After a long winter, spring finally came a few weeks ago, but now the skies have turned mostly grey again and the weather has become humid. I haven’t had much time to concentrate on my photos, but yesterday I caught several images in Highgate Wood, North London, while walking a friend’s dog. For a long time, I’ve taken an interest in black and white photography. I worked on yesterday’s images in GIMP (Levels, Color Balance, Saturation and Hue), then turned one of the originals into greyscale and concentrated on the contrast. Heady stuff.
Received this awesome review on my second novel EggHead, a psychological thriller set in the UK. Teen Fiction/Young Adult:5.0 out of 5 stars suspense in a grim northen landscape 17 Feb 2013By ***Format:Paperback
Egghead is a youngster stranded in a grey windswept northern seaside town. He got involved in something horrible three years before and has had to hide here. We get mysterious glimpses of the past in flashbacks. The scenes are vividly painted and the characters are gradually revealed. You’re kept on edge as the story races on. You can’t put it down. The atmosphere is dark and menacing, and you are swept forward to what seems an inevitable grim conclusion
Meanwhile, my debut novel Secrets is available from Amazon in paperback and e-book.
Check out the reviews for Secrets.
Newspaper article on author.
The warm, almost muggy temperatures remain but the weather itself has changed and the rain and grey skies have returned after a couple of weeks of sunshine.
Below are some photos I took at the weekend. (Highgate Wood, North London)
The warm weather continues with plenty of sunshine and daylight. Again, I took some photos on my way to work yesterday and edited them in GIMP later on in the evening. As usual, I selected one of the images to go into my black and white photography album, as I have a keen interest in black and white photography.
(Near Totteridge and Whetstone Tube Station, North London):
After months of cold and grey skies, the weather has taken a dramatic turn for the better with warm temperatures and lots of sunshine.
Below are some image shots I took on the way to work ( location, Totteridge Village, North London):
Like always, I couldn’t resist attempts at building up my black and white photography collection, and I edited several of the originals in GIMP, working in greyscale, then going on to use Levels and Contrast/Brightness.
Spring has finally come a bit later than usual, with warm weather and sun. And the difference the weather makes. London streets look cheerful rather than bland and grey.
I’ve been working on my third novel, a psychological thriller called Silent, and churning out pages of work. The novel, set in the Lancashire/Yorkshire borders, follows the story of pianist Gavin as he struggles to come to terms with a tragedy that took place five years earlier during his student days at the stately Harlesden Hall. The Hall had a disturbed past, and during Gavin’s brief stay there as a student, secrets from the past exploded, bringing about a devastating conclusion.
In the following section of the story, Gavin has returned to the area of Harlesden five years on and finds himself stranded and the target in a murder investigation:
I order another pint, then go out to look for him. Empty lanes. Fields and an evening sky with a setting sun, red like a fire. Towering hills in the distant, cairns, gates. Breeze. You can’t see Harlesden Hall from here, but I stare in the direction of the ruins anyway, scanning the horizon – and as I do, a cold feeling passes through me, a sense that madness and tragedy are about to strike yet again on those grounds.
Meanwhile, my other two novels – Secrets by Lawrence Estrey and EggHead - are available from Amazon in paperback and e-book.
Check out the reviews for my debut novel Secrets.
Newspaper article on author.
Most of the time, I blog about creative writing or black and white photography, but I’m also a professional musician, a classical pianist. I got my main music degree from Dartington College of Arts in Totnes, Devon, and did piano performance studies in London. As you will probably guess from the link, I prefer romantic composers like Chopin to classical, although I’ve performed the major Beethoven piano sonata.
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