Summer’s End

We are heading home to Grahamstown next week so this will be my last photo from Sweden. It’s called Summer’s End because it has a real ‘end of season’ feel to it – and that’s appropriate for me too. It was taken when we were visiting the iconic Carl Larsson’s house and garden in Sundburn on a glorious autumn day. The boats and canoe belong to Larsson’s family who still have summer homes on the Sundbornsån right next to the Larsson-gården. There’s a culture trail that you can follow along the river, past the church and through the fields – you stop at many of the spots where his famous paintings were done. The views along and across the water will feature in a post on my blog and they will also go into my store, I think they’re the best set of pictures I’ve taken on this visit to Sweden.



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.