My name is Alex

I'm a designer, writer and photographer from the North, with a penchant for unruly facial hair and obnoxiously loud motorcycles.

This is where I share my thoughts on software design, product management and some of my favourite photographs. You'll find a confusing cacophany of all of that stuff below...

The Maldives

It was my love's 40th birthday this year, so I treated her to a week on a desert island in the Indian Ocean. After a gruelling eighteen months, we were...

Chickens of Pickering

Most people said we were mad to go camping on the last weekend of October. They were probably right. But we did get to meet a few feathered critters at...

Monkeys of Dorset

If you ever get the opportunity to visit Monkey World - the ape rescue and rehabilitation centre on the South coast of England - I'd definitely recommend it, although probably...

Jurassic Coast

If I hadn't driven there myself, I'd have sworn I was in the South of France. It was about 28°c outside, so we chose to spend the day roasting in...

The Road Home

I can't recall exactly where this was taken, but it was somewhere along the A66 on our way back from the Lakes Distillery near Bassenthwaite, Cumbria.

Alpacaly Ever After

If there's a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than feeding a herd of Alpacas in the Lake District, I don't want to know what it is.

Venice

After the first wave of lockdown came to an end, we took the gamble and booked a week in the beautiful city of Venice to satisfy our itchy feet.

Omaha Beach War Cemetery

My second stop today was quite overwhelming; no photograph I could take would ever do it justice. The American War Cemetery at Omaha Beach, where more than 9,000 servicemen are...

Mont Saint-Michel

Just when I was beginning to think the west coast of France was mind-numbingly dull (which it is, to be honest) it serves up Mont Saint-Michel, a tiny medieval island...

Monaco

The seventh leg of my solo motorcycle tour across Europe brought me to Monaco, the second smallest country in the world. The day did not go according to plan.

Stein Glacier

Day six of my solo motorcycle tour across Europe brought me to the Stein Glacier, a 5km river of ice terminating in an almost fluorescent pool of turquoise melt water....

Mount Pilatus

The fifth leg of my solo motorcycle tour across Europe brought me to Pilatus 'The Dragon Mountain'; a massive hill towering some 2,128m above Lucerne in the Swiss Alps.

Klimsenkapelle

The fifth leg of my solo motorcycle tour across Europe brought me to the Klimsenkapelle 1,864m above sea level at Klimsenhornjoch on the Pilatus massif, Switzerland.

Staubbach Falls

The fourth stop on my solo motorcycle tour across Europe brought me to Lauterbrunnen, a cute little village wedged within a rocky cravasse, deep in the Swiss Alps.

Gelmerbahn Funicular

After Lauterbrunnen, the third leg of my solo European motorcycle tour brought me to the Gelmerbahn Funicular a cable railway in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland.

Brienzersee

The third leg of my solo motorcycle tour across Europe brought me to Lake Brienz in the Interlaken region of Switzerland. It is one of my favourite places on Earth...

Mont Blanc

The second leg of my solo motorcycle tour across Europe brought me to Chamonix a busy little ski resort at the foot of Mont Blanc.

Lake Annecy

The first stop-over on my solo motorcycle tour across Europe brought me to Lake Annecy in the Haute-Savoie region of France. I didn't stay for long, as I still had...

The Devil's Pulpit

Hidden away, North West of Glasgow, on the road to Loch Lomond lies a 100ft deep gorge called The Devil's Pulpit (also known as Finnich Glen).

The Old Man of Storr

When I first arrived at The Old Man of Storr, it was shrouded in mist and I wasn't sure if it'd be worth the trek from the tiny muddy car...

Neist Point Lighthouse

I didn't have time to take the stroll down to Neist Point Lighthouse but the view of it from the cliff's edge was stunning enough.

Eaten Alive

I came across this handsome fella on the road to Neist Point Lighthouse on the Isle of Skye. He came straight across to me as I approached, and graciously posed...

The Fairy Glen

I don't know if the landscape of the Fairy Glen is natural or man-made, but there's something really odd about its unnaturally terraced hillsides. I chose the wrong time of...

Glen Etive

I spent the first night of my roadtrip along the west coast of Scotland by the banks of Loch Etive, a tidal loch in Argyll & Bute. I found a...

Corpach Shipwreck

Also known as the Old boat of Caol, the Corpach Shipwreck is a bit of a hidden gem just a few miles North of Fort William in Scotland. The best...

Glencoe

The first day of my roadtrip up the West coast of Scotland brought me to the iconic wee white house of Glencoe, the Lagangarbh Hut. While it's certainly not worth...

Bangkok at Night

If you ever have the opportunity to experience Bangkok night life from the top of a skyscraper, you absolutely should. We took the opportunity to have cocktails at Bangkok's exclusive...