Upwardly retail

This is not your average set of stairs in a shop. The Brewer Staircase, which opened in 1916,  is found in furniture store Heal’s in the West End of London. Its dizzyingly hypnotic, elegantly illuminated spirals are a whirl of geometric wonder. Needless to say, it has been photographed endlessly, but this was not enough to stop me from capturing it myself. From lying flat on the floor at the base of the stairway to moments of vertigo at the top, this was an assignment to match Greenwich’s beautiful Tulip stairs.

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Heal & Son

Gallery entrance

Salad days

Crisp, crunchy, succulent and juicy. Warm summer days make cool salad a welcome meal which doesn’t involve the heat of cooking. With their colours, shapes and intricate structures, these tasty friends are a joy to photograph on their journey to the salad bowl. This was a home shoot with an upside – plenty to eat for days to come.

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Welcome to Facebook

I have finally created an official Facebook page for mikeosbornphoto. I resisted for years, using my personal feed to share photographs and blog posts. The change of heart came when I realised the benefits of a ‘proper’ page – you can schedule posts, check the performance of your page (much the same as analytics on WordPress) and tap into the vast numbers of Facebook users who are interested in photography.

I know that some of my regular photographer and WordPress friends also maintain Facebook pages for their work. Do you as well? Well this is an opportunity for us to ‘like’ each other and connect on Facebook. It’s very useful to have as much outreach on social media which is so busy with people wanting to be seen and heard.

If you have a moment to come by, simply click the button below. It would be a pleasure to see you and of course return to compliment. It’ll be back to the photography very soon – that’s why we’re all here, isn’t it?


The walled island

Canvey Island lies in the Thames estuary in my native county of Essex. Its history was scarred by a devastating flood in 1953 which claimed 58 lives and led to the construction of miles of protective high sea walls.

I returned recently having visited relatives there as a child, but this was my first taste of Canvey’s walls and waterfront on a warm, humid summer’s day. It was full of daytripping families, some local voices peppered with Eastern European migrants. The painted walls tell the story of 1953 against the backdrop of amusements and cafes selling ice-cream and burgers.

The estuary landscape is stark but beautiful, with the crowds of people adding colour and life to photographs. It’s a place of both symmetry and the unpredictability of life.

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Canvey Island sign

The Photo Shop


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