueff lors de son exposition de sculpture à la GALERIE DU CAVEAU – Union de Producteurs de Saint-Emilion. Ces œuvres délicieuses et délicates sont principalement créées à partir de métal récupéré.

Images of the artist Myriam Rueff during her exhibition of sculpture at the GALERIE DU CAVEAU – Union de Producteurs de Saint-Emilion. These delightful, delicate works are mostly created from reclaimed metal.

12 images posted in 2020 (plus one)

Whilst there has been very little work during 2020 I have posted a few images that I rather like. I will show 12 of them here (plus one). Not all were taken in 2020 but I have recently spent time working through my old film archive.

Bien qu’il y ait eu très peu de travail en 2020, j’ai posté quelques images que j’aime plutôt. Je vais en montrer 12 ici (plus un). Tous n’ont pas été pris en 2020 mais j’ai récemment passé du temps à travailler sur mes anciennes archives de films.

A track through the forest – one of our lockdown walks
Anne – scanned from a negative
Bergerac superstore carpark
California poppy
Thierry Sellem Peinture – Exhibition UDP Saint Emilion
She is a cat – not much else to say
Bergerac short stay airport carpark
Lauren G Camps Artiste/photographe and cat – Exhibition Aubeterre sur Dronne
Just keeping busy
Elisabeth Hoffmann Peintre – Exhibition UDP Saint Emilion
The river Dronne at Aubeterre sur Dronne – turned upside down
Storm over Puymangou
Sunset in Zakynthos – from Kodak slide

Mark Holden from Less is More singing

Station Inn Annual Rock-Jam 2017 – Live Music Photography

Mark Holden from Less is More singing
Mark Holden – Less is More

I came across this in the drafts folder and thought that it was about time that I published it – only one year late.  The 2017 Station Inn, Andover, annual Rock-Jam took place on the 7th January.

Rock Jam 2017 - Station Inn Andover

It was organised by Mark Holden of Band ‘Less is More’ and the staff of the Station Inn.  It is a great opportunity for the members of local bands to get together for an evening of live ‘covers’ performances and to socialise with members of bands that they may seldom, if ever, see or get to meet.


Mark organises a set-list and then identifies performers to put together a workable band.  He has a rule that no more than 3 members of a single band can perform together at any one time (although this tends to get broken as the evening leads to more and more performers joining each set with everyone on stage at the end).


The rule ensures an edge to the performance that would not normally be there and also that no single band features unduly.


As the evening wears on and the drinks flow the atmosphere is, as always, electric, exciting and full of meetings with new people and new bands.  For me the event had always been unmissable and set the New Year off to a positive start.


More images from this event can be found here, images from previous events from my collection are here.


Bands this year included ‘One in the Chamber’, ‘Nailed’, ‘Less is More’, ‘Reload’, ‘Black Dog’, ‘Sketches of Sound’, ‘Reluctant Sons’, ‘Stonepig’ and ‘Common Ground’ among others.


Business head-shot – Natural light

Carol CapperThis simple, but effective, portrait was shot with minimum preparation and the absolute minimum of equipment. I used natural light and a camera in a most surprising location. During a business fair I was ‘Networking’ (chatting) with a Freelance Business owner about web-presence and the need for good, up to date head-shots. It transpired that Carol had not updated her on-line image for a while. Grabbing the opportunity with both hands we decided to get a shot immediately.

The Business Fair was held in the ground-floor room of a beautiful Georgian Guildhall. The building has high ceilings, light walls and a sweeping staircase to the first floor. The stairwell has a huge, bright, north-facing window that gathers the soft light reflected from the exterior walls of a modern, concrete and glass shopping centre.

We took up positions on the stairs with the light flooding in from behind and to my right. Carol was seated on the steps above where I crouched. A couple of position changes and it was done.

Destination weddings in France

wedding decorationsAs a photographer my involvement in wedding planning has been seriously limited. However I have often wondered what the legal issues and regulations are regarding Civil, religious and humanist/personal choice weddings in France. This blog post has been put together to present a concise summary of how I believe this works in here in general and in the Dordogne specifically.

Despite the European Union and her gradual standardisation of systems and the relaxed rules that surround weddings in the UK here in France a legally binding wedding can only take place in a Mairie (as the representative of mother France). To be legally married the state, in the form of the local Mairie, must preside over the official ceremony and will declare you man and wife. Any religious or humanist/personal choice celebration of your commitment to each other can then take place.

wedding decorationArranging for an official ceremony is not as simple as it seems. At least one of the couple must have an address in France and the Mairie where the ceremony is to take place should be local to that. The wedding banns must be posted at least 10 days prior to the ceremony and to do that you must live continuously in the local area for at least 30 days before posting. Given the enormous power that a local Mayor has there is a small amount of flexibility in this but it is purely discretionary.

It is not all bad news however and large numbers of couples opt for a quiet or even ‘secret’ wedding ceremony at home (UK, USA etc) and then have the wedding celebration of their choice here in France. The range of options open to a couple seem almost limitless with a very good chance of sunshine, wonderful locations, stunning backdrops in the form of landscape and architectural structures and the opportunity to fine-tune your celebration as you want it.

NDT_6727You can get advice from a number of sources with a lot of people willing to help you put your vision into practice. I would suggest that there are three very important outsiders that you should invite along. Firstly time spent with a humanist wedding celebrant can help you focus your plans and will ensure that the ceremony and especially your personal vows will be complete, coherent and will carry the right amount of gravitas to leave you feeling that you are ‘properly’ married. Secondly, or perhaps firstly, a good, experienced wedding planner (just one of many) who listens to what you have to say and responds helpfully to that. After all its your wedding.  Finally invite along a photographer. Everyone has a camera or camera enabled phone but you need an outsider to ensure that a coherent and complete record of the day is recorded. An outside professional will ensure that the formal images as well as the relaxed, informal, images are recorded. Their gallery of pictures or album will be complete with timely delivery. There will be no worrying that shots you wanted are missed out or that a friend was missing from a group shot because they were taking the photograph.  Do not take the cheapest, the most local, the one that sounds best; make a point of meeting them, of talking to and if possible spending time with them.  On the wedding day they will be with you in more intimate circumstances than almost anyone else.  You need someone you like the company of and you can trust.

There are other professionals that can make all the difference to your wedding but that is up to you.NDT_6806The opinions and statements made in this blog post are those of the author and are, as best as I can ascertain, correct. Should you know that any of my statements are incorrect then please let me know so that I can amend the post.