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...

Krabi Elephant Sanctuary

My day at the Krabi Elephant Sanctuary was probably one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. The people who run the sanctuary are amazing, and the animals are...

Wihan Luang

As part of our temple tour, we visited Wat Phra Singh in the old city centre of Chiang Mai, Thailand. It was originally built in 1345 to house the remains...

The Dragon Steps

Hmong children in traditional dress sit on the Dragon Steps at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a 630 year old Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai Provence, Thailand.

Doi Inthanon

We took a break from the oppressive heat of the city to visit the twin pogodas atop Thailand's highest mountain, Doi Inthanon in the National park of the same name,...

Muay Thai in Chiang Mai

A trip to Thailand was never going to be complete without seeing a proper Muay Thai fight night. We'd originally planned to catch a fight in Bangkok (the capital of...

Whitworth Hall Deer Park

It was my birthday and we were at a loose end, so we decided to visit Whitworth Hall Deer Park in County Durham to feed the fawns and watch the...

Hallstatt

My second solo motorcycle tour across Europe brought me to Hallstatt, a famous little 16th century village buried in the Salzkammergut mountains, around 45 miles East of Salzburg.

Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr & Eguisheim

Day three of my motorcycle tour across Europe brought me to Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr & Eguisheim - three perfectly preserved medieval villages in the Alsace region of France.

Scrambling Across Europe

And so the journey begins; approx. 4,000 miles across 10 European countries on my trusty air-cooled Triumph Bonneville Scrambler. From Northern France to the Plitvička Jezera National Park in Croatia....

Leiden

As my first motorcycle trip across Europe came to an end, the final leg brought me to Leiden, a gorgeous little city in the Netherlands about 30 miles Southwest of...

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Day six of my first solo motorcycle trip across Europe brought me to the beautiful walled town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber in northern Bavaria.

Clervaux to Colmar

Day three of my first solo motorcycle trip across Europe took me from Clervaux in the North of Luxembourg to Colmar a beautiful medieval town on the Franco-German border.

Bruges to Clervaux

On day two of my first solo motorcycle trip across Europe, I travelled across Belgium and through the Northern tip of the Ardennes National Park to Clervaux, a gorgeous little...

Amsterdam to Bruges

Day one of my first solo motorcycle trip across Europe took me from Amsterdam, through the Netherlands to Bruges in North East Belgium. This was the first time I'd ever...

Shag on a Cliff

A lone European Shag stands watch over it's nest on the Farne Islands. Shot on Kodak Ektar 100 using an old Leica M6 and vintage Leica 35mm Summilux.

Darren & Lois' Wedding

A few of the shots I took at a friends wedding. Shot on Ilford Delta with my Leica M6 and the superlative 35mm Summilux. Hand processed.

Tyne Bridge

A couple of shots to test my Leica M6 and 50mm Summicron. Shot on Kodak Portra 160 and hand processed. Love these colours.

Druridge Bay Country Park

Reed bed at Druridge Bay Country Park. Shot on Ilford FP4 with an old medium format Rolleiflex 2.8GX TLR. Hand processed.

Bike on the Tyne

Bicycle on the Tyne. Shot on Ilford Pan F Plus 50 with an old medium format Rolleiflex 2.8GX TLR. Hand processed.

Emo Horse

Meet Emo Horse, the most misunderstood of all equidae. He’s melancholy because he can’t paint his hoofs black. Struggles with a brush, you see.

Tynemouth Lighthouse

Tynemouth lighthouse across some interesting stone carvings. Shot on Fuji Acros 100 with my Mamiya RZ67. Hand processed.

He who dares

Lonely Reliant Robin parked at New Hartley. Shot on Fuji Acros 100 with my Mamiya RZ67. Hand processed.

Stampy

Stampy, the impossibly cute King Charles Spaniel. Shot on Kodak Tmax 100 with my Leica M6 and 50mm Summicron. Hand-processed.

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is a beautiful city, especially in black and white. Shot on my Leica M6 + 50mm Summicron on Kodak T-Max 100. I used an orange filter to help them...

Farewell Nocticron

I wish I could say it was fun while it lasted, but my short tenure with the Panasonic Leica DG 42.5mm f/1.2 Nocticron prime lens was a quagmire of bitter...

Plant

Other than a slight crop and dust/scratch removal, this is straight out of camera. Loving these Ektar colours! Taken with my Leica M6 + 50mm Summicron on Kodak Ektar 100....

Nocticron Test

First test shot with the Panasonic Leica DG 42.5mm f/1.2 Nocticron from my desk at work. Good first impression.