(Edinburgh, March 2003)
This was the shot which started
off the pigeon series seriously. Taken on the banks along Prince's
Street looking towards the Walter Scott Monument in Edinburgh
(top left). It was a cold afternoon and we sat there with our
M&S lunch swamped by pigeons. I'm fascinated by the birds'
movement, their sheer cheek, flight...
The image was taken sitting right at pigeon level. I love the
perspective lines in this, flowing towards a definite point top
centre. Several of my closest friends have copies of this one,
with this scan taken from a signed print.
(London, August 2006)
Walking along the banks of the
Thames early one morning, I stopped to take a few shots when
this pigeon spotted me. He seems as interested in me as I was in
I can't really
explain my interest in pigeons as a photographic subject. They're
cheeky, and in cities, often dirty and deformed. "Rats with wings"
as a friend used to say.
yet, they are as London to me as Big Ben and red phone boxes.
(Newtownards, July 2007)
Its not too often you get to stare
a dinosaur in the face!
Edward is a recently adopted member of the family, having been
found crossing the road by my father in the countryside.
Red-eared Terripins were highly
sought after in the 1980s and 90s thanks to the Teenage Mutant
Ninja Turtles craze, and many were abandoned to the elements.
This shot allows the viewer to
see Edward on his level.
(Paris, March 2005)
Pigeons are another frequent subject
for me. Flying rats they might be, but they unite many European
cities as a common sight. This particular example is of a lone
pigeon traversing the beautiful cobbled banks of the Seine in
Paris during a very sunny afternoon in March 2005.