Take Ten is a project that started in the depths of our lockdown winter of 2020. Galleries, cinemas, cafes, shops were closed. Travel was restricted. Public facilities were shut. 

Thinking creatively with my friend, Lorraine, we came up with the idea of taking our cameras out with us on visits to quiet places. We would spend an afternoon immersed in our surroundings, taking time to notice and record our visual environment. Afterwards, we would select and share with each other our best ten photographs. 

We were drawn to places with water: a wood beside a loch, a harbour, a port, bridges, a river, a waterway, a beach. I made some excursions alone with my camera catching the cormorants on my local river walk and out at sea, the swans at the nearby estuary. 

The photo-journal spanning the ten months from November 2020 through to August 2021 also includes a spectacle of light walk that brightened the solstice darkness.

To the ten photographs in the ten places, I have added three lines of words. The collection follows the chronological sequence of the period.


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Preview Take Ten here.


We pick our way

along the path

of least resistance.


Ploughed earth


our path.