About

I cannot remember a time when I have not taken photographs.

From those early days, even before becoming a teenager, owning and using a camera has always been a big part of my life. Beginning with a Kodak Brownie 127 and later, a Kodak Instamatic I progressed to a Japanese single lens reflex Komaflex S. From that humble start and on the 30th March 1974, I purchased my first Leica, a well-used IIIc manufactured in Germany in 1947. This was eventually traded in for a more up to date M3, still made by Leica which was later exchanged for an M6. At the same time and throwing caution to the wind I traded in a 50mm close-focusing Summicron and a 135mm Elmarit and purchased two new lenses. After reading Theo Kisselbach’s “Das Leica-Buch” I chose a 35mm Summicron and a 90mm Elmarit since in his opinion, a lightweight outfit comprising a camera and these two focal lengths would cover every pictorial opportunity on a round the world trip. With the digital age firmly established the M6 was joined by an M8 which was subsequently traded in for an M9P. In May 2017 the M9P was exchanged for an M10. Being part of the Leica system, both lenses bought for the M6 can still be used with the M10 however at the same time as purchasing the M10 the 35mm Summicron was exchanged for the latest aspheric version. Interestingly the M10 is still manufactured in the town of Wetzlar as
was my first Leica, the IIIc. In May 2020 a Leica Q2 was purchased to supplement the M10. I use Capture One and Adobe Photoshop CC to process the images in my digital darkroom. On the 25th of November 2021 I became an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. I've always lived in Derbyshire hence "the county of Derbyshire" and since it is literally on my doorstep, "an English garden" is also a gallery item.

So, please enjoy the county of Derbyshire, an English garden throughout the seasons and the other galleries as they are added.



Featured Galleries & Collections

The county of Derbyshire

The county of Derbyshire

An English garden

An English garden

On working towards a Royal Photographic Society associate distinction.

On working towards a Royal Photographic Society associate distinction.

The girls' visit in June 2022

The girls' visit in June 2022

Christmas 2021 with the girls

Christmas 2021 with the girls

Come wander with me around Felley Priory Gardens.

Come wander with me around Felley Priory Gardens.

In June 2021 we visit David, Toni and the girls in Stratford upon Avon.

In June 2021 we visit David, Toni and the girls in Stratford upon Avon.

The girls' visit in May 2021.

The girls' visit in May 2021.

Come walk with me

Come walk with me

Just pictures

Just pictures

A walk along Sandy Lane and then, by Cuckoostone Lane, back home, April 2020

A walk along Sandy Lane and then, by Cuckoostone Lane, back home, April 2020

A wander around the market town of Ashbourne

A wander around the market town of Ashbourne

Drabbles Mill, Lower Lumsdale, Matlock

Drabbles Mill, Lower Lumsdale, Matlock

Our girls, Christmas 2019

Our girls, Christmas 2019

Sheffield, October 2019

Sheffield, October 2019

A walk alongside Derwent Water, September 2019

A walk alongside Derwent Water, September 2019

Three days in Dorset, August 2019

Three days in Dorset, August 2019

Our Golden Wedding Anniversary

Our Golden Wedding Anniversary

Our visit to see the girls. June 2019

Our visit to see the girls. June 2019

Four days in the Lake District, April 2019

Four days in the Lake District, April 2019

We visit the girls and Mary Arden's farm in March 2019

We visit the girls and Mary Arden's farm in March 2019

Now that the better weather's here

Now that the better weather's here

A February 2019 visit from Toni, David and the girls

A February 2019 visit from Toni, David and the girls

Christmas 2018 with the girls

Christmas 2018 with the girls

Autumn 2018 in the Lake District

Autumn 2018 in the Lake District

Harriet's third birthday, October 2018

Harriet's third birthday, October 2018

The three Linacre Reservoirs, near Chesterfield

The three Linacre Reservoirs, near Chesterfield

Two days in London, August 2018

Two days in London, August 2018

Brioni and Rodney's Golden Wedding celebration

Brioni and Rodney's Golden Wedding celebration

another walk up Hurker

another walk up Hurker

Three days in Bath

Three days in Bath

A wander around Belper River Gardens

A wander around Belper River Gardens

Grandma and Grandpa visit Toni, David and the girls in May 2018

Grandma and Grandpa visit Toni, David and the girls in May 2018

A walk across Hathersage Moor

A walk across Hathersage Moor

The Lake District, April 2018

The Lake District, April 2018

From Darley Dale to Matlock

From Darley Dale to Matlock

A walk up Clough Lane

A walk up Clough Lane

A winter's day on Tansley and Darley Moors

A winter's day on Tansley and Darley Moors

Christmas 2017 with the girls

Christmas 2017 with the girls

Around Hathersage and Grindleford

Around Hathersage and Grindleford

Matlock's Christmas Market and Fair

Matlock's Christmas Market and Fair

Our visit to Toni, David and the girls in November 2017

Our visit to Toni, David and the girls in November 2017

From Darley Dale to Rowsley

From Darley Dale to Rowsley

From Ameycroft Lane to Holt Road

From Ameycroft Lane to Holt Road

An Autumn walk in Chatsworth Park

An Autumn walk in Chatsworth Park

Magpie Mine, near Sheldon

Magpie Mine, near Sheldon

Three days in Norfolk

Three days in Norfolk

Eileen and John's garden party

Eileen and John's garden party

A walk through Hurker Wood

A walk through Hurker Wood

A wander around Cromford Wharf

A wander around Cromford Wharf

Middleton Top to Sheep Pasture

Middleton Top to Sheep Pasture

Just occasionally...

Just occasionally...

