Please forgive the very whimsical word, but it seems the most appropriate and descriptive term.
I first had the idea of producing a roundograph while waiting with my camera poised on its tripod to capture a toy rocket launch at Port Meadow in Oxford in 2008. The mist in the image formed around us while my friends set up the launch site and I found myself moving the camera around from its fixed position absently taking photographs of the whole 360° scene. I stitched the photographs together in Photoshop the next day and as it began to form on the computer monitor I honestly felt giddy with excitement. The resultant image is shown at the top of this page. I have, since then, continued to experiment and attempt more complex locations until I considered my collection of images engaging and, I hope, beautiful.
The central image on the facing page of Fountains Abbey featured on the cover of a CD album (Philip Sheppard’s lovely classical soundtrack to David Starkey’s 2008 channel 4 documentary series ‘Henry VIII, Mind of a Tyrant’) and several of my roundographs can be found on Getty Images.
My book, Roundography, explains the process from capture to processing and showcases fifty of my favourite and most popular roundographs.