St Patrick on the Hill Chapel, Hogsback

Every Sunday at 10am there’s a service held at the beautiful St Patrick on the Hill Chapel, Hogsback. It’s a really lovely little building that’s tucked away on a corner in the forests above Hogsback village. It’s interdenominational. Last weekend we were there to celebrate the christening of our grand-daughter – Willow.
This picture’s of the interior (complete with dogs in the aisle) from the back of the chapel and it was taken with my little body cap fish-eye lens. it’s one of my favourite lenses being extremely small (and cheap to buy) so it nearly always comes along with me on a shoot.


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.