In continuous development since 2007. The focus is on part of Salisbury Plain in Southern England surrounding the village of Upavon. This is an area for which during the 1960s my father was farm manger and where I spent my early childhood. No longer farmed to the extent it was, this remains land owned by the British Army and forms part of the Salisbury Plain Training Area.

Photographs are part of much wider activity including reflective writing. This work has also formed recently completed PhD research with the University of Brighton entitled An Archaeology of Childhood.

The photographs included here are originated on either medium-format or large-format negative.

See also an English Field on the video page.

In The Beginning and Always

The Fiftieth Anniversary of Military Flight held at Royal Air Force Upavon 16th June 1962.

This was an event which I attended as a fourteen month old baby.

These are images generated from original 35mm slides acquired mostly from anonymous sources plus a selection produced by my father. From a larger series currently in development and closely related to Upavon.

Into The Remote Places

From a large archive collection of original 35mm colour slides from the same anonymous source. These form the basis of new work currently in development. Closely related to Upavon and In The Beginning And Always.

The images all depict aircraft at what was Royal Air Force Khormaksar at Aden, Yemen around 1966. It is believed they were made by a member of British personnel stationed at the airbase.

Having been a strategic staging post for trade with India and the Far East, Aden was one of the final British colonial outposts in the Middle East during the Cold War period. The British military made a final, and somewhat ignominious, withdrawal in 1967 following a period of intense and violent political unrest in pursuit of full Yemeni independence.