Please donít expect an art gallery, Iím no David Bailey or Peter Gray, more happy snapper. For every good picture there are at least 50 duff ones. As many of the older images from the 1970/80ís are scanned in from original slides, the quality is rather poor, but many of the pictures are now history so worth including on the site.
Many but not all the photographs on these pages reflect my main photographic interests in railways, preferably branch lines and rural railways, the more rustic the better. There are also a few foreign pictures of obscure railways, who, for instance can show you 650mm gauge railway on the Antarctic mainland or colour steam pictures from Romania during the communist regime?
I do like steam railways but not so much the polished preservation icons beloved of most enthusiasts Ė I would rather see them in an original working environment. Hence my trips to East Germany and Romania in the early 1980ís while still undeveloped by capitalism.
The collection is kept at the Bodleian Library in Oxford as part of the John Johnson collection and access is via a Readers Ticket, to find out more please visit: www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/johnson.
Digital copies of items from the collection can be made available for which there is a small charge payable to the Bodleian Library, for details please email here.
My current devices of choice are a Canon 5D Mkll; 40D; Canon SX10 and G11. I have had an old Canon 60D (which is now defunct) and an EOS 300, I also have a work owned Canon 20D. Some of the earlier photographs have been taken with a Canon F1, Kodak Retina lll, Canon Ftb QL; Pentax 100 and a Rolliflex medium format twin lens.
My software is a combination of the FREE Picasa 3 from Google; iPhoto and Aperture; I also use a early version of Photo suite and adobe CS3. Please enjoy your tour round the site and comments good or bad are welcome.