I recently had a great fortnight working in Paestum, in the province of Salerno, Italy.

Paestum was a Greek city on the coast of the Tyrrhenion Sea before being conquered, first, by the Lucanians and then the Romans. The city was abandoned in the early middle ages and was left forgotten until the eighteenth century.

The ancient city has three large Greek temples still standing and many other artifacts from its history with a museum, the Paestum National Archaeological Museum, dedicated to the city.

The modern town of Paestum is now a popular seaside resort, however during the winter months this becomes practically abandoned. These photographs contrast, or not, the differences between the modern and ancient Paestum.


Updated Website

As it’s a new year, well almost, I’ve been giving my website a bit of a tidy up and new look.


It’s been 6 years since the original website went up and I thought it was time to give it a bit of attention. The new look is more in keeping with the blog and to be honest I found the dark look of the old one a bit depressing. I’ve also removed some of the excess pages from the old site to concentrate more on my core work within the cultural heritage sector.

Feel free to have a look, and if you find any glaring problems please let me know.

All the best, Colin.



Just spent a very pleasant week working at the Museo de Artes Costumbres Poplares de Sevilla. A beautiful museum in the grounds of Parque de Maria Luisa. Below are a few pictures of the Museum and park furniture with added details of the Metropol Parasol at the Plaza de la Encarnacion (the modern structure).


A bit of an update

It’s been a few weeks since I last updated this blog so I thought I’d start with a picture taken earlier in the year entitled, “You’re not a goldfish”. Great fun taking the pictures, especially when the family of walkers came past.

You're not a goldfish
You’re not a goldfish

It’s been a busy few weeks doing some installation photography, delivering a colour management lecture to digital humanities students at UCL and training students and staff to use the equipment at their new digitisation suite. Also spent a couple of days with some colleagues from the Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography (AHFAP) at the Museum Associations 2013 conference in Liverpool to promote good photographic practise encompassing capture, output, preservation and image asset management. Thanks to all those who stopped and had a chat and I hope we were helpful.

Had a great day at the AHFAP conference at Tate Modern. I only managed the morning session due to work commitments but really enjoyed the presentations by Sarah Saunders on the role of the photographer and metadata in heritage workflow, Gwen Jones of the Centre for Heritage Imaging and Collection Care (CHICC) at the John Rylands Library talking about the use photography to investigate rare manuscripts amongst other work they carry out and Maureen Pennock from the British Library who spoke about short and long term preservation of heritage content.

I’m now getting back to sorting out some material for the new AHFAP eResource site which should be up and running early next year and doing tests to improve colour and tone reproduction in the photography of flat copy works. Should have something sorted out soon.


Monochrome prints

I’ve been spending the last week sorting out a small set of monochrome prints for an office installation and thought I’d share a few of them here. There’s no theme or any loose connection between the pictures except they were moments in time I happened to see, and lucky enough to photograph and I’d like to think they all work individually in there own right.

Recontres d’Arles Discovery Award 2013

Congratulations to Rozenn Quere and her co-contributor Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh for winning the Recontres d’Arles Discovery Award 2013 earlier this month with their series “Possible and Imaginary Lives”.

Rozenn worked with me at the National Gallery for a while whilst she was a student in Paris and it’s good to see she is still working successfully.

If you want any information regarding the Recontres d’Arles Festival please follow the following link:



Ski resort Les Contanimes, France.
Ski resort Les Contanimes, France.
Olympic Stadium, Stratford.
Olympic Stadium, Stratford.

A couple of panorama’s produced using Photomerge and some handheld images taken with a compact camera. The first is from Les Contanimes, France. The second is from an evening at the Paralympic games last summer. I’ve used photomerge in the past to produce giga pixel images of works of art under strict lighting and exposure conditions  but thought I’d produce a couple of images using some quick hand held images to see how well it works.

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