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Sultans, Elephants, Brexit and Trump…….April 2019

 

SULTANS, ELEPHANTS AND BREXIT AND TRUMP…….APRIL 2019

I love a good protest march and there have been plenty to go on recently.

April was particularly busy.

At the beginning of April came the news that Brunei was passing a law that would punish gay sex and adultery by stoning to death.

The celebs had come out calling for a boycott of the Sultan of Brunei’s hotels and not being a regular at The Dorchester, the next best thing would be to stand outside and shout that in this day and age this is not acceptable.

Looking online to see if anybody was heading down there I saw something for the Saturday, the kids were all at dance etc on the day, so I called up my brother in law to see what he was up to.

A small but vocal group made themselves heard and along with the global condemnation, at the time of writing Brunei have backed down from this draconian and medieval law.

I took a few selfies with my brother in law and I’m sure people were thinking ‘well they make quite the odd couple’!!!

Anti-Trophy hunting.

Next up was the anti-trophy hunting march.

Nothing depresses me more or makes me sadder than when a photograph pops up on social media of a hunter proudly standing over the freshly murdered corpse of a lion, giraffe, elephant, bear etc.

I can’t comprehend it at all.

People will say these wealthy hunters are injecting money into the community by shooting these animals.

Well, I would say don’t shoot the animals just put the money straight into the community.

The kids and Fi came with me on this one and another small but vocal group made clear their views.

There was only one awkward point when we were all outside Downing Street. A Pro-Brexit march came trudging down Whitehall toward us. I stood looking disapprovingly at them as they walked past, until they started shouting ‘good on you’, well done’ and ‘completely agree’, at which point I had to raise a weak smile and even gave one of them a thumbs up…… !

Extinction Rebellion

Our kids had bunked off school a few weeks before and been on the youth Eco march and then we had the Extinction rebellion guys organising a protest London has never seen before.

Massive disruption and yet still Non-violent!

Fiona and I grabbed some bikes and cycled down to Marble Arch, along to Oxford Circus, down to Parliament Square where we had some free pasta served up by the Hare Krisnas and then along to Westminster bridge.

I found it quite moving to see how many young people were involved.

The people sat down in the middle of the road who were being arrested were thanking the police for doing a great job!     (And not in a sarcastic or antagonistic way.)

I went down a few times and from the amount of people who were tidying up the litter, the people cooking free food to the volunteer lawyers it was a wonderful and very important protest.

Anti-Trump

The orange buffoon is coming back to England in June, so no doubt there will be some funny chants and placards on a march through London and other towns in Great Britain, showing how much we in the UK disapprove of this awful man.

At the time of writing he has been and gone. The march wasn’t as big as last time, probably because it was wet and mid-week, but there was still a good turn out.

He of course, didn’t see anybody and any protests there were, were ‘political’ and fake news!!

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You Look How I feel…….March 2019

 

YOU LOOK HOW I FEEL…….MARCH 2019

Die Zeit run a weekly feature in their newspaper of an animal with the headline ‘You look, How I feel’.

I have had about 10 of my images used over the last year or so, some of which are below.

And I had a nice email from the International Color Awards to say my portrait of a Peregrine Falcon was a finalist in the animal category of the awards. (It didn’t win, but still nice.)

 

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Billie-Jo, Aperol Spritz and Good Luck…….February 2019

 

BILLIE-JO, APEROL SPRITZ AND GOOD LUCK……FEBRUARY 2019

Here we go again, playing catch up and writing this in April!

February was a bit well….February, so here are some photos of my perfect Billie-Jo.

I have recently done a podcast and also taken part in a Netflix documentary with her and as we have just been going through some of her phone photos and picked a few out, I thought I would post them.

She particularly liked the one of her and her boyfriend George and the film of me with bird poo on my head! I was always told it is good luck if a bird poo’s on you and I’m sticking with that!

 

 

 


Charities, Podcasts, Chatting and Stuff……January 2019

 

CHARITIES, PODCASTS, CHATTING AND STUFF…….JANUARY 2019

 

I have always enjoyed working for charities and early this month I headed up to Manchester with the wonderful team from Consider Creative to see the ground breaking research the British Heart Foundation is funding. I’m glad that there are people like Dr Adam Greenstein out there toiling away to find the answers and cures to the worst diseases and conditions out there.

It is also the Down’s Syndrome Association’s 50th birthday next year and I have had a couple of meetings with them about what we can do to mark the date and one of the suggestions was for me to do a podcast. Well, never one to turn down a new experience I gave it a go and you can hear the first series here, where I speak to three young adults who have Down’s syndrome and two parents of children who have Down’s syndrome.

One of the people I talk to is my daughter Billie-Jo, we just have a bit of a chat about life and stuff. It is pretty good fun and not too long either, which is always good!

Have a listen here:

 

 

 


Turkeys, Chanting and Druids…….December 2018

 

TURKEYS, CHANTING AND DRUIDS…….DECEMBER 2018

It has been a pretty busy and fun year!

To end it off a trip to Stonehenge for the Winter Solstice and 19 round our kitchen table for Christmas dinner.

The Solstice at Stonehenge I LOVE!

I love being a part of a tradition that stretches back thousands of years, I love being able to touch the stones, I love being there when the sun rises over the horizon and imagining all the people who have travelled there from all around the UK and Europe, over all those Millenia, to do exactly the same thing, I love the weird and wonderful characters, I love the sound of the drums and the singing and the chanting, I love seeing the ‘druids’ wandering around, I love being there with my family…….I just LOVE it!

 

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Turkey’s on Copas Farm and me talking to them!

I was shooting something for Die Zeit and Getty at a Turkey farm just up the M40 called Copas Farms. I haven’t eaten meat for over thirty years and stopped mainly because I was appalled at the treatment of the farmed animals and the overall commercialisation of the meat industry.

However, had I seen a farm like Copas, where the birds are organic and free-range, left outside to roam and are guarded from foxes by Alpacas, I may well have re-considered. A Copas Turkey was on our Christmas table and everybody said it was the best tasting Turkey ever!

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Chickens, Ducks and Cocks…….November 2018

 

CHICKENS, DUCKS AND COCKS…….NOVEMBER 2018

A quick trip up to The National Poultry Show in Telford to take a few portraits of the finest poultry in Europe!

The White Campbell Drake has already ended up in the Die Zeit ‘You Look How I Feel’ section.

Die Zeit newspaper, 'You Look How I Feel'

White Campbell DrakeDutch Bantam CockerelEast Indian DrakeGold laced Polish ChickenGold Silkie ChickenBrahma ChickenRouen DrakeYoung TurkeyWhite Campbell DrakeYokohama female PulletDutch Bantam Cockerel

 


Owls, Horses And A New Agent…….October 2018

 

OWLS, HORSES AND A NEW AGENT…….OCTOBER 2018

 

October gets off to a great start.

I went to see a photographers agent called Mark Gibson, with my animal portraits.

He liked my work, I liked him a lot and now he is representing me!

He has just launched his new website which you can see here:

www.markgibsonphotography.com

Mark is great, his website is great, his photographers are all great…….in fact it’s all great!

I am looking forward to working with him and producing some beautiful images of animals…….and of course the odd human.

In the meantime, I have been working on a project with horses and visited some stables in Sussex.

Can’t show you the project images yet, but here are some of the out-takes along with some quite

wonderful owls I also photographed recently.