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  • Allegra, the three year daughter of family in Italy, caught my lens for a moment whilst she frolicked on a sofa. Completely serendipitous and one of my favourite shots...
  • I took this shot at a local mountain village festa in Campania, Southern Italy, where flag juggling is a traditional skill...
  • The new Design Museum London, yet another beautiful addition to the city! The original museum concept was created by design guru Sir Terence Conran, who I used to work for at his Covent Garden studio, in Neal Street...
  • I discovered this location at Iken, Suffolk and returned the next morning five minutes before sunrise. Sometimes capturing a great shot is just about getting up on time ;-)
  • Good friend and fellow photographer Andrew Florides invited me to photograph his 'Garden Circus' (he wanted the evening off). A fabulous evening of song and dance, with acrobatics by a travelling Mexican troupe charged with the eroticism of Tango. "These are incredible, Roland!" Helen Nicholson, photographer. See 'A garden Circus' gallery...
  • I have visited this location several times, both reconnoitering and guiding students as a part of my 'Italian Photography Course'. This is an early morning shot looking south towards Naples, some 30 miles away and just out of view. Behind where I took this shot is a mountain Roman Amphitheatre that has only very recently been rediscovered, having been buried from view by vegetation for more than a millennia. The cratered mountain to the right is Vesuvius and it is that crater that was formed in 79AD!
  • The beautiful central staircase at the Tate Britain, London. Stairway to a neo-deco heaven...
  • 'Leberknoedelsuppe' or Austrian liver dumpling soup, is a favourite Alpine dish of mine. Oh and the Austrians don't believe in sentences, if one word will do...
  • My Godson on the River Waveney, Suffolk. In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality. I love the variations of pattern, light and reflection within the water's surface, that only becomes evident by freezing the action to within 4,000th second...
  • An estate agency commissioned me to photograph their personnel and offices. As the staff were not totally comfortable with their identities being portrayed on-line, I evolved a more oblique approach to the brief and welcomed their input as to which images were displayed. You can see more of how I tackled this issue, on my 'Estate Agency' gallery under 'Assignments'.
  • I was very fortunate to get so close to this magnificent and curious creature. See more of him in my 'Curious creatures' gallery...
  • The photograph I’m going to take tomorrow, is my favourite. In the meantime, this shot from a festa in Campania, Southern Italy, will have to do...
  • More from the fabulous 'Garden Circus' evening. Congratulations to Andrew for pulling off such a bizarre idea...
  • I took this shot very near to the 'Goodwood' racecourses in west Sussex, as the sun breached the horizon.
  • The magnificent St Pancras Station London, once deemed suitable for demolition before being restored and given a great face-lift.
  • The glass frontage of the 'Forum', Norwich reflects the 15th Century St Peters Church opposite...
  • Inside the entrance of St Peters Church which faces the Forum Norwich, with 560 years separating them!
  • Dennis, a student on my 'Italian Photography Course', captures an early morning scene from a 'lost and found' Roman Amphitheatre, high above a mountain village. The Theatre became buried beneath undergrowth, for probably more than a millennia and has only recently been rediscovered and renovated.
  • "I love your use of differential focussing and I really appreciate your positioning, especially the low viewpoints, and the timing of the individual shots is first class. You have drawn me right into the competition. Beautiful pics, well done" John Shedden, former National Coach of 'Snowsport England'. See my 'Sport & acrobatics' gallery...
  • “The pictures are absolutely wonderful! I can’t believe it, you’ve done an amazing job. Thank you so much”. Actress Thea, commissioned a portfolio for her agent. The entire collection can be seen on my 'Photo Gallery' section entitled 'Thea'
  • Photographing alongside the pier at Southwold, is one of those rather clichéd, yet 'must do' scenarios that photographers like to challenge themselves with. When I shot this just before sun-up, I chatted with another photographer had travelled from Bedford, and that's a 5 hour round trip!
  • This is a scene alongside a mountain lake in central Southern Italy. I have spent many peaceful hours here, sometimes just waiting for the light to cooperate...
  • Light: When people ask me what equipment I use, I tell them my eyes! A range of Neal's Yard 'alternative' products, but the real subject is the light...
  • "All I can say is that these are in a completely different class to the images supplied by our other photographers and I’m really, really delighted with them – over the moon in fact!" Jennifer Shaw of Kitchenology. See the the complete collection of six kitchens in my 'Kitchenology' gallery...
  • A festa evening in central Southern Italy, where the joy, brass and heat seem to emanate from this image...
  • Early morning mist clears in the valleys beside the 'Goodwood' racecourses in west Sussex, leaving me with this delicious shot.
