You know when you do stuff and the instant you do it you know you shouldn’t – well, I bent down to pick up one of the fruits that had fallen – oops! It was just one of things – no real hassle in my case, as my daughter was on hand with a pair of tweezers and quickly pulled the needles from the tips of my fingers, but I can imagine circumstances might be a little different if I had happened to be a little one.

—Stephen G. Hipperson

Stylised Fish

It’s not often I see something which I’ve never noticed before – these stylised representations of fish gave me cause to pause a while. I’m quite sure these are not particularly unusual, but it’s something I’ll keep a look out for in future. I quite like the simplicity.

–Stephen G. Hipperson—

‘Sea of Steps’

Frederick H Evans is one of my photographic heros, priniciply down to his architectural photography work. One of his most famous photographs is called Sea of Steps, taken at Wells Cathedral – the steps to the Chapter House. This fact was nowhere in my mind when we visited Wells Cathedral in October, you can guess my reaction when I turned the corner to see these steps – instant recollection from nowhere is a powerful drug.

I could only grab a snap of the steps which were the subject of his work – I didn’t have the right lens, I didn’t have a tripod, there were tourists wandering up and down the steps, I was in the way, I couldn’t get the right angle and they have a hand rail in the wrong place. All the excuses in the book. Nevertheles, it was great to see the steps in real life.

As an aside, I was privileged to handle some of the beautiful images he produced during my studies of photography. It’s difficult to describe the beauty of them, the delicacy of the toning of his platinum prints was awesome.

—Stephen G. Hipperson—

Lava Tube


One of the tourist attractions on the outskirts of Ponta Delgada is the Gruta do Carvao, which is an old lava tube.  I found it quite interesting and a complete contrast to the many water made cave systems I’ve visited.   This photo has been ‘recovered’ using some extensive photoshop manipulation – at the very moment I wanted to use the pop-up flash on my Canon 80D it decided it didn’t want to work.  I tried in vain to find some obscure control in the menu system but with no luck.   When we returned home I had to send my camera off to Canon for repair…. and of course it was out of warranty!