After graduating from art college in 1985, I went to stay with my grandparents at their smallholding in south west Hungary for a couple of months, from August to after the grape harvest in late September.Read More
It was called Much Binding and was in Cromer, Norfolk. It's a great bookshop. Not just books, but prints, maps, old photos. Amazing.Read More
I recently dug out some old slides from boxes I’ve had knocking around for years and years, and sent them off to be professionally scanned. So now I can see the type of work I was producing over 30 years ago, which has been mind-blowing. Also, quite encouraging. I need to plan to think about preparing to do some more painting.Read More
Wednesday 24 April. At about 7.50pm, I was watching the sun setting at Cromer in Norfolk when I saw the inshore lifeboat east of the pier. As I went down to the beach to get a closer look, the boat turned towards the shore.Read More
A week ago, a truck fly-tipped a load of waste onto the little road I can see from the back of my house. They did this blatantly and in broad daylight on Saturday morning. Within a couple of minutes they were gone.Read More
When I was studying at the Hornsey College of Art in the early 1980’s, I devoted most of the second year of my degree course to practicing the discipline of drawing. I was developing my understanding of structure, line, tone, light and shadow, learning how these things could fundamentally underpin the physical aspects of image-making and painting.Read More
I took these photos of this awesome Cold War wraith at an airshow (probably Farnborough) many years ago. I developed and printed the images myself (at art college). These are scans of the printed photos.Read More
This must be in the late 1960’s. We went to Wormwood Scrubs, an area of open ground - not really a park in those days, in west London near the prison which bears the same name.
I’m not sure now exactly what was going on, but army men were sending people up with the Barrage balloon, who were then jumping off and returning to the ground on tethered parachutes...Read More
This is a photo of the Little Chapel at Les Vauxbelets in Guernsey, taken in the late 1960s or early 70s...
UPDATE 15 March: I came across some more slides in my father’s things, amongst which was this clearer image of the chapel which really shows how colourful it is.Read More
I was once driving back home from Bamburgh in Northumberland and came across the amazing site of a giant megalith in the churchyard of a Norman church. I had no idea why there was an enormous - obviously ancient - standing stone in such close proximity to a beautiful old church. I had to stop and have a closer look.Read More
In 1984, while still at Hornsey School of Art, I sold my old Ford Escort mk1 and used the proceeds to go to the USA and visit my old school friends who had emigrated a few years earlier to New Orleans. A group of us went on a road trip to Florida, with our destination being the Kennedy Space Center.Read More
At the beginning of February 2012, I went to Ösi, a small village in Western Hungary, to mark my grandmother’s 95th birthday.Read More
This Nile Turtle arrived for breakfast every morning at the Longhouse Inn Hotel by the riverside in Dalyan. It was fed on any leftover eggs (scrambled and boiled). Some establishments on the riverside lure the species with chicken skin in order to attract more customers, a practice which is in fact harmful to this secretive turtle which is unable to digest this food alien to its natural diet. I would imagine eggs aren't great for it to be eating every day either…Read More
One morning while vacationing in Istanbul, I heard a chainsaw in the street. I tried to ignore it but it was a really intrusive noise and I wondered what was taking such a hammering. Curiosity got the better of me and I looked out of the window and was shocked to see a man cutting down the large Acacia tree (I think), in the yard of the house opposite…Read More