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I prefer to photograph cities and the sense of isolation that, at times, touches those who inhabit them.

Looking for David Bowie in a divided Berlin of 1977 was the beginning, followed by a decade of annual trips, gradually edging downtown, to witness the constant change of New York City.

Journeys to Italy, to build a collection of 150 images of 'Le Grandi Citta' Italiane' (The Great Italian Cities), have included  the experience of life in a 'sasso' in Matera, the small city which featured in Carlo Levi's account of his time in that impoverished region during the 1930s as recounted in his book, " Christ stopped at Eboli",  the terrible shadowing of the Forcella, the "mafia hotspot" area of Naples  and, most recently,  walking in the ever dark, web-like caruggi of Genoa.

Inspired by Bowie's single 'Where are we now?', I returned to Berlin in 2013 searching for lost time and finding that, thankfully, freedom no longer ends at Bernauer Strasse. Alas, my last trip to the city was taken a week after Bowie's sad demise, belatedly finding his old apartment on Hauptstrasse.

8 days in Japan, the land of  the quiet voice , amidst the tranquil civility of the super city of Tokyo provided the chance to produce some of the gentlest urban photographs. A return to Japan enabled Nagasaki to show me what can happen when we make the wrong choices; whilst  Kyoto becalmed with its matted ground, and where 3 hours spent at Shibuya Crossing amidst the dizzying syncretic flamenco of Tokyo fashion produced a selection of black and white portrait shots.

New York 2016 : a selection of galleries hold the latest images from my return to the cirty after 10 years to see the increasing gentrification and, sadly for the visitor, the city losing some of it's vital edginess. 

I live in Sheffield with my wife Ros 

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13/05/2017

 

Updated with images of Tokyo Shibuya Crossing on 25.01.2016

Updated with images of Rome and the Museo dell'altro e dell'altrove on 2.05.2016

Updated with images of Paris at the Summer's end on 5.11.2016

Updated with images of New York 2016 on 30.03.2017

Updated with images of Lisbon in 48 hours on 12.05.2017