Photos of Blackfriars

This series of photos of Blackfriars in London is a shortlist prepared for a design client. All images were shot of, or from Blackfriars over a five year period and are part of our London collection. The main features of this part of town are the historic buildings, the beautiful river front and the bridges over the River Thames. Blackfriars Bridge is as traditional as it gets. Blackfriars railway Bridge was reconstructed over a few years, reopening relatively recently. But the unique structure Continue reading →

Joe Cornish Gallery – World Cityscapes

If you are based in the North of England and would like to view some of our prints, why not visit the Joe Cornish Gallery in North Yorkshire? Alongside the work of Joe Cornish, one of the UK's greatest landscape photographers and several other artists you will find some of Martin's prints. In Martin's own words "it is an honour for my work to be be seen with Joe's and other photographers' including Neil Page, Charles Cramer, Mike Caine, Linda Lashford, Will Nicholls, Lizzie Shepherd, Continue reading →

Photographs of Leicester City Murals

The 2016 Leicester City story was the stuff that dreams are made of. In case you missed it this is what happened. Towards the end of the 2014 – 2015 football season Leicester City were bottom of the Premier League and seemed certain to be relegated. But they went on a run of seven victories and defied all the odds to survive. In itself a remarkable achievement but much bigger things would follow. Winning becomes a habit, and when the new season started Leicester kept on winning. Pre season Continue reading →

There’s only one Graham Taylor

Founder of Mr Smith World Photography, Martin Smith is a lifelong Watford fan. In this article he shares some personal memories and photographs in tribute to Watford's greatest ever manager who died last week. Ask who is the greatest all time manager of a football club and there is usually a debate. At Liverpool was it Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley or Kenny Dalglish? Who would it be at Arsenal? Arsene Wenger? George Graham? Herbert Chapman? At Watford there is no debate. Without doubt it was Graham Continue reading →

Photos of New York City – Brooklyn Bridge

New York City is one of the greatest cities in the world. I have visited and photographed the city many times. This is the first of a series of posts featuring some of my favourite photos of New York City. The location selected for this post is the Brooklyn Bridge. The structure is truly iconic and is one of the sights which immediately comes to mind when people think of New York City. Photos of New York City: Brooklyn Bridge in black and white I have chosen five photographs from our World Cities Continue reading →

Why I like this photograph of Queen Elizabeth II Bridge

This is a photograph of Queen Elizabeth II Bridge. The bridge forms part of the Dartford Crossing over the River Thames. It takes traffic Southbound over the river, whilst the Dartford Tunnel takes vehicles in the opposite direction. This image was the result of considerable research and a lot of inconvenience. But it illustrates the enjoyment I get from photography. For several years I have found this bridge to be a fascinating subject. I have visited this spot on the banks of the Thames Continue reading →

Photographs of Santorini

Surely one of the most beautiful of Greek Islands, Santorini is nestled in the Aegean Sea. A place where white houses hug the cliff face and where blue domed churches can seemingly be found around every corner. The island is built on a caldera (crater) formed by a volcanic eruption. In this post I am featuring a series of photographs of Santorini created during a short visit in June 2016. They feature the picturesque towns of Pyrgos and Oia and of Megalahori, Pori and Emborio. The Island has Continue reading →

Hotel Artwork, Fairmont the Palm, Dubai

One of our prestigious installations of hotel artwork can be found at the Fairmont Hotel at the Palm in Dubai. The Ba restaurant at the hotel features eight prints. They were selected from the Spirit of Place Exhibition that took Place in Dubai in 2014. The exhibition was featured in local and international press. The installation is a curated collection of spiritual images. Subjects include temples in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Myanmar and India. The collection was drawn from my original photographic Continue reading →

Photos of Christmas in London 2015

Christmas in London 2015. A wonderful place at "the most wonderful time of the year". But was it always like this? Inspired by New York City? In the 1990's I regularly travelled to New York City during the festive season. It was then, and still is now a magical place in December.  In those days London was also fun but lacked the seasonal appeal of the "Big Apple" at Christmas. Times are different now. Each year the City of London adds a little more Christmas sparkle of its own.  Street Continue reading →

Photos of Shoreditch and Spitalfields

The "East End" is one of my favourite parts of London. Like much of the city is continually changing. Shoreditch, rich in history, is one of the hubs of East London.  It became an increasingly trendy neighbourhood over the past fifteen years. Some would argue that the trendsetters have now moved on. But it still remains a vibrant location full of bars, restaurants, artistic locations and historic places. The photographs in this post feature Shoreditch, nearby Spitalfields and images from a Continue reading →