The Great Ocean Road by Justin Hannaford

Given that for 25 years I had lived less than a day's drive from the world famous Great Ocean Road, it was probably surprising that I'd never made the effort to explore this part of Victoria. All this changed last month when I was lucky enough to spend 4 days driving between Melbourne and Adelaide, with overnight stops at Apollo Bay, Port Fairy & the wonderfully compact Coonawarra wine region of South Australia.

Built by approx 3,000 returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and dedicated to soldiers killed during World War I, the road is the world's largest war memorial. It meanders for 243 kilometres through varying landscapes of ancient eucalypt forests, salt bush scrubland, golden beaches surrounded by sandstone and limestone cliffs, rivers, waterfalls & creeks and lush famland.

Parts of the Great Ocean Road are reachable on a return day drive from Melbourne, but the entire route deserves time to properly savour all the highlights. It's one the most beautiful parts of Australia and surprisingly uncrowded in most places. Highly recommended!

Anglesea, Victoria, 2016

Split Point Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet, Victoria, 2016

Split Point Lighthouse, Aireys Inlet, Victoria, 2016

A lookout along the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, 2016

A lookout along the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, 2016

Moggs Creek, Victoria, 2016

Moggs Creek, Victoria, 2016

Apollo Bay, Victoria, 2016

Apollo Bay, Victoria, 2016

Maits Rest, Victoria, 2016he T

Maits Rest, Victoria, 2016he T

The first of the Twelve Apostles, Victoria, 2016

The first of the Twelve Apostles, Victoria, 2016

Port Fairy, Victoria, 2016

Port Fairy, Victoria, 2016

Rue Cremieux by Justin Hannaford

At the very western fringe of the 12th arrondissement, you will find possibly the quaintest, most beautiful street in the entire city of Paris: 

The street itself is relatively short, pedestrianised and cobbled with stunning, brightly coloured houses lining both sides. During the short journey along the street you might see antique bicycles chained to downpipes, ivy (both real and painted) overhanging doorways, real cats in windowsills and painted cats jumping between windows, cane birdcages with canaries and a multitude of pot plants and trees.

Rue Crémieux. It's a hidden treasure in the Parisian sprawl.

Rue Crémieux, Paris, 2015

Rue Crémieux, Paris, 2015

The Pilot's House by Justin Hannaford

This distinctive Pilot's House has stood in Torekov, western Sweden, since 1878. The pilot would sit in this house, over-looking the sea, waiting to assist boats navigate the dangerous waters near the island of Halland Väderö. During daylight hours, stricken boats would use flags to alert the pilot; at night, blinking lights were used. When the pilot received these messages, he would alert the rescue boat stationed nearby who would then head out to sea to help those in danger. Operations at the Pilot's House ceased in the mid 1930's, and nowadays it is a museum and artist's studio.

Torekov, Sweden, 2016

Torekov, Sweden, 2016

Berlin by Justin Hannaford

I've just returned from my 3rd trip to Berlin, and I have to say that it gets better every time I visit it. Cutting-edge cool and palpable modern history combine to produce a gritty, vibrant yet relaxing city. Modern architecture sits seamlessly alongside a church missing half of it's roof after being destroyed by a WW2 bomb. There are literally days worth of historical sites to see: The Berlin Wall, Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, Topography of Terror & Checkpoint Charlie being some of the highlights.

In 2004 Berlin's mayor Klaus Wowereit declared "Berlin ist arm, aber sexy" - Berlin is poor but sexy. This still holds true today with the city being very affordable by European capital city standards. It's one of the most cycle friendly cities I've ever visited, with extensive off-road bike lanes criss-crossing the city. In addition, almost a fifth of the city is green space dotted with approx. 2,500 public parks and gardens.

If you're in Europe and looking for a city break for 3-4 days, you could do a lot worse!

Tempodrom. 2016

Tempodrom. 2016

Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus. 2016

Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus. 2016

Templehofer Feld. 2016

Templehofer Feld. 2016

Holocaust Memorial. 2016

Holocaust Memorial. 2016

Gneisenaustr U-Bahn. 2016

Gneisenaustr U-Bahn. 2016

Potsdam mosaic 2016

Potsdam mosaic 2016

Sagres by Justin Hannaford

I've been fortunate enough to have spent the last few days in the lovely Portuguese coastal town of Sagres. It's a real step back in pace from the rest of the Algarve and considering the quality of beaches and big waves, it's remarkably untainted by hordes of tourists.

Sagres sits on the extreme south-western tip of Europe and is steeped in history; it was from here that, in the 15th century, Prince Henry the Navigator planned and organised Portugal's journey of discovery to the new world. The coastline is rugged with the occasional stunning beach. The entire region is popular with surfers and Sagres has this laid back, relaxed atmosphere about it.

Cafe Conchinha - Sagres - Algarve - Portugal -2016

Cafe Conchinha - Sagres - Algarve - Portugal -2016

Red and White - Sagres - Algarve - Portugal -2016

Red and White - Sagres - Algarve - Portugal -2016

The Local Watch - Sagres - Algarve - Portugal -2016

The Local Watch - Sagres - Algarve - Portugal -2016

The King of Bacon Street by Justin Hannaford

Recently I was cycling through Spitalfields and found myself in a small side street adjacent to Brick Lane called Bacon Street. Charlie Burns was born in 1915 and lived here his entire life until passing away in 2012.

He and his family were paper merchants; a business which began with Charlie's grandfather John in 1864. The business involved collecting waste paper from city offices to sell to Limehouse Paper Mills for recycling.

After serving in North Africa in WW2, he returned to the family business intent of doing something positive for the war ravaged East End of London. With his brother Harry, he ran a thriving boxing club for the children of Bethnal Green.

This mural was painted by Ben Snow and adorns the wall of his family business on Bacon Street.

The King of Bacon Street - Spitalfields - London - 2016

The King of Bacon Street - Spitalfields - London - 2016

So.....What's it all about? by Justin Hannaford

First up, thanks for visiting my website. I've been taking photos of various degrees of quality since I was boy, however, it's taken me some time to get my act together and put my best images online. Essentially this website is my simple attempt post some of my images online; if I am lucky enough to occasionally sell something, then that is a bonus!

I'm living in London these days, so when I can, I like to get out on my bike and explore the city with my camera. I'm also lucky enough to regularly travel to Europe, either with work or on holidays. Coming up this year, you can expect to see images from Jersey, Portugal and Sweden added to these pages.

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Speaker's Corner, London. 2010

Speaker's Corner, London. 2010