Digital Photography and retirement have reignited a love of taking and making pictures. I've never felt a need to share before - but ease of computer access on Flickr seems to make it so convenient .... why not try? (Although I'm still daunted by the stunning quality of so many images posted here, day by day.)
I've always believed in encouraging people in their efforts by praising them, and that surely happens on Flickr - and it still feels good - giving and receiving, and above all learning from the example of the many excellent photographers.
Please see the "most interesting" Photo on Flickr -- www.flickr.com/search/?q=Most+interesting&ss=2&s=int It may not be there much longer.
Please see an "interesting" selection of my photos -- www.flickriver.com/photos/algo/popular-interesting/
I am proud to be a member of
Flickr's Best Landscape Photographers Group
Eye de-light -- a bit of Nonsense---
What is my photo style?
It's a question I never dreamed of asking: I see what I like and press the button.
So when someone called me a peddler of "Eye Candy", obviously meant in a derogatory way, I thought-Yes - that's a label I'll wear with pride.
But hold on - Candy? Did I want to be associated with something that should be taken in small quantities, and is probably bad for you?
So I cast around for an alternative. Eye Pleasuring? Eye Nourishment? Eye ....? And then Eye Delight occurred and it has grown on me.
First, "Delightful" is a term I often use as high approbation. To delight the eye seems a thoroughly good reason to take photographs.
Then it includes "light", which is crucial to my motivation in taking pics. "De" in local dialect is often used as "of", (rather like in French?).
And deeper still when spoken it can be taken for "I delight" - which is what I experience when taking photos, and is certainly my purpose as in - "I hope I delight some who view my photos".
So there we are. I've found my photo style: Eye de-light. I hope you agree that my pics go towards that.
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"I have seen algo's pictures for years now and it just keeps getting better and better. The colors, the texture and the composition knocks me out every time. Take the time to look through an amazing collection. You won't be sorry."
7th December, 2010
"Alex is a fine person, a gentleman, one of those
very special human beings we are privileged to meet
once in a while.
I wanted to write this Testimonial much earlier, as
I have been an admirer of Alex´s work for quite a while
now. Let us say, for the last 4 years. However I hesitated
because of language barrier and he deserves that only
the best is written about him.
However I decided not to be silent anymore and I am sure that Alex
will forgive a few mistakes that I might do, as English is not my mother tongue.
I love his photostream, his beautiful England, of
amazing landscapes and foggy, mysterious, atmospheric
sceneries, which are so charming to me.
I love his flowers, his colours, I love the way he sees
and pictures just every beauty surrounding him.
Besides, he has a most wonderful Set, showing the
most amazing work on hands.
It has been a pleasure to visit your stream, Alex and I
thank you for many moments of delight, while exploring
your special art.
28th October, 2010
"The colors are vibrant, the subjects are diverse, the compositions are inspiring. The only thing that all of Algo's photos share in common is that they make you say "wow". No other single word can describe the consistently high quality of the photos he's taken over the years and continues to take."
13th June, 2008
""algo" has this unique kind of eye for beauty, no matter whether it's about weather, landscapes or nature. Gain new insights by scrolling through this exquisite and quite magnificent photostream. Excellent work, well done!!!"
27th March, 2008
"Congratulations to your hundredth 100F photo in our group. An other confirmation that you are one of the absolutely outstanding photographer on flickr. I like your kind of critical and at the same time constructive feedback. It is like we know each other since a long time - like a real friendship.
23rd November, 2007
"For me Alex is one of the top photographers on flickr, his landscapes are just superb and the way he uses the light in them are stunning, and for that I put Alex as more of a photo artist that just a photographer, it has been a real privilege to have as a flick friend and contact, well don my friend keep the good work up."
3rd October, 2007
Treforlutions TreVizionz says:
"What was it that had me look through this man's stream at first visit and want to fave so many. I think it was the love, passion and joy oozing out of his pics that I could feel as I viewed his masterpieces.I was captivated from start to finish by the natural beauty he has captured and presents here so well for all who wish to venture into Alex's precious world."
