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It’s been a while since I posted anything here – I have been working on a number of projects, including a desire to rationalise the number of websites that I have. On this point, I have decided I no longer need any websites, not even the Alan Skyrme Gallery site that I have had for 15 years.

I have also been re-building my painting skills with a view to offering both photographs and paintings for sale.

Havings spent some time in Veneto and Sicily in the summer, and January/February in Sicily again, I have built up a selection of stock images for sale via Alamy and art subjects that will become Fine Art images that I will sell direct or via Saatchi, along with my paintings.

I have plenty of work to keep me busy in parallel with other ongoing projects, so the need to maintain websites was called into question.




Setting up a website

For many years I had used a couple of internet service providers – Register.com and Yahoo Small Business.

Through these companies I bought a number of domains but used only Yahoo for web-hosting.

The issue with Register was that I found the email service difficult to manage and was unable to launch a web-site through them.

I had something like 25 domains in total, the majority of these registered under Yahoo, translated into 6 web-sites. Four of these were full web-sites while the other two  were simple landing pages.

I used a Yahoo-recommended web building software called Sitebuilder, easily confused with Sitebuilder the webhosting service when searching for them on the net.

All was well up to 2012 – I had access to the sites and was able to maintain them using Sitebuilder and even used html to code some pages and content.

I was then obliged to put the maintenance on hold for a while as some time-hungry projects had come up. To cut a long intro short I found that I was unable to get access to my domains for maintenence purposes. Sitebuilder refused to let me in and once I was able to get in I could not download the sites in order to maintain them.

Countless contacts with the helpdesk got me nowhere.

Having gone to the trouble of buying a new laptop (PC) and having tried to upgrade and downgrade the Windows OS I got nowhere. Sitebuilder does not work on Mac hence the need to use a PC. Situation made worse by having both my new laptop and my Macbook go missing in transit between Mexico and Brazil!

I had no alternative but to ditch Sitebuilder and therefore to rethink both Yahoo (Aabaco) and the number of domains that I owned.

The re-thinking process began in earnest this year. I looked at 10 service providers in addition to another that I used (Amazing Internet) before deciding on SquareSpace.

My new ShootStock site is now running, though still work in progress in parts. On balance I found that SquareSpace offered both a flexible site that, while not perfect, as well as domain hosting. I am still experimenting with the site – and its blog capabilities, and in the meantime I am running three blogs in parallel: this one, Shoot Stories and Continental Drifter.

Feel free to contact me for details of my reviews of other web providers.

Shoot Froot – Passionfruit

Passion fruit on plate


Name:                   Passionfruit

Scientific name:  Passiflora edulis

Other names:      Passion fruit, maracuja, maracuya, fruit de la passion, liliko’i


A vine, originally from southern Brazil / northern Argentina. The fruit, or pepo, has a hard skin within which are the seeds and juice

Nutritional Benefits:

Rich source of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and fibre.

Vitamin A (43% RDA)

Vitamin C (30% RDA)

Carbohydrate (18% RDA)

Iron (20% RDA)

Phosphorus (10% RDA)

Health benefits:

Antioxidant benefits, prevent cancerous growth, stimulate digestion, boost immune function, improve eyesight, increase skin health, regulate fluid balance in the body, lower blood pressure, boost circulation, and improve bone mineral density.

ASG images library:

We have a number of images in stock and can shoot to order

NB: While Alan Skyrme has a number of diplomas in Nutrition it is strongly recommended that the latest available analyses of the nutritional contents and benefits are obtained from appropriate sources. Those indicated here are indicative only and may be out of date.

Shoot Stock


Shoot Froot – Goji Berry

Goji Berry (Lycium chinense)



Deciduous perennial shrub originally from China.

Its egg-shaped fruit are the size of small rose hips and a rich source of nutrients.

Nutritional Benefits:

Goji berries  are rich in antioxidants and a good source of nutrients, minerals and vitamins with multiple medicinal uses.

Vitamin A 390 µg (55.71%)

Iron, Fe 1.9 mg (23.75%)

Carbohydrate 21.58 g (16.60%)

Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) 13.6 mg (15.11%)

Total dietary Fiber 3.6 g (9.47%)

Protein 3.99 g (7.98%)

Threonine 0.1 g (5.68%)

Sodium, Na 83 mg (5.53%)

Calcium, Ca 53 mg (5.30%)

Health benefits:

Antioxidant benefits, prevents diabetes, reduces cholesterol, prevents cancer, protects liver, eliminates free radicals, protects cardiovascular system

ASG images library:

We have a number of images in stock and can shoot to order

NB: While Alan Skyrme has a number of diplomas in Nutrition it is strongly recommended that the latest available analyses of the nutritional contents and benefits are obtained from appropriate sources. Those provided here are indicative only and may be out of date.


