Archive for the 'Photography' Category

How to bring water to Aix-en-Provence

[link] Saturday, September 13th, 2014


Breakfast in style

[link] Friday, September 12th, 2014


A fellow-guest at my hotel near Frankfurt.

Writing home

[link] Tuesday, August 26th, 2014


Or why iPads are useful when you’re a tourist.

Le Barroux

[link] Sunday, August 24th, 2014


One of the most picturesque towns in Provence (IMHO). Luberon hills in the distance.

The hitching post

[link] Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Guide post-blog

Norfolk, August 2014.

The Leica phenomenon

[link] Sunday, August 24th, 2014

naughton with leica

Photograph by Antonio Olmos for the Observer.

My Observer essay marking the centenary of the Leica camera.

I’m a photographer. No, let me rephrase that: I would like to be a photographer. In reality I’m merely an obsessive who takes lots of photographs in the hope that some day, just once, he will produce an image that is really, truly memorable. Like the images that Henri Cartier-Bresson captured, apparently effortlessly, in their thousands. Think, for example, of his famous picture of the guy leaping over a puddle; or the one of the two stout couples enjoying a picnic on the banks of the Marne; or his magical picture of a cheeky young boy carrying two bottles of red wine on the Rue Mouffetard in 1954. I like this last one particularly, because the lad in the photograph is about the same age as I was then and I often wonder if he’s still around, and what he looks like now.

You can think about this obsessiveness, this quest for the one perfect picture, as a kind of illness. If so, then I’ve had it for more than half a century. And I’m not the only sufferer…

Read on


[link] Sunday, August 24th, 2014


The Trinity porters must be the most-photographed officials in Cambridge.

The boardwalk

[link] Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Boardwalk to the sky-blog

Norfolk, this morning.

The Primrose Path

[link] Friday, August 22nd, 2014


Leads to Perdition (aka the End of Civilisation As We Know It).

Norfolk wide, not Broad

[link] Thursday, August 21st, 2014


Late afternoon at the RSPB Reserve at Titchwell. Panorama shot using iPhone5s.