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Self-portrait, 13 April 2012
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en-N This user has a native understanding of English.
de-1 Dieser Benutzer beherrscht Deutsch auf grundlegendem Niveau.
fr-1 Cet utilisateur dispose de connaissances de base en français.
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My interests include wildlife, merchant shipping, canals, railways, motorcycles, history, architecture, modern languages and photography.

My wildlife interests include birds, butterflies and other animals, but I seldom get round to contributing images of them. Maybe one day.

I contribute photos of Oxfordshire villages, and particularly their vernacular architecture and parish churches. I am interested both in illustrating Wikipedia articles about Oxfordshire villages and churches and showing the work of particular architects, sculptors and artists.

I occasionally contribute photos of railway subjects, and may get round to contributing some bus photos one day.


Wikimedia seems to have innumerable uncategorised or badly-categorised photos. I now spend more time categorising other people's photos than contributing my own. This seems particularly true of photos copied from Geograph, which also seems to be one of the World's largest repositories of bad photos: poor exposure, poor composition, light in the wrong place, and in many cases no apparent subject. Many thousands of them were not worth copying to Wikimedia, but even they need to be correctly categorised to make Wikimedia properly navigable.


I am fluent in English, fairly good at German, get by in French and know rudimentary Spanish, Polish, Czech and Russian. If you send me a message in German or French please keep it simple so that I can understand! My English Wikipedia userpage is here.

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