Category Archives: Travel

My residence for over 5 years, place of marriage and birth of my son; this is the best city in the world, London.  A blast from the past in images.  I will be back next year for a visit! 

This is Battersea Power, an old decommissioned power source for London.  It just looks like a symbol of great power.  It’s one of my favorites sites along the Thames.

Camden Market – home of everything weird and obscure.

Canary Wharf – London’s business district.

St. Paul’s in the City of London.  Taken from Hampstead Heath.

Lloyds of London.

The London Eye.

A foggy night along Queens Walk with the London Eye hinting in the background.

Behind me as I took this was St. Stephens Tower (Big Ben) and Parliment.  Seems so serene for the insane hustle and bustle that was behind me!

I guess this would have been our local pub.  Just 50 or so steps from out flat on Canonbury Street, N12TA.

Another super early morning in London.  Look at those shadows!

London fog along the Thames.  I just love this image!  Classic London!

View from the Tate Modern.  By the way, all the museums in London are free.  Tate Modern; a place of inspiration for the creative.

On the south side of the Thames looking at Canary Wharf.

The Tower Bridge.

Trafalgar Square Underground

Battersea Power

Camden Market.  Need any goth stuff?

looking to see more?  see my gallery of London here

For the first time ever the 25th annual Venice Marathon will be going through St. Mark’s Square.. and Lifesessions will be there!  Well, kind of anyway.  Instead I’ll be on the front page of their website showing the world what St. Mark’s Square would look like at 4am.  I’m so proud they chose my photograph to market this special occasion.  You can check it out for yourself here: It will certainly be an amazing event in one of the coolest locations ever.  I wish I could go!!

Ahh, Venice

You’ll never see St. Mark’s Square like this.  No a soul in site, not even a pigeon!

We were up in Snitterfield visiting Joyce (Nanny) and finally getting some wedding stuff sorted out in near by Chipping Campden.  Leo loves visiting Nanny because she has a huge house and big television.  As soon as he entered he crawled into every room to check for cool toys, which really means he was looking for anything to put in his mouth or smash.  He evenutally found his blocks that he likes to stack or smash against the window (or Nannys new t.v.).  Boys…  I always wonder if we had a girl if they would somehow be different.  Maybe more reserved or mature and instead of banging blocks they would decorate, or something.  Whatever girls do.  It was an eventful weekend.  We ate Nanny’s great food, met up with the Vicar, organist, and photographer.    Here’s a couple photos from the weekend:



Saint James Church – Pretty Sweet, huh?


Layering a texture over an image can make a decent image into something really striking.  I love the raw, gritty mood it adds to these two images and will start to tinker with incorporating textures into my people images soon.  This would be a perfect match with some fall foliage images for some real crisp, yummy pics.  Adding a texture is to an image is simple; create a new layer over your existing image, paste your texture onto that layer and then play around with the opacity and layer type (overlay, soft light, multiply, etc.) to suit the image.  Check out Poser for some fantastic examples of using textures in portrait photography.  Also, flickr has some fantastic free textures uploaded by its users (located here and here).  I’ll be posting some of my own textures soon so stay tuned!  Here’s a couple of my creations.



Updated March 6th, 2009.  One of the key factors in photographing a texture is to use angled hard light.  As you can see, the first texture below was made using a diffused light source creating a very flat looking surface.  It’s got a nice gritty look that may work for some images.  The second example was taken during mid day when the sun was in full beam and angled at about 45 degrees from the wall. This combination creates those wonderful shadows that really help to make it “pop”.  Email me if you would like the larger versions of any of these.