Los Angeles

Spent a few weeks shooting in Los Angeles, California in July. Here are a selection of the images from the trip;

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‘Jesus Saves’ 

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‘Muscle Beach’

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‘Ballerina Clown’ 

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‘Beverly Hills’ 

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‘Down and Out in Beverly Hills’ 

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‘Ferris Wheel’

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‘California Dreaming’ 

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‘Under the Boardwalk’ 

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In the press this week…..

Thanks to the following publications for using my photography in the last week including a nice feature using my image from Prague in The Huffington Post. Click on the link below to check it out;

The Wire magazine also used my image of Indian Farmers in their article this week, and you can check that one out by clicking on the image below


Also I really appreciate my photography from Iceland being used by the Drifter Planet website, and by the travel site for Mykonos island in Greece, who used my photograph for their feature on the best photographs of Mykonos. 

Finally a big thanks to Viaggio Fotografico magazine and website in Italy, who used my images of Shohan the Mongolian Golden Eagle Hunter, as the main images for their feature on Mongolia Festival Aquile in September and October

Amnesty International

Its a big honour to have had two of my images selected to go into the 2018 Amnesty International Calendar


They will be publishing the two images below shot in the Altai Mountains of Mongolia

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I’ll publish the link to the Calendar when its available later in the year.

Inverse Magazine

A big thanks for Inverse Science Magazine for using my image as its lead image for this article on Global Warming 

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Thanks to the magazine and website Poker for using my image for the feature on The Golden Nugget in Las Vegas 2017


Dogadergisi Magazine

Thanks to Turkish magazine Dogadergisi for publishing an article inspired by many of my Mongolia images.  Click on the magazine cover below to enjoy the article


Iceland in Winter

In February 2017, I ventured up to Iceland for the first time. Rather strange as this is one of the places easily accessible from Glasgow International Airport with its daily two hour flight courtesy of Iceland Air.

After spending a somewhat forgettable night in the touristy capital Reykjavik, it was into the 4x4 hire car, equipped with winter tyres and off I went to explore the south eastern corner around Vik and Hofn.

Apparently 7 out of 10 tourists who visit this amazing island never venture outside a one hour radius from the capital Reykjavik which is a real shame. Personally I thought the landscape changed dramatically, and much for the better, once I had driven two to three hours away from the city. Suddenly the roads became quieter, fuel stations become rare and the landscape started to become insane and other worldly. No wonder so many science fiction movies have been filmed here, were the Director is trying to convince you that its another planet. When you look at the crazy, almost impossible shape of the mountains, the barren zones of retreating glaciers, the black sand and massive waterfalls, you do indeed start to think you have left Planet Earth behind.

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My first couple of days was around Vik, shooting the black sand beaches of the area. The Black Basalt columns and the rock formation of Reynisdrangar. Local legend says they were formed from Trolls who were turned to stone luring ships to be wrecked on the shore. My days here had the bleakest of weather and as the massive waves raged in from the Atlantic it was a lonely and desolate place. It was easy to imagine this feezing isolated beach inhabited by Trolls of days gone by. I really wanted my images from here to capture the bleak and forbidding nature I experienced here. Hopefully that comes across in my shots.

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The weather cleared and brightened as I made the crazy drive to the cliff tops of Dyrholaey with its proud lighthouse and arch in the cliffs. The views east to Reynisdrangar and west across the Glacial Barren Zone was breathtaking.

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After a few days of wild, windy and rainy weather the temperatures plummeted over night as I journeyed east toward the Glacier Lagoon of Jokulsarlon. Dawn broke over breathtaking snow covered lands with the sky every conceivable colour from pinks to black as weather patters rolled in from the Atlantic. This was the Iceland I had come to see and it did not disappoint. Truly breathtaking. The Glacier lagoon is amazing, but for me the real photographic place was across the road on Diamond Beach. Once the icebergs leave the lagoon they travel out to sea through a small channel where they meet the raging Atlantic Ocean for the first time. Some of them are broken and pounded by the huge waves and get smashed into the black sand beach which has become known as Diamond Beach. Here icebergs glint like Diamonds against the black sand, and at dawn or sunset the colours are incredible and a photographers dream.

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My journey continued toward Hofn, across snow covered barren zones, with Glaciers, Mountains and Waterfalls at every turn. The snow got extremely bad, maybe 2 feet deep and the snow ploughs trying to keep the road open seemed to stop. My 4x4 started to lose traction out here and it was difficult to keep moving, and I decided that the far south eastern corner of Iceland, my planned final destination would have to wait for another day. So I turned and retraced my steps to Reykjavik, which turned into a long 9 hour, slow drive in deep snow. I will certainly return to Iceland in the winter as I want to shoot the Stokksness peninsula. However I felt that time and the snow on this trip was turning against me, so it will need to remain a challenge for another day.

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World Travel Market

Delighted to have had my image below selected by the Mongolian Tourism Association for their Exhibition Stand at World Travel Market exhibition running at London’s ExCeL arena in November

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In August 2016, I visited the beautiful island of Jamaica.

While the beaches and waters of this Caribbean island are spectacular, it is the culture, people and love of music that sets it apart. The Rastafarian movement in particular runs so deep and strong here, and it was a real privilage to spend some time with these people and understand a little more about their religion.

On first sight, Jamaica and its people can seem a little intimidating. It has a certain reputation for being unsafe and while its true that parts of Kingston should be treated with caution, my trip took me way out west on the island to Negril and its amazing beach.

Negril gets plenty of visitors to the All Inclusive resorts in its West End, but step away from all that, and your immediately thrust into the real people of Jamaica. Many here follow Rastafarianism, and are happy to speak and tell you more if you show interest and treat them with respect they deserve.

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Rastafarian Man at dusk in Negril, Jamaica

We have all heard the lyrics of Bob Marley’s songs, and he was a devout Rasta, along with his band The Wailers. When you take a little time to understand their beliefs the lyrics of the songs make much more sense to the outsider. Rastafarians believe they were origianlly people from Ethiopia who were stolen into slavery and brought to the Carribbean and America’s. While they believe in god, and follow many parts of the christian Bible, they worship Ethiopia’s Haile Sellasie and believe he is their prophet leading them to heaven, which is on Earth, in Ethiopia called Zion. They shun capitalism and the material lifestlye of the West, referring to it as Babylon. Many Rastafarians also are vegetarian and believe in spirits of living creatures. The firmly believe in meditation and opening the mind, by using Ganja or Marajuana, and the air is thick with the smoke of it in many cafes used by local people, where it is legal. Alcohol though is shunned by many Rasta’s as it is another element from Babylon, and shuts the mind to the effects of Ganja.

In my experiance they are beautiful and gentle people, and once the initial wariness about Jamaica’s reputation had receded, it was a real pleasure to sit in their company and learn a little bit about their lives and beliefs. 

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A fisherman bringing in his nets at sunset. Negril, Jamaica

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A Rastafarian on the beach at Dusk - Negril, Jamaica

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Bringing in the Fishing Nets at Dusk - Negril, Jamaica

Kumbh Mela 2015

The Hindu Holy festival of Kumbh Mela takes place at Narsik every 12 years, and attracts up to 100 million Hindu pilgrims and Holy men to bathe in the river to cleanse for their religion.


The festival attracts so many people, it can apparently be seen from space. I will be returning to India in September to photograph this amazing event.

I will also be visiting areas in Bombay, and Cochin during my trip and ending with a few days in the Blue City of Jodhpur in Rajasthan.

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