Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Bear!

Alfie is jumping with festive joy and wishes everyone a wicked 2013!
May all your most inappropriate dreams come true!!
Photo: Profoundly Superficial. Tutu by House of Diana

Monday, 24 December 2012

Poor Me!

Wherever we go, there are always three people in our relationship: me, my gorgeous Bertje and her big love Karl!

Monday, 17 December 2012

Johan, You Legend!

A couple of days ago I saw two little boys playing football on the street. They were tiny and they weren't very good. Suddenly the ball went shooting towards a man, who returned it with stunning accuracy. It was football legend, Johan Cruyff. While the kids' parents were being photographed with him, I saw him looking longingly at the abandonned ball. For Cruyff, the footie always comes first!

Monday, 10 December 2012

Agnes Dei

Agnes is the secret house god of the place in Ireland where I spend my summers. Her job is to ensure that the roof doesn't blow off during the winter storms. I do hope she succeeds... Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial

Monday, 3 December 2012

Talking Heads

Last week, I photographed a performance of Alan Bennett's legendary "Talking Heads" monologues, which was given by the Queen's English Theatre Company at Amsterdam's English Bookshop. Here, actress Polly Perkins is getting into her role as an obsessively nosy neighbour.

Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial

Monday, 26 November 2012

Monday, 19 November 2012

It's a Dog's Life

Stuck out in the cold on Amsterdam's biggest flea market when all you're dreaming of is a warm fire and a nice, meaty bone!
Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial

Monday, 12 November 2012

Hidden Passage...

... one of many in the centre of Paris that date from the 18th and 19th centuries. Originally built to protect elegant Parisians from the muddy reality of a rainy climate, they came complete with bathhouses, theatres and brothels.

Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial, Passage du Grand Cerf

Monday, 5 November 2012

Behind this Door...

...of elaborate ivory and pine geometric patterns is an elaborate assembly system, all due to the mathematical genius of early 14th century Cairo.

Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial, the new Islamic wing of the Louvre, Paris

Monday, 22 October 2012

Monday, 15 October 2012


Even in the most forgotten corners of the city, there's something special waiting for you.
Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial, Amsterdam

Monday, 8 October 2012

Fleeting Beauty...

... that you notice out of the corner of your eye.
Like this sunlight staircase at the Musée Carnavalet
in Paris.
©Profoundly Superficial

Monday, 1 October 2012

Hardcore Glamour

This film noir siren harks back to the Hollywood glamour of Veronica Lake. When she falls in love, she falls hard. And always for gangsters. Sadly she may not live to tell the tale.
©Profoundly Superficial

Monday, 17 September 2012


Two Grand Old Girls slightly coming apart at the seams after
too much hospitality.

©Profoundly Superficial, The Ice House hotel, Ballina, Ireland

Monday, 10 September 2012

Monday, 3 September 2012

The Bridge to the Rainbow's End

If there was a crock of gold there, it evaporated along with the rainbow about thirty seconds later.

Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial
Achill Island

Monday, 27 August 2012

Monday, 20 August 2012

Divine Madness

The painter Francis Bacon's studio, now housed at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin.
Photo: Profoundly Superficial

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Monday, 30 July 2012

Under Threat

The sublime geometry of a ceiling at the medieval Citadel of Aleppo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is now a place of hunger and terror.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial

Monday, 23 July 2012

Literary Amsterdam

I've just finished a series of shots for the English Bookshop's soon-to-be-launched literary tour of Amsterdam. It lasts for two-and-a-half hours and is led by Asker Mulder, who is a veritable mine of information. Definitely a must for visitors and locals alike.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial at the Westerkerk, just around the corner from where Anne Frank wrote her diary.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012


I spent most of last week creating photos for Keith McFarlane's wonderful iPoet app, which facilitates the making, editing and publishing of poetry, and is available at iTunes. In this shot, the poet and his editor are comparing covers.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial

Monday, 9 July 2012

As Good as It Gets!

Walking the world's sweetest doggy on a wild and windy Irish beach.

Photo: Profoundly Superficial Click to see how cute she is.