19th September, 2007
"Alex uses his unique creativity and ingenuity to create a spectacle of colours and brilliant shots for many to be amazed by. He uses his amazing talent to create many magical almost dreamy settings as well as finding the beauty in his subjects."
7th August, 2007
Keri Leaman (birderkeri) says:
"Alex's work is simply breathtaking. Surfing through his photostream is a journey filled with awe and wonder. His skills even make me a bit jealous!"
22nd July, 2007
Matt Hughes says:
"It's guaranteed that if you browse through Alex's photostream, you will unearth some of the finest photos on Flickr. An incredibly talented photographer and one of the friendliest people on the site."
3rd July, 2007
Steve took it says:
"Alex, you take more photos that make me want to just dive through my screen and be in the magical location you captured than anyone I know. Thanks for all the wonderful mini-vacations I've had traveling through your photo stream!"
30th June, 2007
"Alex's stream is enchanting. Alex is a beautiful visionary of nature, he captures so much beauty and in that small rectangular box. Alex has a fantastic vision, a vision of a true photographer!
I consider Alex as one of the finest Gentlemen you will find on Flickr. He is funny, witty, articulated and intelligent. His images are a pure delight to view. When roaming through Alex's abundant stream you will cross images that will touch your heart or leave you appreciating the ture essence of the beauty of nature and the world around us!
Thank you for sharing your wonderful world with us Alex, it's certainly a humbling experience going through your stream! xxx"
4th June, 2007
* k i e says:
i consider him as my "guru" on photography.
he has so many magnificent photos, wonderful shots.
i'm so sure that i could learn much about photography from him.."
10th May, 2007
"The extensive testimonials on Alex's profile all attest to what is self evident to anyone that views his stream. The photography is compelling and enchanting.
You never let your fans down Alex, thanks for the wonderful imagery and kind words you so generously share."
2nd March, 2007
"Alex is one of the most generous and beautiful people I've met on this site! His photos, that he so kindly shares with us, are simply breathtaking exiting and heart worming!
Each morning, when I wake up and go through his stream, I find something delightful, that makes me smile and lifts my spirit and I consider it like a personal present (shared with hundreds of his other admirers).
But Alex not only a brilliant photographer, he is also a wonderful friend. His comments on my photos are so inspiring and encouraging!
If there was a way to fave an artist on Flickr, Alex will certainly be the first on my list!"
16th February, 2007
"your photos are beautiful! i am glad to have you for a contact........its like a gift everytime i see one of your pics! look forward to seeing more. thanks for sharing your works of art."
15th February, 2007
jon fobes says:
"For all his many talents and generous comments, the thing that continually blows my mind about Algo is his stunning landscape photography! What an inspiration! Keep up the great work!"
12th February, 2007
He said he is in retirement. But I don't think so!!
As far as I can see from his images here, he have put his resources, energy, drives, devotions, with his super fine Artistic eyes & brain, he is turning out most beautiful master pieces of art of the nature & lives.
I salute his love; caring & sharing attitude. I believed all the people on the worldwide webs would appreciate your superb images of art here like I do.
Your are a great imaging inspirer & motivator.
Thanks a billions my friend!!"
17th January, 2007
"I fully agree; would I have to choose ONE single photographer, it would be Alex... He's balm for my soul, beauty for my eyes and colour for my mind.
Alex, you are one of the kindest, warmest and most genuine people I have met on flickr.
You are sitting very close to God and you see the world with an eyesight coming pretty close to HIS look upon his creation... And you were obviously not far from HIM when HE did have a bit of spare time to work out the Beauty of the World! :)
Long may you delight us with your art! THANK YOU."
19th December, 2006
Andy Rush says:
"I've seen so many excellent images on Flickr but in my view the shots that Alex takes are absolutely outstanding."
17th November, 2006
"When I only have time to visit one photostream, I always choose Algo's."
9th November, 2006
Bev and Steve says:
"Gladly I join the throng of admirers. Alex gave me my first BRAVO nearly a year ago. I decided to check this guy's photostream out to see what that meant from him. I was astounded not only by the quality and breadth of photography, but also the sincere desire to get people talking about the whys and the whynots of all our images. Since then I have enjoyed the challenges he has put before us. For this I thank you Alex."
