Feature in Professional Engineering Magazine

    The Professional Engineering Magazine or PE as it brands itself is the magazine of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers of which I have been a Member for many years. There is a section in PE for articles about hobbies, careers, ideas, etc called Engineering Extras, and in this section under the banner of “My engineering hobby…” this month there is a piece about my macro photography of insects and the focus stacking rig that I built to take the images. The article is titled Putting Insects in Focus, and was based on information I sent them about my focus stacking project; the article  is very nicely written as if it were an interview. I am well pleased!


    “Differing Viewpoints” – Exhibition in March

    From Tuesday 7 March to Thursday 16 March 2017 at the John Bowen Gallery in the Town Hall at Malmesbury, Wiltshire I will be exhibiting my photography alongside the painting, and assemblage of my wife Maureen Hawkridge and our friend Alison King  – we are three exhibitors whose works are quite different in content and style.

    The work that I shall be exhibiting is a look beyond the surface appearance of the subject to reveal the beauty in modern structures and other forms. My colour images are abstracted from their context to form interesting compositions; images of modern office buildings reveal enigmatic geometric shapes and patterns; details from a 1950s American car captures the lines and shapes so evocative of that era. I am also showing some images of Canary Wharf that are in monochrome, concentrating the mind on the shapes, lines and textures of the structures.

    Maureen’s paintings capture moments that inspired her, from evocative scenes of Venice to boats and seascapes. She chooses subject matter with strong underlying forms using these to structure her pictures. Her paintings are also about an emotional reaction to what is seen and she tries to capture that essence so that it can be experienced again later and to communicate a sense of atmosphere as well as a pleasing balance of form and colour. Besides painting, she assembles driftwood sculptures of birds and nautical scenes, searching for interesting shapes of driftwood that suggest the sculptures which they might become.

    Alison has evolved a unique and personal representation of her experiences and memories, using graphic imagery to create a theatrical effect. Many of Alison’s pictures are a celebration of life, and of the diversity of people. Others are about a particular location, which appears almost like a stage set where something is about to happen. The graphic elements such as circles, arcs and ribbons which often appear in Alison’s work are a framework to set off the main images.

    Exhibiting for the first time in the same gallery space Maureen, Mike and Alison will show you their differing viewpoints on the world about us.

    I hope you can come and look.

    Tuesday 7 March to Thursday 16 March 2017

    John Bowen Gallery, Town Hall, Malmesbury SN16 9BZ

    Monday to Thursday 9:00 to 4:45;   Friday 9:00 to 4:15, Saturday 10:30 to 4:30;  Closed on Sunday

    Free Admission


What’s it all about?

Here are my jottings about my photographic projects and activities. I have been working on a focus stacking macro photography rig. There are quite a few posts about that. In addition I write about other photographic activities as and when!


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