  • 'Spotted dick', the quintessential English nursery pudding, with sweet memories of school days. Outrageously bad, it’s worth six of the best! Shot without any tricks of the trade to perk it up. Oh and I ate it afterwards.
  • Photography is the story I fail to put into words. This back street of Naples shot, taken with my iPhone, was "My kingdom for a Nikon" moment. I returned to the exact same location, time of day etc., with the idea of reshooting it with my Nikon. No sooner had I raised my lens, than I found myself encircled by a group of dubious 'compadres', wanting to know why I was photographing 'their street', rather than, as they suggested, Capri. They just couldn't see the thousand stories, I could see...
  • This fishing boat beached at Aldeburgh Suffolk, is another 'must shoot' subject for photographers. It's all about light, textures and angles...
  • Washing day over a Venetian canal. This shot reminds me of the adage that 'a camera teaches people how to see, without a camera'.
  • One of my students shooting to a brief on the beach at Walberswick. The adopted 'shallow depth of field' technique, gave full attention to the subject, allowing imaginations to fill in the background beach scenario.
  • Paola, my step daughter, in enigmatic model poise when she was twenty-one...
  • This is an unposed, shoot from the hip, street shot I took of Charlie with, to use a cinematic expression, a ‘verité’ style of photography. A more naturalistic approach, preferred by some, for family portraits. Being in the right place, at the right time, with the right lens, is all it takes...
  • Early morning under the Southwold pier. The subtle colours of corrosion within the nearest pillar, are what makes this image very satisfying.
  • Another image from my 'Thea' session. See the complete gallery 'Thea'...
  • Early morning mist over the River Waveney harbour at Beccles Suffolk
  • This was one of my students on my one day 'Intro to Photography' workshop, at Walberswick Suffolk. During the session I introduced the group to 'shallow focusing' technique, as used here. The village is one of six locations I teach at, on the 'Suffolk Heritage Coast'
  • More architectural bliss above the spiral of the Tate Britain gallery. Worth a visit to London on it's own merit!...
  • There seemed no good angle to shoot this old sailing boat, moored on the River Alde at Snape Maltings. Gaining height and shooting downwards, I was just able to capture the scenario.
  • More beauty in decay..
  • Boris appeared looking more like a biblical prophet than an ex American financier. This true English eccentric, arrived outside a bar, just metres from where he has lived in Campania Italy, for the later half of his life. Earlier times would have seen him living his life a few hundred metres from Washington's 'White House', as a financier. He was the perfect model, as we sat, drank and swapped life's stories, totally uninhibited whilst I 'clicked' away. It was only after I had exhausted my forefinger, that he told me he was a photographer...
  • Early summer morning light delivers an almost painterly quality to this image of grazing cattle, taken by the River Waveney at Beccles, on the Norfolk bank.
  • I watched intrigued as Suffolk 'Thatcher' Tim Ellis went about his work. In this case it's a top-up to the more complete job of 18 years ago. Tim learnt his skills 30 years ago from an elderly thatcher, who's family had been thatcher's for more than 400 years. Tim told me that everything he does and the tools he uses, have not changed over that period. The one change is that he has a Mercedes truck, to replace horse power.
  • 'Roux' is a rather splendid young show horse, trained to perform by emulating gestures taught to him by his trainer, Amanda Gray.
  • The family of this young Italian girl, asked if I would photograph their daughter at the 'al fresco' dining area of our hotel in Southern Italy. This is our base where I am hosting my 'Italian Photography Course' week. I enjoyed using the delicate soft light that day.
  • For those who have never been in a mountain whiteout, this image comes close to showing both the beauty and alienation, all in one shot. Look closely and you can just depict the forest around 50 metres ahead. Clearly it's not quite a complete whiteout as that would be a pure white screen, but ascending a little higher and above the tree-line (around 1,900 metres), there can be fewer if any reference points. And that disorientation can be seriously scary!
  • A simple, yet beautiful village wedding for Lianne and Tim. More of this in my 'Aisle altar hymn!' gallery...
  • A preparation shot from the Nepalese/English wedding.
  • Whilst researching locations for my 'Italian photography holiday courses', I parked my car in Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast, alongside some railings. As I got out and locked up, I peaked over the edge to this jaw dropping scene of an old ruined mill, within the gorge. You can see much more of Italy in my 'Italian Photo Courses' section...
  • I stumbled across this Venetian back street scenario, that had more the theatricality of a stage set, than a real location. Ironically there is beauty to be discovered in decay and how apt the name above the door...
  • St Paul's meets the Millennium Bridge structure
  • I waited patiently for more than an hour for the sun to dip into the perfect position, over this Italian mountain lake...
