Rowntree Park Cafe / Lodge House – York Architectural Photographer

I was recently commissioned to photograph this rather attractive building in York’s Rowntree Park. Rowntree park is my local park and I feel incredibly lucky to have it so close. It was opened in 1921, designed by Fred Rowntree and W.J Swain as a memorial to the workers of Rowntree who fought in The Great War.

The Rowntree family had a significant impact on York’s architecture and this is just one of the many examples to be found all over York.

The University of York, Heslington East Campus – Architectural Photography

A second visit to York University’s new Heslington East Campus. If you’ve visited York you’ll know the abundance of historic buildings we have here. So these contemporary buildings boast a stark contrast. I love new buildings almost as much as I love old buildings. In fact I love any building with strong architectural merit.

If you haven’t paid a visit to Heslington East yet, then I strongly suggest you do. There’s such a variety of buildings, all of them quite different, yet all of them tied in with each other to give the campus a real sense of unity.

University of York

University of York

University of York

The Sarojin, Thailand – Photography for Hotels, Holiday Homes and B&B’s


It’s tough shooting in environments like this, the humidity means that anything you take from inside to out (as is common when shooting property) will steam up and be unusable for up to an hour. The mosquitoes at dusk and dawn, make waiting for the light a painful experience and the intense heat makes lugging all the gear around much more of a chore than normal.

Fortunately a dip in the pool soon makes up for all the irks and in reality this kind of thing is more than a joy to photograph.





York Floods September 2012 – Urban City Photography Yorkshire

The last week in September saw the highest river level in the Ouse for 12 years. Damage to properties was pretty much limited to those known to be at risk of flooding during exceptionally high river levels. York’s flood defences are designed to cope with the river at these heights but there are still a number of homes and businesses that were inundated with water and I’m sure for those effected it was a very difficult few days.

I took a couple of walks around the city to document what was happening.

Skeldergate contains quite a number of river front flats. Nice views of the waterfront and all that. Most of them have car parks underneath which flood a few times a year meaning everyone has to move their cars elsewhere. Usually that’s the only inconvenience and occasionally in higher floods they have to use gangways to access their flats. The height of the river this time meant they were completely cut off with the gangways underwater. If you were in, then you were stuck if you weren’t then you’d be needing somewhere else to stay for a few nights. I also counted 4 cars in the various garages here so owners obviously hadn’t been able to move their cars in time and were up to their roofs in water.

The Millennium bridge in Fulford was cut off at one end meaning a 3 mile round trip for cyclists and walkers needing to cross the river Ouse here. On the plus side the high water does allow for reflections not normally possible.

The A19 at Fulford under a couple of foot of water. This is one of the major roads out of York and its closure caused considerable traffic chaos throughout the city.

Skeldergate from a side street. There should be a road in the foreground

There are many lamps at various levels of submersion. Shame they couldn’t be turned off to save a bit of electricity as I doubt the ducks have much use for their light.

Walk past these houses on Friars terrace on a sunny afternoon and you would probably think they are among the best houses in the city. I don’t know if they were flooded this time as access was impossible but they certainly looked precarious

A drain attempts to swirl up the retreating floodwater on Alma Terrace

The River Foss is protected from flooding by the Foss Barrier which pumps out the water from this basin into the Ouse to prevent flooding from this normally canal like river.

From Clifford’s tower’s mound you can see the flooding on tower street and in the distance St George’s field car park

Clifford’s tower developed a moat

Ouse bridge (the location for the feature shot) makes a great place to view the floods from

Kings Staith in flood including the famous ‘Kings Arms’ pub which is well used to a watering from the Ouse

From the other side of the Ouse bridge these waterfront building usually have a less prominent riverside view

Ron Cooke Hub – University of York – Architectural Photography

Part of the University of York’s expansion into their Heslington East Campus, this flagship building is the Ron Cooke Hub. At a cost of £20million its purpose is to provide a gathering place for students, lecturers and the public to meet and share ideas.

This time of year, with most of the students on holiday, makes it far easier for me to get the shots without having to avoid loitering students.