Rainbow over the N2 cuttings
We’d just had a squall of winter rain when the late afternoon sun picked out this rainbow beautifully. It’s arching above the N2 cuttings – they’re the notch on the skyline beneath it – where you can see the shale beds that provided Dr Robert Gess’s exciting fossil finds. It’s a panorama of four images – that’s the only way I could get all of the rainbow into the picture. These are the rolling hills and yellow grasslands that #CelebrateNaturalHeritage.


Roddy is a self taught photographer whose first camera, a Zeiss Ikon, was bought in 1974 from a second hand dealer in Glasgow. Through the forty years since then, he's taken landscape photographs with Pentax, Olympus and FujiFilm systems for his teaching and research as a geography academic at Kenyatta and Rhodes Universities. He has always been inspired by great nature and landscape photographers such as Nick Brandt, Beth Moon, Obie Oberholzer and Hans Strand. Since taking early retirement he has been able to pursue his passion for photography, published a photobook ’Symmetry in Nature and held three solo exhibitions at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa. 

His landscape photography is about light: often at low angles, of forests, mist and clouds, the night sky and lightning. He prints on different media depending on the affects he wants to produce: brushed aluminium for reflecting angled light; Hahnemühle German Etching paper for soft diffusion; Ilford Metallic Gloss for vibrant night pictures.

His conceptual photography uses mirroring and merging of layers to explore patterns, motifs and the feminine in nature.