Driving around North Yorkshire, I looked on the map for somewhere to visit and saw we were close to Fountains Abbey. Having heard of the name but never visited it before I took the gamble that it might be worth a photograph. Little did I know, that this is one of the largest and best preserved monasteries in England. This is the view from the Cloister Court looking towards the main tower.
Living as a student in the centre of Manchester for a few years, I discovered many of the best places for graffiti. One of my favourites is New Wakefield Street just behind Oxford Road Station. Each year there is a music and art festival where the murals get replaced. This is what was here in winter 2013. I have seen and photographed many different works of art on this wall over the past ten years. This piece is a collaboration between Low Bros from the Weird, Dulk and Nicolas Barrome.
This huge sculpture, unofficially known as the bean, was my main reason for visiting Chicago. I had been looking forward to a chance to capture this work of art for many years. My favourite image of the bean is without people around it. To get this I got up very early in the morning before anyone else. After reviewing my shots it does seem less real in a way without people. For anyone who has never had the chance to visit Chicago and see Cloud Gate it is difficult to give a true sense of scale. This is where people can work well in a photograph. Anytime after 7am to late into the evening there will be crowds of people here most days.
The main part of the island of Aitutaki is about 2 kilometers across by 12 long. On my first day on the island I decided to try and drive my scooter along every road on the island and see what I came across. My first discovery was that most of the roads are more tracks so it was pretty slow going (like they say, "you're on island time now").
This small deserted beach was found on the west coast of the island looking out across the shallow lagoon. Jumping off the scooter and grabbing my camera to take this photograph I noticed movement on the beach. This hive of activity was small red crabs running back into the sand.
On arriving at my accomdation I asked the receptist where to get the best views of the city. They pointed out Coit Tower on the map. This 64 metre tall tower was built in 1933 and stands on the top of Telegraph Hill. Not knowing how long it would take to walk up the hill from the waterfront, I arrived at 4:30pm (two hours before this image was captured) with the intention of getting some night shots of the downtown area of the city.
This view is looking west, with Filbert Street on the left and Greenwich Street on the right. The church in the middle of the photograph is Saints Peter and Paul Church. On the far right of the horizon in the mist is the Golden Gate Bridge.
When searching for good things to photograph in San Francisco, the city hall wasn't high on my list. It seemed difficult to find a unique image of the building. Walking towards downtown from Alamo Square I was near San Francisco City Hall. Being my first time in the city I had some time to check it out. Little did I know Dew Tour (sponsored by soft drinks brand Mountain Dew) was on.
At first this was a disappointment. From the placement of the stands, big trucks and hundreds of people, there wasn't a clear view of the whole building. Sports photography is something I do enjoy, especially on two wheels. After an hour or two of wondering around the track and shooting hundreds of photos I found this spot. Using the 200mm zoom lens I could crop out everything but the rider. The rider must be well over 100 metres from the front of the City Hall.