Black & White Photo Book

Hi all,

I just tried out Blurb to publish a photobook (Photographs by Mike-Hope) of some of my black and white shots. It is up on Blurb right now and thought you might like to take a look. I am going to publish it in tablet form too so it will be easier to review and download through Amazon (only if you like it of course). If you have any comments or any of the photos take your fancy let me know…

Mike-Hope Photography

The Black & White of it…

About the Book

Just travelling around over the past 8 years or so, snapping places and images of interest that I felt might look good in black and white, or near black and white as in some of the photos. A varied collection of some 72 pages that I hope you enjoy…


Oh, and click here for 40% of your first order


Also available in the Amazon and Apple iTunes Store in Ebook and Apple iPad format

Henry Philip Hope – Mystery of the Hope Diamond

Hi all,

I was researching a bit more on the Hope line from Scotland and uncovered some interesting facts and circumstances surrounding the Hope Diamond and Henry Philip Hope who came into possession of the diamond in the 1800’s after it’s disappearance from King Louis the XVI during the French Revolution. There is a fascinating Smithsonian documentary, Mystery of the Hope Diamond which unravels the diamonds origins, travels and alleged curse…

Mystery of the Hope Diamond (Smithsonian Channel Documentary)

Hope Diamond


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Henry Philip Hope (Hope Diamond) Smithsonian

Henry Philip Hope (1774-1839) brother of Thomas Hope, was a wealthy British banker with an affinity for fine art and precious gems. An 1839 catalogue of his gem collection mentions a large blue diamond weighing 45.5 carats. The diamond would take his name, becoming known as “Hope’s Diamond” or the “Hope Diamond.”

Mystery of the Hope Diamond (Smithsonian Channel Documentary)

Thanks for taking a look…


Check out more on the Hope’s Ancestry on the main page

“Yet my Hope is unbroken”


San Juan Capistrano Water Lilies Photograph by Michael Hope


Hi all,

We were down in San Jan Capistrano last weekend and I came across these water lilies in the Mission area. They were so colorful and reminded me of Monet’s famous water lily collection I had viewed earlier in the year whilst visiting the de Young in San Francisco, so I gave it a bit of a painterly feel. Hope you like it…


via San Juan Capistrano Water Lilies Photograph by Michael Hope

Mike Hope Photograph - San Juan Capistrano Water Lilies by Michael Hope

San Juan Capistrano Water Lilies is a photograph by Michael Hope which was uploaded on September 17th, 2017.

Thanks for taking a look,


New on VIDA – The Ol’ Cougar – Statement Bag by Mike hope …

The VIDA Statement Bag, featuring bold, vivid prints, complete with genuine cow-hide leather straps, leather base, and trims, is the most coveted VIDA accessory of the year. (Vida’s words). Accessorize with this bag for a statement look that turns heads and sparks conversations – around town or across the world.
Each VIDA piece features original designs from one of our global community of artists and is custom made to order for you.

via The ol’ cougar – Statement Bag by Mike hope ..

The Ol' Cougar

Hope you like it and let me know what you think…

Thanks for taking a look,