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Welcome to (possibly) the new home of Deptford Visions. The WordPress install on the original site became irretrievably borked. Timely really, I got so bored nurturing WordPress (and I really do mean nurturing that PoS).

You can't even see the old site at - it broke. Six years of labyrinthine dependencies-&-not-quite-working-together plugins finally took their mangled toll.

Elsewhere, my (non photographic) blog is at which is also NOT WordPress.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy it and do leave me some love comments...


Walk in the fog

December 17, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

This morning it was foggy (misty?) by the River Mersey

Foggy River MerseyFoggy River MerseyWalk by the River Mersey 17/12/2016

View from the bridge over The Mersey. No ferry here...


The fog was heavier in some places rather than others.

Truncated railway bridge, person walking pastTruncated railway bridge, person walking pastWalk by the River Mersey 17/12/2016



Likewise the pylon

Pylons in the mist, Mersey Vale Nature ReservePylon in the mist, Mersey Vale Nature ReserveWalk by the River Mersey 17/12/2016



Anyway, enough of this Victorian painterly aesthetic. I prefer harsh. Like this truncated bridge... Something about the eyes! It is the opposite end of the truncated structure in the previous photo but one.

Barricade, bastion, defense? No. A truncated railway bridgeBarricade, bastion, defense? No. A truncated railway bridgeWalk by the River Mersey 17/12/2016

Sentinal bridge


Under the M60 bridge, things were less dreamlike. Or maybe not... Bad Bees

M60 bridge with sihouette and Bad Bees graffitiM60 bridge with sihouette and Bad Bees graffitiWalk by the River Mersey 17/12/2016

Bad Bees M60 bridge


Spiders' webs were showing clearly. This is f/2.8 with bonus not-so-creamy bokeh

Spiders' webs, M60 bridge, River MerseySpiders' webs, M60 bridge, River MerseyWalk by the River Mersey 17/12/2016



Likewise (f/2.8). Weeds. Dead Ragged Robin? Strands of spiders' webs too

Weeds, M60 bridge, River MerseyWeeds, M60 bridge, River MerseyWalk by the River Mersey 17/12/2016



The river is relatively quiet at the moment, but debris from flooding can be seen several metres above the current waterline (probably from last year). The debris seems to be mainly supermarket plastic bags, or maybe they just catch on the branches easiest. After a storm a couple of months ago, the river rose frighteningly quickly and the weir further down was flowing backwards, upstream! If The Dog had fallen in, nothing would have saved him from the torrent. Noisy too.

Flood debris, River MerseyFlood debris, River MerseyWalk by the River Mersey 17/12/2016

Debris, high water mark


Some things don't really change... Gorsey Bank Park, a former (seemingly unlamented) housing estate is being turned into an industrial estate... plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. It is still an estate, just with a different adjective (although technically it is becoming a "business park", obviously a step-up (lol) ie "The Aurora Business Park"). In between estates it was a park/open space.

Gorsey Bank Park, StockportGorsey Bank Park, StockportWalk by the River Mersey 17/12/2016

At the entrance to Gorsey Bank Park. Framed


Behind the wall, the next phase is underway. With some colourful graffiti not very colourful in this B+W shot...

Gorsey Bank building worksGorsey Bank building worksWalk by the River Mersey 17/12/2016

Gorsey Bank



Nikon D750, Nikkor AF-S 17-35 f/2.8

I particularly like the  Nikkor AF-S 17-35 f/2.8. It is good for people and places. It is getting rare to find one now - I don't think they are made any more. The 'fast' f/2.8 is being negated by higher ISO speeds in newer cameras, and some would argue the necessity of f/2.8 on such a wide-angle. Let's just say depth of field for when it is needed. It is also quite heavy, being built like a tank. These lenses have survived war-zones.

On a full frame camera though, I think it is almost perfect. But what do I know? (ooh, passive aggresive).

PP'd in a combination of Lightroom/Silver Efex 2 and Photoshop*. For some reason I didn't enable lens corrections, even though I have the profiles.

