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As anyone who knows me may attest, I have a particular aversion to having my photograph taken. The last photo of myself I actually like was taken when I cannot have been more than four and shows me sitting with my teddy. For the last thirty years, at least, I have strenuously attempted to avoid being caught in the line of fire wherever possible. Very occasionally, someone manages to catch me at a moment or from an angle which does not yield the usual hideous result. When such miracles occur, I might - just might - publish something here...

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Child

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Child

  September 10, 1970

To be honest, I don't know how old I am in this picture. But it's still my favourite picture of me.


In His Element

In His Element

Zermatt, Switzerland  February 03, 2004

Well, it's my site, and I choose the photos that get posted, so you can't blame me if I try to find one that makes me look vaguely cool.

I only started to ski when I moved to Swtzerland, and it's become something of a passion. I just can't get enough of it.

Oh, and yes, I did just come down that impressively steep mogul run behind me.


Christmas Portrait

Christmas Portrait

West Norwood, London, England  December 25, 2004

At last, a picture of me that I'm prepared to share with other people.


MTV Portrait

MTV Portrait

Geneva, Switzerland  August 20, 2005

So, I bought this new camera, and the first day I had it it rained all day, and I couldn't go out and take any pictures of the nice people in Geneva or the lake or anything like that - so I took pictures of myself in front of MTV. This is the one I liked the best. There were another thirty or so. And no, none of them had all my face in.


Inflight Self-Portrait

Inflight Self-Portrait

Over Northern France  August 25, 2005

I took this picture soon after I bought my new camera during the summer of 2005. In some ways, it sums up much of my life over the last few years...


Just Feel

Just Feel

Geneva, Switzerland  September 17, 2005

Continuing with the theme of partial self-portraits, here's me in front of a very beautiful model who may or may not be scratching my head.


In The Spotlight

In The Spotlight

Geneva, Switzerland  October 14, 2005

Yes, it's another picture featuring only part of my face. Actually, the pink tie is the real subject of this portrait.


Talk to the Hand

Talk to the Hand

Geneva, Switzerland  October 15, 2005

Here's one with my whole face in it.


The PO Reflects

The PO Reflects

Zermatt, Switzerland  February 18, 2006

Two years on, another picture from Zermatt. Perhaps the scariest self-portrait I've ever taken.