Rural Decay

Rural Decay

From Rowsley to Chatsworth returning by the river side

From Rowsley to Chatsworth returning by the river side

Street photography

Street photography

Lumsdale, near Matlock in black and white, January 2017

Lumsdale, near Matlock in black and white, January 2017

Lorna's Land Rover driving experience, September 2016

Lorna's Land Rover driving experience, September 2016

Perfection, August 2016

Perfection, August 2016

Saint Mary's Chapel on the Bridge and the Cathedral, Derby, May 2016

Saint Mary's Chapel on the Bridge and the Cathedral, Derby, May 2016

Clough Wood and its bluebells, May 2016

Clough Wood and its bluebells, May 2016

The Lake District, November 2007 & October 2013

The Lake District, November 2007 & October 2013

Three and a half days in the Lake District, May 2014

Three and a half days in the Lake District, May 2014

Two and a half more days in the Lake District, May 2015

Two and a half more days in the Lake District, May 2015

A few more days in the Lake District and alongside the Solway Firth, September 2015

A few more days in the Lake District and alongside the Solway Firth, September 2015

The English Lake District, May and August 2016

The English Lake District, May and August 2016

The Lake District, August 2017

The Lake District, August 2017

The baptism of Roberta Alice, March 2013

The baptism of Roberta Alice, March 2013

Roberta Alice, the years 2012 to 2015

Roberta Alice, the years 2012 to 2015

Roberta's second Christmas, December 2013

Roberta's second Christmas, December 2013

Roberta Alice is three years old, June 2015

Roberta Alice is three years old, June 2015

A long weekend at Elveden Forest Center Parc and an afternoon and morning on the north Norfolk coast, July 2015

A long weekend at Elveden Forest Center Parc and an afternoon and morning on the north Norfolk coast, July 2015

Christmas 2015 with the girls

Christmas 2015 with the girls

Roberta Alice and Harriet Grace, the years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Roberta Alice and Harriet Grace, the years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

The baptism of Harriet Grace, May 2016

The baptism of Harriet Grace, May 2016

Christmas 2016 with the girls

Christmas 2016 with the girls

The girls visit Grandma and Grandpa in April 2017

The girls visit Grandma and Grandpa in April 2017

Roberta's birthday visit

Roberta's birthday visit

America from coast to coast by Amtrak, September 2008

America from coast to coast by Amtrak, September 2008

Japan 2010, a journey in pictures

Japan 2010, a journey in pictures

Eight European cities and Auschwitz by train

Eight European cities and Auschwitz by train

New England in the Fall, September/October 2013

New England in the Fall, September/October 2013

Six Italian cities and Switzerland by train

Six Italian cities and Switzerland by train

Dereliction, April 2015

Dereliction, April 2015

The Severn Valley Railway, June 2009

The Severn Valley Railway, June 2009

Steam Dream, May 2011

Steam Dream, May 2011

The Great Central Railway, May 2012

The Great Central Railway, May 2012

The Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway, March 2012

The Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway, March 2012

Bucklerash gig at Matlock Bath Music Festival, July 2015

Bucklerash gig at Matlock Bath Music Festival, July 2015

North Wales, July 2010 & June 2011

North Wales, July 2010 & June 2011

Three more days in North Wales, August 2015

Three more days in North Wales, August 2015

Scotland, the west coast, May 2010

Scotland, the west coast, May 2010

Nine glorious days in Scotland and one in Northumberland, May 2008

Nine glorious days in Scotland and one in Northumberland, May 2008

Thirteen more days in Scotland, June 2013

Thirteen more days in Scotland, June 2013

Chatsworth

Chatsworth

Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall

Hodsock Priory, February 2014

Hodsock Priory, February 2014

Renishaw Hall, May 2016

Renishaw Hall, May 2016

Four days in Northumberland, July 2014

Four days in Northumberland, July 2014

The county of Norfolk, May 2012

The county of Norfolk, May 2012

The counties of Yorkshire and Humberside, April 2012

The counties of Yorkshire and Humberside, April 2012

The county of Kent, July 2011

The county of Kent, July 2011

The counties of Warwickshire and Gloucestershire

The counties of Warwickshire and Gloucestershire

The counties of Suffolk and Essex, June 2008

The counties of Suffolk and Essex, June 2008

The county of Surrey, July 2008 & April 2011

The county of Surrey, July 2008 & April 2011

The county of Dorset, June 2009

The county of Dorset, June 2009

Six glorious days away in Henley on Thames and Dorset, June 2014

Six glorious days away in Henley on Thames and Dorset, June 2014

A long weekend in London, August 2013

A long weekend in London, August 2013

A Japanese Garden, July 2013

A Japanese Garden, July 2013

A traffic light museum, February 2013

A traffic light museum, February 2013

Autumn in Paris, September 2007

Autumn in Paris, September 2007

Two days in Paris, September 2009

Two days in Paris, September 2009

Peak Rail

Peak Rail

A day in London, March 2011

A day in London, March 2011

Leawood Pumping Engine, Derbyshire, August 2010

Leawood Pumping Engine, Derbyshire, August 2010

The Wedding, January 2011

The Wedding, January 2011

The Bernese Oberland, Montreux, Zermatt and Zurich, September 2007

The Bernese Oberland, Montreux, Zermatt and Zurich, September 2007

Seven days in Devon and Cornwall, June 2007

Seven days in Devon and Cornwall, June 2007

Biddulph Grange, Staffordshire, May 2009

Biddulph Grange, Staffordshire, May 2009

The Brecon Beacons, July 2009

The Brecon Beacons, July 2009

David

David

On being a member of Matlock Camera Club

On being a member of Matlock Camera Club

The Italian Job

The Italian Job

Photographs by my good friend, Eric

Photographs by my good friend, Eric

Photographs by my good friend, Alan

Photographs by my good friend, Alan