Golders Green

f/3.5, ISO-125, -2 step, 6mm, 1/15 sec.

Samurai

f/7.1, ISO-100, -0.7 step, 50mm, 1/400 sec.

Zooyo

f/4.5, ISO-100, -0.7 step, 50mm, 1/160 sec.

Christmas Day

His nine year old loved the nursery, and the tree climbing and her books. History and flowers and trains. And she loved her father. And he thought of …

Père Lachaise

f/5, ISO-100, 40 mm, 1/80 sec.

Chinatown

f/2.8, ISO-100, -0.7 step, 50mm, 1/80 sec.

Barton Road

On a Sunday, in the early evening –And I hear this couple,raging on, screaming their heads off. And I’m over six footAnd I’m looking through hedgerows,through blossoms –Purples …

Pavement

f/5, ISO-100, -0.7 step, 50mm, 1/250 sec.

Bank Station

f/2.2, ISO-160, -1.7 step, 6mm, 1/50 sec.

The Snuff Box

He dressed eccentrically at the most – striped trousers and a top hat bowler. And a long coat and gaudy shirt. His eyeglasses would swing on a chain, …

Antiquities

Pastel shades, gold and scarlet, splendid in the evening light, the simplest shades. The room, largely decorative with plumes of grey and black and blue. They called it …

Rafters

Taut line of thin manila, rope creaking, on dusty rafters swinging. In your shame. Forty years of dead weight, then like a pendulum still. It was three days …

The Steaming Beast

Spring has sprung, and new blossoms burst. Hungered by the lack of fuel, the compost heap beckons from across the garden, angry steam rising from its core of …

Pete

f/3.5, ISO-80, 0 step, 6 mm, 1/50 sec.

Manchester

f/10, ISO-1600, -1.3 step, 55mm, 1/80 sec

Swallows

They move and glide in droves outside the passage brothel, through the alleyway, to their mud nests. He watches her floral skirt for twenty minutes, how she lingers …

Oil on Canvas

My fingers touch dry strokes from a brush on a canvas from last year. So delicately you worked that piece. The landscape – brilliant greens and soft browns; …

My waitress Mary

[For Kari Jeppesen] – Johnny Cash on the Jukebox – Walk the Line. In a truck stop with bloodshot eyes, and all-night drivers, and builders in blue jeans …

Defiance

f/10, ISO-400, -0.3 step, 50mm, 1/800 sec.

Manet

f/2, ISO-200, 0 step, 6mm, 1/8 sec.

The Lady

f/3.5, ISO-100, 0 step, 40mm, 1/640 sec.

Pop Life

f/4.5, ISO-200, -0.3 step, 50mm, 1/200 sec.

Stripes

f/3.5, ISO-100, 0 step, 40mm, 1/400 sec.

Albion

f/3.2, ISO-200, 0 step, 40mm, 1/640 sec.

The East End

[For Richard Chisholm] –  Stilettos and hard black shoes, clack-clack, they walk the Christmas pavement. City dwellers and workers rushing to the tube, or pubs for warmth and …

Early Morning

f/2.5, ISO-125, -2 step, 6mm, 1/15 sec.

Photo Albums

The pictures taught him respectability. One of a young Jewish girl, with tattered stripes and the yellow ‘Judenstern’. Another of broken bones and ash cloud plumes above chimney …

Escort Services

Amplified soundsfrom a short-circuiting buzzerecho through a quiet hallway; a salvoof bursts ringing outinto the lonely darkness.She’s on time –the primal craving of love and wantracing headlong towards …

Queen’s Head Yard

f/2.2, ISO-125, -0.7 step, 50mm, 1/80 sec.

Tickets

f/7.1, ISO-100, 0 step, 40mm, 1/400 sec.

The Coat

f/2.8, ISO-200, 0 step, mm, 1/1250 sec.

Uncle Patrick

In a dirty, dingy dive, in a dire haze of old memories, I sit with Uncle Patrick; dead quiet as always with a Campari and Soda to soothe …

Showman

f/4.5, ISO-100, -0.7 step, 50mm, 1/160 sec.

Andrew Fenner

f/3.5, ISO-80, -2 step, 6 mm, 1/30 sec.

Broken Homes

[For Erin Alexander] – It’s not easy avoiding them. On a dark path, in the early morning. Try in vain, the lack of light, but it all ends …

Oxford Street

f/5, ISO-100, 0 step, 40mm, 1/200 sec.

Coffee

f/3.5, ISO-100, 0 step, 40mm, 1/1000 sec.

John

f/4.5, ISO-80, 0 step, 6mm, 1/25 sec.

Columns

f/7.1, ISO-100, 0 step, 40mm, 1/400 sec.

Broken Chair

f/4.5, ISO-200, -0.3 step, 50mm, 1/200 sec.

Jazz

f/2, ISO-800, 0 step, 6mm, 1/25 sec.

The Hi-Hat solo

Foot pedal and cymbals, the beat, the kettle drum, and the girl and the hi-hat solo. Good looking men watch her deliver from the shadows. Are you Jack? …

Tania

f/4.5, ISO-100, -0.7 step, 50mm, 1/160 sec.

Archer Street

f/2.8, ISO-80, -2 step, 6mm, 1/6 sec.

Too many Options

Finchley Central, my new neighbourhood and a legion of foreign importers remain open for business, a warm Sunday evening after a day in a Camden pub. Fruiterers, bakers, …

Little Bird

[For Kari Jeppesen] – I watched you die, little bird, how you squirmed, the crazy cat plucking you gracefully from your aborted flight, crimson spurting, eyes rolling loosely …

Reflection

f/2.8, ISO-100, 0 step, 40mm, 1/500 sec.

The Line Dance

Clothes pegs: in a line, on a line. Little dancing people moving to and fro, backwards and forwards, this way and that. Elegant and charming, graceful in silk …