9th November, 2006
"Came to look at one picture, got well and truely hooked in to the high quality and interest of the pictures all around, so much to see and learn from. "Eye delight" indeed, we're spoiled by these galleries. A credit to the Flickr community, I hope I can produce work as good as this sometime!"
30th October, 2006
Heaven`s Gate (John) says:
"Some of the most beautiful and amazing photos are to be seen on this excellent photostream. Everyone will be able to learn to take better photographs after viewing these sets.
An inspirational Photographer who shares his wit and wisdom with other flickr users."
17th October, 2006
"Algo is a treasure himself. Not only are his photo works consistently among the best I have ever viewed, but his desire to nurture those of us who have recently stepped into this realm more appreciated than he can possibly imagine. His heart must be as warm and artistic as his talent. Thanks, Alex."
14th August, 2006
Girla Obscura says:
"What has nature been up to? This seems to be a question constantly on algo's mind. Whether it's sunbeams, raspberries, or harvesting fields, every aspect has a story to tell. And algo is able to capture it beautifully."
4th August, 2006
""Eye-delight"...what a wonderful word! (And how rude of the other photographer to criticize your work... jealous, probably.) We are all individuals in this world, with different opinions, tastes, and perspectives. You choose to show us the beauty of this world; there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. (If the other photographer chooses to focus on other goals, that's fine... Each of us photographers is free to do as he/she pleases....)
...And your photographs are a joy to look at. Your ample technical abilities aside, you choose a variety of subjects, many of them common everyday things, and present them in intriguing and beautiful ways. Your descriptions and background information only add to the enjoyment of your photos. It is clear that you love what you are doing, and love sharing your creations with others.
I look forward to seeing your wonderful photos on Flickr for a long time to come! :)"
16th July, 2006
"Whoa!! Amazing collection of pictures, I spend more than 30 minutes looking at you stream and am still undone, I'm honoured that you add me as one of your contacts:)"
1st August, 2006
"Alex´s photos are very special for me. Six months ago I knew flickr and I decided learning about photography. I chose about ten photographers whom I wanted to learn. Alex was one of them. I really admired his ability for compossing an image. Every photo seems to be spontaneous, but if you look at it thoroughly you´ll notice every detail is studied.
For since, his photostream is a indispensable daily visit. Thanks for everything I´ve learned from you, my friend!"
7th July, 2006
"I do something I usually don't: write a tesimonial. I took a quik trip ( more the 700 works!) in his stream and I found a lot of good things. Keep up like that "old" chap!"
25th June, 2006
Anima Fotografie says:
"Algo's eye for finding & capturing the miracle of light & it's interaction with the landscape he knows best is, in a word - inspirational."
23rd May, 2006
Christine Lebrasseur says:
"In french we said "On ne voit bien qu'avec le coeur" ("We does not see well that with the heart" by Saint Exupéry)
Your popularity goes hand in hand with your talent and is a proof that you are a great artist and that your cam is the prolongation of your heart and your soul...
Christine Lebrasseur, 3 Mai 2006"
2nd May, 2006
"Here is a collection of some of my all-time Flickr favorites. The colorful images and tremendous attention to detail are some of the things that keep me coming back. The incredible range of subject matter is inspiring, and teaches me to look for beauty and magic in everything. As a person, Alex is so kind and committed to supporting other photographers here and he makes the community an amazing place to be!"
26th April, 2006
Life of David says:
"Alex's photographs are a pleasure to view. He expertly captures the beauty and vibrancy of every subject he shares with us. The way he artistically presents scenes of nature are like a conducter directing a wonderful piece of music. I enjoy his work and am glad to view each new photo as it appears on Flickr."
22nd March, 2006
"i start the day with algos photos. there are so many other great photographers on flickr but i start with algo. he always amazes me and gives an impulse to see beauty."
26th January, 2006
"Visiting Algo's photostream is like visiting ......... an art gallery! Alex is a very talented artist-photographer who uses his camera like a painter uses a paint brush.
I am proud to count him as a friend and I am very inspired by his work of art!
