Beachy Head Project print sale

In order to fund the completion of my Beachy Head project I'm offering an initial print from the series at a reduced rate. The image is taken from the same spot as Ravilious painted his view of Beachy Head.
The print is A3 in size (42cmx29.7cm)  archival print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Pearl 320gsm.
Print cost is £75 + £5p&p UK only

All prints are signed

If you're in or working in central London I can try to deliver the print to you myself for no extra charge

To order send an email to with 'prints' in the title, I'll send you full details

"these are special images. I've never seen Beachy Head look like these. You make the billowing earth and the billowing cloud speak to one another. And those circling birds, aloft in the way that the suicides might long to be, reminded me of a line of Paul Claudel's that I quoted somewhere in Mountains of the Mind: 'We lack wings to fly, but will always have strength to fall."

Robert Macfarlane 2016

Brett Smiley

Really sorry to hear about the death of Brett Smiley, here's a picture I took of him at rehearsals in London in 2005, he was a lovely gentle soul

Brighter Later on the BBC

Brighter Later on the BBC

Many Thanks to Phil Coomes

Photographs are usually defined by their content, yet Brian David Stevens's latest work seems to me to be about absence, a space in which we can project our own thoughts.
Brighter Later is a collection of diptychs taken on the shores of Britain, looking out to sea.
Stevens's pictures reflect our island nation and at the same time capture the greyness that so often covers much of the country.
"This is not the Mediterranean light of Matisse but the same tones that were known to seamen leaving naval ports, fishermen following the herring along the east coast, immigrants from Ireland and emigrants to the new world," says Stevens.
The work is beautiful and, considering its lack of content, very engaging.
It was inspired by WG Sebald's The Rings of Saturn, which says of anglers along the shore near Lowestoft: "I do not believe that these men sit by the sea all day and all night so as not to miss the flounder rise or the cod come in to shallower waters, as they claim.
"They just want to be in a place where they have the world behind them, and before them nothing but emptiness."
That feeling of emptiness is found in each frame, and Stevens feels this can mean different things to each of us.
"To me it was a space wanting to be filled, a space of optimism and possibilities," says Stevens.
"Looking out to sea, you truly are looking into the future.
"Seeing the weather and the waves that will at some point arrive at the shores of this island, you predict their inevitable, unstoppable approach."
The idea for the diptych form came from Stevens's youth, when he remembers looking out to sea to "stare at landscapes first through the left eye and then through the right".
The pictures are simply presented with their location, the rest is up to the viewer.


I'm sure I've seen that backdrop before....
pic by greg williams

Brighter Later Book

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Brian David Stevens
Published 12 December 2015
ISBN: 978-0-9576446-3-2
290 x 155mm
68pp 4-colour offset printed on PheoniXmotion 150gsm
12pp text printed on Takeo Tela 120gsm
Endpapers on Colorplan 135gsm
Cloth-covered boards with debossed title and spine
All paper FSC certified
Edition of 500 copies, with the first twenty copies signed
As an island race we have always looked out; to find food from the sea, to find opportunity to trade, to find adventure, and to find ourselves. Brighter Later is a journey around the coastal counties of Britain. It is a portrait of the island, looking out rather than in. 
As novelist Melissa Harrison writes in her essay included in the book:
"Brian David Stevens’ simple seascapes require a slowing-down, a recalibrating of our usual demand for information, drama and resolution. More than just requiring it, in fact, they induce it: each pair of images leads us quietly out of our everyday world and stands us on a British beach somewhere, shielding our eyes against all that reflected light, that surfeit of sky."
Brighter Later features 68pp of full colour photographs, together with text from Brian David Stevens and Mel Harrison, with design and layout by Wayne Ford. 

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