Self Portrait as Sir John Herschel

I currently live and work in Maputo, Mozambique. I have exhibited internationally, and my prints are included in the Royal Scottish Academy, among other collections.

I served as a consultant and proof reader for the calotype chapter in the latest edition of Christopher James’ Book of Alternative Photographic Processes, and appeared on British television demonstrating the calotype process in an episode of “Britain’s Secret Homes”, presented by Rankin and featuring the Rock House studio of 19th century calotypists Hill and Adamson.

In addition to calotypes, I work in wet and dry collodion processes and I am currently researching the work of Sir John Kirk, the abolitionist British diplomat who accompanied David Livingstone, and made calotype images, during the Zambesi expedition of 1858 to 1864.






2005 MSc with distinction, Geographic Information Science, University College London
1990 DPhil, “The Raman Spectrum of Simple Ionic Salts”, Dept.of Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford
1986 BSc (Hons) Physics (First Class). University of Leicester


2017 Mozambique Through a Nineteenth-Century Lens. Joint exhibition with filmmaker Daniel Nuss at 16Neto, Maputo, Mozambique.
2015 Collecting Shadows: An exhibition of work by members of the Calotype Society, University of Louisville Photographic Archive, Kentucky, U.S.A.
2015 ACTINIC Festival of Alternative Photography, juried exhibit, Edinburgh, Scotland.
2013 Calotype Society pop-up exhibit, William Henry Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock, England
2012 Collodion Photography: An Exhibition of Works, St. Julian’s School, Lisbon, Portugal
2010 The Timelessness of the Limestone in the Walls, Espaco de Europa, Lisbon, Portugal (a collaboration with the Irish poet Máire-Áine Ní Dhireáin)
2009 The Timelessness of the Limestone in the Walls, Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith, England


2016 Fotofilmic Spring 2016 Shortlist:
2012 Director’s Choice Award, PHOTOcentric 2012, Garrison Art Center, New York, U.S.A.
2006 The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Geomatics Faulty Prize for MSc/PgDip Geographic Information Science, UCL, England

Selected Public Collections

The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland
University of St Andrews Special Collections
University of Louisville Photographic Archive, Fine Print Collection, University of Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.
Irish Embassy, Maputo, Mozambique




von-blixenPhoto copyright Daniel Nuss