Well I never….

So, this is getting real. It’s less than a week until my next photography exhibition. The prints are done and ready and there’s no going back… I can’t wait (Ok, ok, I know, it’s just me showing off but hey, photography still rocks!)


And here’s a thought I’m going to leave you with, the small cluster of stars in the top of this image are The Seven Sisters, Pleiades (and not Ursa Minor as I’ve thought over the last 45 years… That’s embarrassing) and they’re 444.2 light years away which means that the photons I’ve captured in this image left the source 120 years before Stourhead was even imagined… that’s mindblowing!

The print should be in situ within the next few days and I’ll post here and on my Instagram account to keep you up to date @focalthingy if you’re not already there.



Shh! You’ll Wake The Neighbours…


“In a spiral galaxy, the ratio of dark-to-light matter is about a factor of ten. That’s probably a good number for the ratio of our ignorance-to-knowledge. We’re out of kindergarten, but only in about third grade.” – Vera Rubin 1928 – 2016

The night is clear, the stars a bright and this is just a sliver of the Milky Way but just in the top right of the frame there is another Galaxy, maybe 100 billion stars maybe more. but this humble photo is at best only 4% of what’s out there and here’s the good bit… It’s here too, this little pebble we call home is spinning through the universe at mindblowing speeds and every moment of every day the dark matter that Vera has predicted surrounds us. And here’s the really good bit, somebody alive today will observe it, measure it and prove its existence. That is a day I look forward to.

32 million miles away from yesterday Peeps!