Paul Cunningham


A photograph, and particularly a black and white photograph, relies on the juxtaposition and interplay of light and shade to achieve balance and harmony in it's composition. To these two dimensions of light and shadow, a third can be added, that of time. Cartier-Bresson demonstrated the significance of the “decisive moment” - the importance of the photographer’s choice of the precise moment of exposure. Equally, the choice of exposure duration is also an important tool. A short exposure can freeze the spray from pounding waves and a long exposure capture the movement of clouds in the sky, of water or of leaves on the trees.

Edward Abbey the novelist and environmentalist said:-

“Our job is to record, each in his own way, this world of light and shadow and time that will never come again exactly as it is today.”

My photographs are an attempt to do exactly that and I hope you enjoy them.


Portencross, Scotland

Black Rock Cottage, Glencoe

Passing Storm, Glencoe

Etang de Soustons, Aquitaine

Coming Ashore

Troon, Scotland