  • A building detail in the Square mile
  • On the way to and from early morning training at the Newmarket gallops.
  • A gull on the groins at Southwold beach set against the distant pier.
  • This was a shot of a student on one of my Suffolk Photography Courses at Southwold. I set the group a task of taking portraits of one another and shot this as an example, as I made use of what was available. The natural window light was perfect and the defused reflection within a glassed and framed painting, suggested a depth of character.
  • Norwich Cathedral, where the 'Cloisters' are one of my locations for my 'Norwich Photography Course'.
  • West Sussex at dawn
  • Training is behind all sports and here they go together.
  • Early morning above olive groves from an Amphitheatre in Southern Italy.
  • DJs Gill and Nigel provide a great Argentine Tango experience, with 100% of their fees donated entirely to ‘Maggie’s Cancer Care’. They are very proud of the quality of performances they deliver throughout the United Kingdom. Facebook: ‘Gill and Nigel Tango Music’.
  • Shooting the fields below an Italian Amphitheatre, just after sun-up.
  • Senior love.
  • A summer's morning mist over the River Waveney at Beccles, Suffolk. As so often, a good shot is just about getting up on time!
  • Mother and grandchild. This shot was taken in beautiful yet very low light, using an ISO camera setting of 16,000. This causes visual 'noise' or evident pixelation. However the benefit over flash, is apparent within the sensitivity of the naturally lit family portrait.
  • More work from my interior photography sessions. See the the complete collection of six kitchens in my 'Kitchenology' gallery...
  • Performer from Giffords Circus troupe.
  • A staircase within the new V&A Museum section meets the white light of day.
  • I took this shot of St Pancras station and felt so pleased it is still there. It is almost beyond belief that in the 1960's, it was destined for demolition, only to be revoked following a campaign by the great Sir John Betjeman. A 8.5ft sculpture within the station has been designed by Martin Jennings, to celebrate the man and his poetry.
  • Performer from Giffords Circus troupe.
  • The Shard London
  • A derelict water mill in Southern Italy.
  • The 'Gerkin' suggesting more the menacing presence of an imminent alien abduction. She wouldn't listen! ;-)
  • The spectacular interior at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel built in the Gothic revival style of 1873, and very recently restored as part of the station complex. Again unbelievably this was deemed suitable for demolition in quite recent times.
  • The art to interior photography beyond capturing the atmosphere and correct angles, is in taking care of perspectives. A very wide angled lens is essential, however with wide angles comes distortions and they need to be adjusted in the post-production phase. This is a subject I demonstrate within my 'Photography courses'.
  • There is something curiously enticing, where beauty meets utter chaos. I shot this barn interior using natural light and without setting my camera to a 'High dynamic range'. HDR much loved by interior property photographers, takes several variable exposures whilst the camera is tripoded and basically takes the best of each to create 'total' visual rendering. Commercially this makes for complete sense, however in this case I felt it more important to let the mysteries of darkened corners remain.
  • The cycling leg of a triathlon. I took almost one hundred shots of competitors, using this slow exposure, rapid body rotation technique, to convey the sense of speed and excitement. What I lost in detail, I more than gained in capturing the essence. See more of these on my 'Sporting briefs' under 'Assignments'.
  • The building in the top left was the birth place of the great Italian tenor, Enrico Caruso in 1873.
  • It’s one thing to take a picture of what a person looks like, it’s quite another to make a portrait of who they are. Bulgarian musician Svetla was a beautifully demonstrative subject to photograph. Every shot I took, was like discovering a new muse, but with this shot I felt I caught her very soul. See my gallery of Svetla, titled 'Audition'...
  • The lovers' St Pancras Station, they're the couple on the right sculptured by Paul Day (2007) and weighing in at 20 tons. This is base to where I host occasional photography workshops in London (see my 'Photo courses').
  • I wanted to convey the world that young film director Alex Turvey sometimes stylistically inhabits. This noirish image captured the moment.
  • Water streaming over rocks below a water fall in Southern Italy.
  • Moules Marinère.
  • I took this image at St Pancras Station and wanted to capture the transition between waiting and moving for a train. This 'long exposure' (1/6 second) captures a surreal moment of just a leg apparently in motion, whilst passengers patiently sit by.
  • The Square mile, London
  • The Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, London. I searched for a location that would visually describe the enormity of this hall and found it high up in a corner. By including the foreground construction work, I was able to define the space.
  • I watched intrigued as this skater 'strutted his stuff', before catching my lens in a London Park
  • Shot soon after sun-up as the mist breaks in a valley, beneath a mountain in Southern Italy.
  • The east face of Big Ben looks an absolute picture!
  • As I was photographing a Baptism, I turned just in time to capture the shot of the day.