I love photography, (film and darkroom printing in particular), philosophy (I’m a PhD philosophy candidate) and walking the Marches and the Welsh hills with my dog and a camera, whether it be a 35mm or a 7×5 large format one.

My dog ‘Badger’ – never very far from my side.

I do not wish to hold myself out as an expert in darkroom-based photography.

Some have spent more than 30 years honing their darkroom skills – these are the experts. This site is more of a notebook to myself, recording my progress in film photography and darkroom work. If anyone finds anything of value here, then that’s pleasing. In these pages I share the frustrations and minor successes that I have had in trying to get to grips with the craft of darkroom printing.

My photographic influences are many, across a wide range of genres, styles and subject matters. Singling out a few is difficult but I find the work of Eugène Atget, Paul Strand, Josef Sudek, Dorothea Lange, Fay Godwin, Sally Mann, Wright Marion Morris, Raymond Moore and Andrew Sanderson particularily thought-provoking.

Hereford Cathedral, © Tony Cearns, Ilford HP5 developed in Pyrocat HD printed on Ilford MGWT, scanned from print.

In my photographic journey I am reminded of a quote by Marcel Proust:

A voyage of discovery is not seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes

Hence ‘Sideways eye’

Some of my work can be seen here.