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, …

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 …

Oxford Street

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

Manet

f/2, ISO-200, 0 step, 6mm, 1/8 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 …

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 …

Pete

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

Albion

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

Broken Chair

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

Manchester

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

Reflection

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

John

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

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 …

Samurai

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

Early Morning

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

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.

Tania

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

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 …

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 …

Columns

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

Pop Life

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

Tickets

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

Golders Green

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

Pavement

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

Showman

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

Bank Station

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

Andrew Fenner

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

Père Lachaise

f/5, ISO-100, 40 mm, 1/80 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 …

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 …

Zooyo

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

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 …

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, …

Jazz

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

Queen’s Head Yard

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

Chinatown

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

Archer Street

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

Coffee

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

The Coat

f/2.8, ISO-200, 0 step, mm, 1/1250 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 …

The Lady

f/3.5, ISO-100, 0 step, 40mm, 1/640 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? …

Stripes

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

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; …