Flying Scotsman and Union of South Africa

Flying Scotsman and Union of South Africa are iconic locomotives. My railway enthusiast friends tell me that when these two engines visited Didcot together in August 2017 it was a big deal. A very big deal. Apparently it is the first time these fine vehicles have been seen together since the 1960s. Flying Scotsman is known the world over. It is the nations favourite locomotive. The loco – part of the A-3 class – was built in 1923 and was retired in 1963. Since then it has had various private Continue reading →

Hertford Heritage Trail

A few months ago a number of blue plaques appeared in and around the town centre of Hertford. Each was attached to a significant building which became part of the Hertford Heritage Trail. Hertford is a charming town 25 miles north of London with an interesting history. As the county town of Hertfordshire it is home to twenty thousand people. I became one of the twenty thousand a few years ago. As a resident of Hertford I had captured a number of images of the town over the years. In August Continue reading →

Photographs of the Middle East

A Great Day (and Night) in Abu Dhabi and Dubai That fine day spent photographing Dubai and Abu Dhabi in 2014 was very much down to a chance meeting. I had been exhibiting with my good friend Sami Nabeel. There we met Ziyad Alarfaj – who kindly agreed to show us around and with that vital gift to the photographer - help to get access. The day started very early at the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, a short drive from Dubai. As day broke over the mosque the blue light of dawn set off the white building Continue reading →

Photographs of Santorini

Surely one of the most beautiful of Greek Islands, Santorini is nestled in the Aegean Sea. Here are seven photographs of Santorini that will make you wish you were there right now. It's 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 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 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. Continue reading →

Bronx Photographs

The last few hours of my recent trip to New York City were spent with Alexandra Maruri of Bronx Historical Tours. This proved to be a very rewarding experience as I was shown round some of the magnificent street art of the Bronx. The work on display has been curated by the TAG Public Arts project. My understanding is that aims are two fold – to improve the urban landscapes within the Bronx and to give exposure to the artists who create the work. The project was founded by J. SinXero Beltran. A Continue reading →

Photographs of Bradford in Yorkshire

I have just spent a few days in Bradford in Yorkshire, Northern England. The city was my home for a few years in the 1970’s. I have thought about photographing this location for some time and finally got round to it. In this blog post I am featuring a few of the themes that interest me: The beautiful Victorian architecture (limited by major renovations taking place in the city centre at the moment). Some of the buildings in and around the University where I studied four decades Continue reading →

Sacred Places – Spiritual Images

During the last decade I travelled to some amazing places. My travels through Asia and Africa took me to some remarkable religious locations. In this short post I am featuring some of the spiritual images created during those journeys. Ten photographs from a much larger collection. The first four images were taken during a tour of the temples around Angkor in Cambodia in 2012. Here you can see the temples of Bayon, Preah Khan and Ta Promh. The fourth image features a temple on the jungle a few Continue reading →

Great Barrier Reef, Queensland – Australia

The fourth of five featured images from Australia. This one shows the Great Barrier Reef off Queensland, Australia. It was photographed from a helicopter with the door off, which certainly tested my nerves. To see more images from around the world, please visit the Amazing places collection. http://www.mrsmithworldphotography.com/photographs-of-amazing-places Continue reading →

Sugar Cane Railway at Mossman, Queensland – Australia

The third in a short series of five featured images from Australia. This one features the Sugar Cane Railway at Mossman in Queensland. I took several shots of the Sugar Cane Industry in this area. To see more images from around the world, please visit the Amazing places collection. http://www.mrsmithworldphotography.com/photographs-of-amazing-places Continue reading →

Devil’s Marbles in the Northern Territory – Australia

I’m featuring a series of images shot a few years ago during a couple of road trips I took through Australia. First off is the wonderful shapes created by the Devil’s Marbles in the Northern Territory. And to think that some people think there is nothing to see in the outback…. To see more images from around the world, please visit the Amazing places collection: http://www.mrsmithworldphotography.com/photographs-of-amazing-places Continue reading →

Photographs of Texas – Baird

At the start of my recent trip to New Mexico I Planned my journey which would take me through Texas. My photographs of Texas included a number of small towns and had strong recommendations to visit Baird en route. This proved good advice - I passed through the town on my outward and inward journeys. This shot shows the character of Baird and gives more than a nod to its history as a Western Town.   Continue reading →

Iceland

During my recent journey through Iceland I was accompanied by a talented group of photographers. Whilst many of my companions concentrated on the detail of Iceland's natural wonders, many of my photographs featured the bigger picture. This sunset shot is a case in point - a busy shot but it worked for me iceland sunset. Continue reading →

Tulsa

I arrived at Tulsa during my latest trip along Route 66 and spent a little longer there than planned. Why? Because Tulsa is a real gem.  A vibrant city with stunning art deco architecture, lots going on and most of all some great people. I visited several places around the city with the help of some locals I would like to thank. My base was the excellent Campbell Hotel, a beautifully restored 1930’s building where no expense was spared on the refurbishment. I was grateful to the staff Continue reading →