*Adobe software is the sole reason I have Windows (Win7) on a computer (even that is running in a virtual machine despite graphics card issues) . I know there are Linux alternatives but I have an archive going back to 2003 with non destructive edits.  I'll not touch Win10 (aka "Slurp" with a bargepole. However, I am slowly learning "Darktable" , a very capable FOSS alternative to Lightroom

Pushing The Boundary

January 25, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

These are some photos of Elina and her youngest child aged 3. Elina and her 3 children were 'temporarily' housed in this one room flat 18 months ago by Newham Council (they were living in the London Borough of Newham). The temporary housing is in Welwyn Garden City, approximately 20kms from the London Borough of Newham. More details can be found on Kate Belgrave's site 'This is how you and your kids can expect to live if you lose your home'

Elina's flatThree beds visible, one behind the photographer

Elina shares the room with her 3 children

HallwayThe front door is broken, there is no security

The hallway is full of children's buggys, there were just as many behind me. There is no space in the flats. The front door entry system is broken and buggys get stolen. At night people come in and drink and make noise on the stairs which is intimidating.

Elina and youngest

Elina and her youngest in their room.

Doll There was just enough space to show me her doll.

This is part of an ongoing series that Kate Belgrave is working on. Expect more...

Jobcentre Surreal

August 12, 2015  •  1 Comment

Here are some photos I shot at the Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group (KUWG) weekly action outside Kilburn jobcentre (they meet every Thursday, see the site for details).

The what?

Really? Kilburn Jobcentre takes the piss


The Jocentre Plus at Kilburn is having a laugh. Read more at Kate Belgrave asking what exactly are jobcentres for which happens to be about this particular jobcentre.

There is some surreal shit here too

Out of order Out of order...


Watching you

Watching me watching you


Kate has written about this remarkable group of people and the incredible help and support they offer, so do a search and read more.


Some of the KUWG

Some of the group


KUWG banner KUWG banner


And finally, just in case it hasn't clicked, read the following sign. It doesn't of course say who gets paid for the work, just 'making work pay'.  Which of course, sounds chillingly like a play on 'work makes free'

Making work pay... for whom?

Making work pay...


I'm thinking workfare, sanctions and the whole shitfest surrounding benefits at the moment. Really, they should put that sign over the door and be done with it.



Nikon D750, Nikkor AF-S 17-35 f/2.8, fill flash

Soup Kitchen, UK 2015

July 20, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Soup kitchen reality - The UK in May 2015.

The people dining and the workers were happy to have their photos taken during breakfast at a Weymouth soup kitchen


Soup kitchen user May 2015Soup kitchen user May 2015South Coast, UK


Soup kitchen user May 2015Soup kitchen user May 2015South Coast, UK


Soup kitchen user May 2015Soup kitchen user May 2015South Coast, UK


Soup kitchen workers May 2015Soup kitchen workers May 2015South Coast, UK


Background to the visit and photos can be found in an article by Kate Belgrave 'Social security and voting Tory'.


All photos taken with a Nikon D800E with a Nikkor AF-S 24-70 f/2.8, natural light (no flash), all ISO 3200, f/3.5, zoom between 58-70mm, speeds between 1/160 to 1/400 second ie:

1. 58mm 1/200

2. 66mm 1/160

3. 60mm 1/320

4. 62mm 1/400

No noise reduction, some minor post production and cropping in Photoshop.

Beached. Part 2,346,457 Of Many

July 18, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Still testing the Nikon D750 and where better than familiar places? Have sorted the metering and exposure compensation anyway.

Thames Path, just around the corner from The Cutty Sark. There is a little beach that becomes enormous when the tide is out. One of The Dog's favourite locations too! Mainly because of the half buried tyres which he pulls from the sand with brute force (example below). Think of those shoulder muscles. And teeth!

This post starts with blue and finishes with blue. Sand in the middle.


Mud and tiles





Sharp canSharp can

Sharp can/crown



Tyre half buried



Shadows and a view of the breakers yard behind


Nikon D750, Nikkor AF-S 24-70 f/2.8

Body Parts Missing

July 18, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Some old favourites from Nunhead Cemetery.

Armless and headlessArmless and headless

No arms, no head



No torso



Broken wings


Lucky to get anything really. I was testing a Nikon D750 and hadn't got it setup right. Spot metering and -1+1/3 EV exposure compensation. Ho hum...

All photos taken with an AF-S Nikkor 17-35 f/2.8

Crowded beach

May 24, 2015  •  1 Comment

Empty beachEmpty beachFishing for mackerel, West Bay, Dorset

West Bay, Dorset, UK

I seem to be taking photos of people fishing. These guys are fishing for mackerel.

Fuji X100, manual focus, f/11, 1/50 sec, ISO 200, ND filter


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