When my wife and I came to Philadelphia six years ago, I began to walk around the city, without any plan, taking pictures of people I came across. This has now mushroomed into an ongoing photographic project I'm calling Philly Nilly.
As the name suggests, it's a fairly haphazard collection of images, simply showing people going about their daily lives — absorbed in work or play, chatting with friends, gazing at something that moves them, daydreaming, or perhaps just striking a pose I find interesting. They are, almost always, candid snaps taken on the fly. Very few of my subjects even knew I was taking their picture. In this way I'm hoping to capture the private spaces that people make for themselves when they're in public places.
Initially I focused on the Italian Market near our house. Now, more often, I'm roaming in Center City, and occasionally, beyond. Before coming to Philly I did similar photo projects in England, over a period of 12 years, shooting on the streets of London and at nearby "banger" races (rough-and-tumble old car races on a dirt track). Samples of my most recent photos and the Italian Market project can be viewed through the tabs at the top of this page. Self-published books I assembled from some of these photos are presented at the Books tab.
I work almost entirely in black and white. For a long time I mainly shot film, usually with an old Rolleiflex dating from the 1950s. Recently I've switched to digital photography and abandoned my darkoom for a digital printer. Because I can now generate prints much more easily, many of my photos are now available for purchase, through the Prints tab.