About the Book
In the first part of the book I have described a journey from Bristol England to Lisbon an a small motorcycle in 1959. Thirty years later we made the first of several visits, but in the comfort of a modern auto. There was the danger that we would be disappointed, but in fact we saw - at least inland - that Portugal had not changed that much, even up to the late 90s. Naturally we avoided the seaside resorts in Portugal's tourist attractions. The early images are black and white, made in a plastic camera while the later images are in color and B&W, made in professional cameras.
Born in 1925 in Grimsby, England I soon showed artistic aptitude and won a scholarship to study graphic design – studies disrupted by the war, and service in Royal Air Force. After the war I worked on missiles and the Skylark research rocket. In 1972 I was offered a job in the German Aerospace Research Organization, the NASA of Germany. The change of life-style in Bavaria triggered me to take photography seriously, making close-ups of Alpine flowers for my wife. This developed into a fascination for detail and still life, as well as landscapes, making images featured in my exhibitions and several books. We made many journeys around the Greek islands, France, Italy, Spain & Portugal, shooting literally acres of film. I have often said that if a motif presents itself suddenly ‘out of the blue’, I see it intuitively as a graphic image or some abstract design – a reaction difficult to describe and almost impossible to teach others. I photograph anything that stands or moves, or moves me.