Spot the differences!

Spot the differences-2

ARA Uruguay moored as a museum ship in Puerto Madera, Buenos Aires, built in 1874 in England (Birkenhead).

One of the necessities of capturing stock images is to re-visit a site and update the image. This example is of pure coincidence – I didn’t go to Buenos Aires to recapture images but somehow managed to take a picture from almost exactly the same spot – nine years apart. At least it shows that I have consistency in my photography.

The left hand image was captured in 2005 and the one on the right was taken in 2014.

Despite the economic situation in Argentina the authorities have gone to lengths to paint the sailing ship and the old cranes in Puerto Madera. In the background there has also been some significant residential development in the form of sky rise luxury apartment blocks.

Buenos Aires is a beautiful city – rich in history – though still in need of investment in some parts.




One of a series of coloured glass Fine Art Print images available for sale.


All images are giclee printed to a high standard to ensure longevity.

Each print is signed and, in the case of Limited Editions, numbered.

Limited and Open Editions are sold un-framed and un-matted.

We can arrange sales on a framed basis through our associated framing agents.

The style of printing (and, as appropriate, matting and framing) is described (indicative) below. We are happy to provide more information per image on request. In the event that our prospective clients wish to specify their own matting and framing requirements we will be happy to receive your specifications and will quote accordingly – subject to being able to source the materials.

Print: Hahnemuehle Fineart Inkjet Paper *

Image size: 35 cm x 40 cm

Mat size: 41 cm x 51 cm

Mat colour: Cream / off-white

Frame: Black wood

* Specific paper type to be indicated prior to sale

[NB – sizes are indicative and may vary by print/order]



Three wise monkeys

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil!


Shoot Froot – Noni


Name:                   Noni

Scientific name:  Morinda citrifolia

Other names:      Great morinda, Indian mulberry, Tahitian noni, Hawaiian noni, beach mulberry, and cheese fruit


Evergreen tree originally from Southeast Asia and Australasia, related to coffee.

Its fruit are the size of potatoes and a rich source of nutrients. While it can be eaten ripe, its is often cooked or prepared as a juice for its medicinal benefits.

Nutritional Benefits:

Noni fruit  are a good source of nutrients, minerals and vitamins and have multiple medicinal uses.

Vitamin C (37.39%)

Carbohydrate (2.62%)

Calcium (1.01%)

Protein (0.86%)

Sodium (0.70%)


Health benefits:

Antioxidant benefits, analgesic, immune system booster, treatment of cancer, anti-bacterial, cholesterol reduction,  as well as used in skin-care products.


ASG images library:

We have a number of images in stock and can shoot to order

NB: While Alan Skyrme has a number of diplomas in Nutrition it is strongly recommended that the latest available analyses of the nutritional contents and benefits are obtained from appropriate sources. Those provided here are indicative only and may be out of date.


A Grain of Rice

A quote from a reader of this simple book:

“it’s very inspiring and eye opening. It definitely made me view things in a different light.”

In a world of convenience it’s easy to throw away what we don’t consume. This book aims to change habits and all profits go to famine relief.

A Grain of Rice


Gold Nugget


On the last day of March I found a colourful caterpillar on the wall of my garden and took it into my house to take photos. I have a vivarium and placed it on a leaf where it sat and began placing fine threads of silk near its head. I recognised this behaviour from a similar event at a different house at the end of 2004.

The next day I found that the caterpillar had removed its skin and had attached its new chrysalis form to the leaf. At this point the chrysalis was a pinkish colour and lay horizontal on the leaf.

Within a day the chrysalis had turned gold in colour – bright and metallic. I then cut the leaf before gluing it to a stick that I had suspended within the vivarium. This enabled the chrysalis to hang in a natural state until it was ready for the final stage of its metamorphosis.

On the 6th of April I returned from work at lunchtime to find that I had unfortunately missed the “birth” of the butterfly! It had emerged, had spread and dried its wings and was ready to fly. I took a couple of photographs before releasing the insect into a patch of wild vegetation next to the house. I believe the butterfly was a Mexican Fritillary. We seem to have a few species of similar-looking fritillaries in the area – I have counted a minimum of 12 different types of butterfly in just 4 square metres of the vegetation next to my house, including Swallow-tailed species.

In 2004 (and again in 2005) several caterpillars of Opsiphanes invirea, Owl butterfly, had marched up to my front door. I placed them in the vivarium and was able to do some time-lapse photography to capture the caterpillars suspending themselves to the roof of the glass tank, emerging in chrysalis form, and later as butterflies. Fascinating.