12th January, 2006
"thanks for sharing your remarkable photos. From the note you had written me I guess you're a bit older than I am. In either case I hope to learn frome your incredible talent at any age
27th December, 2005
"There's little I can add to what others have expressed so eloquently about Alex's remarkable photographs, so just let me take this opportunity to bow to a master. Alex, your images are inspirational and exceptional and reflect consummate artistry. Few can match your wide range of interests and immense talent in showing us sunbeams, critters, barns, mist, pets, birds, landscapes and oh, that set of hands! We are blessed that you have chosen Flickr as the place to share your work and your vision."
26th December, 2005
Today is a good day says:
"It's hard to follow the words of Felicity and Phillip in their testimonial below - such true words.
I live just a few miles from Alex, the Chilterns around here are nice - but it takes a special eye, special talent and quite some dedication to consistently capture images like he does.
I've had my eyes opened to the beauty of the countryside around here and also learned a lot about the difference between a good photograph and a truly great one.
24th December, 2005
"How long is it going to take Alex to accept for himself that he is one of the top half dozen photographers on flickr - and as documenter of his environment probably one of the best in the world? I certainly rarely see anything of his everyday standard in any of the art books on England.
Some other testimonial writer said that Alex must live in heaven. No. The miracle is that he lives in the same world as the rest of us, but he sees things in a way that I will never be able to do, and captures them to a technical level that I can only dream of achieving."
10th December, 2005
" Dear Alex, your pictures always grab me, shake me ,and make me look a little harder. They are both a personl story and a universal one. WHO can not want to come to see your beautiful countryside after seeing it through Algo's eyes?! Thank you for the patient work of sharing your love of life - always with humor and humility. We do love you, dear man, for what you do and for who you are."
26th November, 2005
"I do not write so many testimonials but here goes number five.
Alex his photographs never stop to amaze me. He has the EYE, he observes nature, he must love nature. His recordings of the landscapes around him are timeless.
They say wisdom comes with age, mind you Alex also grows in his creativity.
His encouragement for others makes him a wise man.
It’s good to know you Alex.
25th November, 2005
Your photos are great, I will learn a lot from you. I am just begining to discover flickr. Thank you for leting me to meeting your pictures"
29th October, 2005
"I think Algo must live in a place like heaven. His garden is home to me through the magic of the web. What kind of sweet smelling dung must he use to grow such beautiful mushrooms?"
26th October, 2005
ღWild Lilyღ says:
" Alex is a super photographer. He got a brilliant talent as you can see that in his great pics. I love his compositions. Keep it up Alex & all the Best My Friend :)"
21st October, 2005
"his awesome landscapes are an inspiration..
wat strikes me are the colours and aweseme compositions making each landscape look so great !!
thanks for sharing and inspiring..."
19th October, 2005
"He might not have thought of himself as
a thoughtful photographer with an artist's eye,
when he first came here, but I hope he knows now!
One of the nicest "neighbors" on flickr,
I'm glad algo decided to show his photographs to us."
11th August, 2005
"Algo creates masterpieces of the natural world. I love looking at his photostream so my jaw can hit the floor. Simply amazing. He has a unique and creative eye for the natural world we all live in. Always a pleasure to visit his photos."
19th July, 2005
"Algo is a writer of colour, an artist of composition and a poet of the heart.
His words are few, but his photographs speak volumes."
19th July, 2005
"algo's nature images are consistently original, creative and remarkably beautiful. he has an incredible eye ~ one of the best i have ever seen. add that to his humble approach and you've got the best. it is an honor to know him."
26th June, 2005
Jeff Clow says:
"Alex is a photographer of the highest order...his shots are often brilliant and he sees so very well with his camera eye.
But what makes him stand out even more in this crowded Flickr world is his kindness toward others here....he comments tirelessly on other's work and touches people deeply with his words.
We are truly lucky to have him within Flickr...his presence here enhances the site for every one whom he encounters.
What a class act...."
14th June, 2005
"A great collection of spectacular photos"
19th May, 2005
- March 2005
- The Chiltern Hills, England
- I am: