Welcome to 2019 and the new WordPress website, which underwent various changes last year in order to make it clearer to read and easier to navigate. It is still very much a work in progress, and I am grateful for those who have contacted me with feedback and suggestions – which are always appreciated.

2018 turned out to be a very busy year. The Ph.D thesis was submitted, viva passed (with corrections), and degree awarded, sales of A Carnal Medium: fin-de-siecle essays on the photographic nude have been encouraging, and my new book, Joseph Pike: the happy Catholic artist was published by Matador. I did two radio interviews, with David Fitzgerald on BBC Radio Devon and Lucy Tegg on BBC Radio Bristol & Somerset, during which I was able to discuss Joseph Pike’s life and work live on air. In February 2016 my chapter on Anton Walbrook’s performance as Prince Albert was published in The British Monarchy on Screen (Manchester University Press), but sadly I was unable to complete my biography of the actor in time for August 2017, which would have been the 50th anniversary of his death. Now that the PhD is complete, I am pressing on with this and sincerely hope to have the book completed (and maybe even available) before the end of 2019. In the meantime I have taken up a post at as Archivist of the Middle Eastern Collections at Exeter University, as well as taking over as editor of the journal Photographica World. 

These commitments and other creative projects have inevitably reduced the amount of free time available to devote to the website, but whenever the opportunity allows there will be regular blogposts covering the usual wide range of topics, most of which could fit under the umbrella term of ‘visual culture.’ After falling behind with my Carte-de-visite of the week series and the regular showcasing of artefacts from my collection of Anton Walbrook memorabilia, these are now picking up again. Watch this space for more developments!