Monday, 2 July 2012

Window Shopping

The great thing about window shopping with a camera is that you get to keep what you like. It's a bit like stealing...

Photo: Profoundly Superficial, detail of giant Buddha's head spotted on Amsterdam's antiques street

Monday, 25 June 2012

Eyes of War

Martin Roemers' "Eyes of War" contains extraordinary photographic portraits of people, who have lost their sight through armed conflict. I was also involved with this project, and was responsible for the English translation of the victims' life stories, which range from triumph over adversity to utter dispair. What I'm most proud of here is helping to communicate these experiences to a wider audience and hopefully generations to come.

Photo: Martin Roemers

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Far Away and Long Ago...

...these prehistoric figures walking, dancing, running and tumbling off the walls of the Mestekawi-Foggini Caves in a distant corner of Egyptian desert near the Libyan border.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Dressing for the Occasion

Taking travel photographs means dressing for the occasion. In other words: keeping warm, cool, dry or whatever the terrain demands. Generally speaking, it's best to leave the Louboutins at home...

PS Here I am dressed at the height of photographic fashion for the wet and windy West of Ireland.

Photo: Bertje Hogervorst

Monday, 4 June 2012

Warrior Queen

Once in the ancient city of Palmyra (Syria) there ruled a warrior queen called Zenobia, who rebelled against the Romans and captured lands as far to the west as Egypt and also in Asia Minor to the north. Now Palmyra - like the rest of Syria - is facing an uncertain future as the country descends slowly but surely into civil war.

Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial Photography

Monday, 28 May 2012

This Is Where I Want to Live...

... with a camera, a laptop, a chaise longue, several felines,
plentiful champagne and the occasional visitor.

Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial Photography,
Huize Marseille, Amsterdam. Click to see whether
you like it too.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Home Extension

In Cairo, you don't have to move house if you've too many kids and not enough space. You just extend your home upwards! Personally, I can't help wondering whether these wonky structures are actually a convenient place for stashing eccentric aunties and dodgy uncles.

Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial Photography

Monday, 14 May 2012

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Coffee To Go?

In New York, the Met's current, predynastic-Egypt show promises to reveal "the beginning of everything", which includes this chirpy cup that's roughly five-and-a-half thousand years old. Could it once have been a familiar sight at some extremely ancient version of Starbucks?

Photo: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The exhibition's called The Dawn of Egyptian Art and I would dearly love to see it.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Hotel World...

... is like living in the movie of your life.
PS It's better that way.
Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial Photography, Hotel Palmyra, Baalbek, Lebanon

Saturday, 28 April 2012


The door of a storage unit on Amsterdam's Waterlooplein flea market. Guess what one of the stalls specialises in?

Photo: Profoundly Superficial Click to select your favourite badge.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

The Hide of a Mutant Reptile?

No, it's the skin of a pineapple that's almost ripe and ready to be eaten.

Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial Photography Click to taste the sweetness

Monday, 16 April 2012

Friday, 13 April 2012

In the Eye of the Storm

It makes you feel very, very small...

Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial Photography, Mulranny, Ireland. Click to get the full blast

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Happy Easter!

If chocolate doesn't do it for you, just ask your favourite people over for a bottle of pink champagne!

Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial Photography

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Friday, 30 March 2012

Thwarted Dream

When I was small, I dreamed of golden beaches full of exotic shells just waiting to be collected. The Red Sea is all that and more. Except that the shells are rare and protected so you can't take them with you.

Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial Photography, Egypt

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Who's Looking Now?

Mannequins putting a whole new spin on window shopping.

Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial Photography, P.C. Hooftstraat, Amsterdam

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Audrey in My Backyard

This gorgeous photo of Audrey Hepburn is on show just a stone's throw from where I live. Taken by British celebrity photographer Terry O’Neill, it is part of an exhibition that includes such stars as Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine, Frank Sinatra, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, David Bowie and Amy Winehouse.

So if you're living here or visiting, just drop by and say hello to Audrey at Eduard Planting Gallery, Eerste Bloemdwarsstraat 2, 1016 KS Amsterdam. Open: Wed - Sat, 1pm - 6pm. The show runs until 21 April.