Welcome to this modest showcase for John Sandell's creative and travel photography, and for a selection of writing and design work. Some of it is current while some looks back over a number of years. For want of anything better that awkward word “creative” is used here to mean photos made for their own sakes; pictures which might have some meaning, or might end up on a photographic exhibition wall. Art? Probably not!

Photography was initially just an interest for me, then became a serious hobby, and finally turned into a part of my working life in one way or another. I like to combine it with some form of written narrative – the largest section of this site documents a five-week European rail tour of twenty towns and cities in Austria, Germany, the Czech Rebublic and Poland, and is made up of more than 1,300 images and 40,000 words of text.

But single images are important too. I try hard to get them right in-camera and to optimise them with Photoshop and other software afterwards. Many images on this site are available hi-res for commercial or editorial use, and some are now available as prints.



A Grand Tour

Documentary and travel photography: the story of a 5-week, music-themed rail journey in central Europe. I visited towns and cities with classical music connections, with 20 destinations in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Poland. Presenting more than 1,300 images and 40,000 carefully researched words, this microsite includes nerdy notes on trains and photo equipment.


Pictorial portfolio

The photo portfolio brings together some favourite and occasionally successful images from different parts of the site.

'Two Trees'

Recent photography

Some current photography in a small collection that builds up over the winter, plus archives for the last 12 or so years.



Strong composition, simplified images, blocks of colour. Pictures that are almost abstract and yet still recognisable.


Trekking photos from the wild landscapes of Iceland, from the High Atlas mountains of Morocco, and the Pindos Mountains in north-western Greece.

'Caught in the Light'

Image of the Month

I try to feature a new image every month. It won't always happen on time, but I try!

'Holocaust Mamorial'


MEMORIAL is a thoughtful photo book based on images of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas) in Berlin, often called the 'Holocaust Memorial'.

Video: Die Wuppertaler Schwebebahn

A short video featuring the suspended overhead railway in the German town of Wuppertal.