Essex Update

Here are a couple of new salt prints from my Essex salt print project. I’m really enjoying my photo’ trips to essex. Particularly when I’m out on the salt marshes. This first salt print was photographed at low tide and there wasn’t another person around. Just me and few thousand wading birds. Oystercatchers, Curlews and Godwits sifting through the mud for their dinner.




The Tollesbury salt marshes are a unique landscape. A maze of interconnecting creeks that make a snug mooring for the local sailor’s boats. I’m sure it would make a great picture shot from a helicopter.

number 12

Number 12



Salt Prints

I’ve been working hard at perfecting my Salt Printing technique recently. It’s a tricky process to get right. The prints need to be toned to protect the silver and help with archival longevity. I’ve been using Gold and Platinum.

Boadicea CK213 and Mary CK252 Essex Smacks dredging for oysters of West Mersea, Essex. A Platinum toned Salt Print.

Boadicea CK213 and Mary CK252 Essex Smacks dredging for oysters off West Mersea, Essex. A Platinum toned Salt Print.

The Garden Gate. A Platinum toned Salt Print

The Garden Gate. A Platinum toned Salt Print

Dahlia 3. A Gold toned Salt Print

Dahlia 3. A Gold toned Salt Print



This is a magical time of year. You never quite know what the next morning has to offer. Will it be damp and misty or clear and bright with a sharp frost? Whichever it is there will be photographs to be made. Here is a selection I made over the last few days. They were all shot on my trusty old Canon 1ds mk11. Some of them I’m sure will go off to my friend and colleague Jack Lowe to have large format negatives made, so that I can print them in Platinum.

Tree in the mist.   tree shadow

tree skeleton




tree shadow2


A Walk In The Park

I’m very lucky to live in Derbyshire. It is a truly beautiful county and a lot of my spare time has been spent exploring the Peak District National Park. Millions of people visit each year to enjoy the great outdoors, so I thought I’d share with you one of my favourite areas for a good walk.

Running north-south along the eastern edge of the Peak District is an escarpment of Millstone Grit. It isn’t continuous -it is truncated by the odd road and valley- but each section is named. Known locally as “The Edges” they make a great location for a walk.

The photographs below run south to north in order. They start at Birchens Edge near to Chatsworth and finish at Stanage Edge just above Hathersage.

The view from Birchen's Edge.

Nelson’s monument and the view south-west from Birchens Edge towards Chatsworth.

Battleship Stones

Directly behind Nelson’s monument are these 3 large rocks. Each has the name of one of Admiral Nelson’s battleships carved into them. Victory, Defiance and Royal Soverin.

Two climbers on Curbar Edge in the Peak District National Park Derbyshire

Two climbers on a classic Derbyshire gritstone route on Curbar Edge high above the Derwent Valley.

A group of walkers take the footpath south on top of Froggatt Edge.

The path along the top of Froggatt Edge is well trodden and ideal for walkers of all ages.

Carl Wark and Higger Tor from Burbage Edge

Burbage Rocks runs along the southern edge of the Burbage Valley. This is the view from Burbage South, across the valley to the outcrops of Carl Wark and Higger Tor.

Remnants of the millstone industry at Burbage Edge.

Some of the edges were quarried to make millstones.

Millstones left after the industry died

The millstone quarrying industry died overnight and unwanted millstones can be seen lying where they were left generations ago.

A walker approaching Stanage Edge

My partner Sheila on the path up to Stanage Edge.

North Lees Hall. A great place to stay. Just below Stanage Edge.

A great place to stay is North Lees Hall. Reckoned to be the inspiration for Thornfield Hall in Charlotte Bronte’s, Jane Eyre. Just below Stanage Edge and above Hathersage it can be let from the Vivat trust.

All you’ll need then is some decent  footwear, waterproofs just in case, a packet of cheese and tomato sandwiches, a flask of tea and the Ordnance Survey maps to the White and Dark Peak.