FUNNY LITTLE OWLS AND MY PERSPECTIVES…….JUNE 2016
So, I have mostly been photographing some little owls and some big owls and even a fat tailed Gerbil called Janet!!!
A few years ago I curated a touring exhibition that was concerned with all aspects of Down’s syndrome called Shifting Perspectives.
One of the spin offs from this was the My Perspective photographic competition, which is still going strong thanks once again to Katie Pinnock and her team at GlaxoSmithKline for their continued support of this competition and the ceremony.
Of the 250 entries entered into the competition I am tasked to ‘whittle’ it down to 25 images which are then sent off to a panel of judges to select their favourites. The annual competition is open to anyone with Down’s syndrome and the only rules are that:
1. You must have Down’s syndrome.
2. You must have taken the photograph yourself.
This years entries were again outstanding and it was very difficult to edit them down. The eventual winner was Emily Buck and two photographers shared second place – Steven Padmore’s “Raindrops on my Window” and Carlos Biggemann’s “Colours of Fire”
Carlos’ picture also won a new award for international photographers and he flew all the way from New Zealand to attend the awards ceremony!
David Kenward, who won My Perspective in 2015, was there to present the awards alongside Dame Judi Dench, patron of the DSA.
The My Perspectives awards ceremony, held each year at the Orangery in Kew gardens and is possibly my favourite night of the year.
Emily Buck – Winner of the My Perspective 2016 photography competition.
Carlos Biggemann – Runner-up of the My Perspective 2016 photography competition.
Steven Padmore – Runner-up of the My Perspective 2016 photography competition.
Rory Davies – Finalist of the My Perspective 2016 photography competition.
Konstantina Chamilodou- Finalist of the My Perspective 2016 photography competition.
Ed Phippen- Finalist of the My Perspective 2016 photography competition.
FRIENDSHIPS, CLIMBING MOUNTAINS AND BOOK LAUNCHES…….MAY 2016
The Three Peaks are going to be ‘conquered’ this year and I’m dragging the kids along as well.
A snowy Snowdon is the first to go on a wet and rainy day with no visibility at the top, but still lots of people! Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis await, for later in the year.
And then we had the ‘launch’ of Darwin’s Pigeons. It was a lovely do at the Horse Hospital in Bloomsbury, with lots of friends milling around drinking wine and chatting.
Now I just have to sell the book……HERE if you fancy one!
A year or so ago I worked on a campaign with MENCAP called ‘Hear My Voice’.
This month we travelled the UK photographing friends. It can sometimes be hard for people with learning difficulties to make friends, so MENCAP are highlighting this in their campaign. I always enjoy working with MENCAP and it was lovely meeting and taking photographs of the couples. The people we met were lovely and ranged from friends who were non-verbal and communicated through sign language to a lovely couple with Down’s syndrome who had just got engaged.
After all, we all want to laugh with someone, to confide in someone, to share good times and bad times, to hold someone’s hand, to feel wanted.
We all want to love and be loved and it is no different for people with learning difficulties.
The Guardian featured the images which you can see on the link HERE:
And then just me at the top of a cold Snowdon with a lot of other people…….
BOXER DOGS IN PARIS, RADIO PLAYS AND TRACTOGRAPHY…….MARCH 2016
Well…..we’re now into June, so I’m catching up…….again.
Had a call from an agency in Paris asking if I would like to come over and take some studio photographs of a boxer dog for their client Kleber.
Nipped over on the Eurostar Thursday evening, had a lovely shoot (and lunch) in a great studio on Friday and back home by 9.30 Friday evening.
Animals and Paris…….can’t go wrong, hashtag smiley face!
The annual Wellcome Image Awards ceremony and private view came around again.
I particularly like this competition as the photography is quite different from what I usually look at or take, so is always very interesting, and they always put on a good ‘do’.
Just a quick note to say that it is always a good idea to read your invite…….after turning up at the Wellcome trust on Euston road where it is usually held, we had to quickly jump in a cab to the Science Museum in Kensington.
The winning image is of the nerve fibres in the brain and is quite beautiful in every way and used an imaging technique called ‘tractography’. No, me neither.
Have a look for yourself here: WELLCOME IMAGE AWARD WINNERS 2016
My good friend Gordon Kennedy called up and asked me to take a few portraits of the actors in his latest ABSOLUTELY radio production, The Break by Ian Brown and James Hendrie.
Starring Alison Steadman, Mark Benton, Shobna Galati, Rasmus Hardier, Tom Palmer and Philip Jackson it is out now on Radio 4, which you can catch up with here: THE BREAK
The Wellcome Image Award winner 2016
BIRTHDAYS, SKINNY PIGS AND RATS…….FEBRUARY 2016
It happened, the half century creeped up on me!
And it doesn’t feel too bad at all!
Not bad at all!
So, here are some funny little creatures called skinny pigs, basically a hairless guinea pig a flat nosed rabbit and some baby rats. Why not…….
And they were ‘nice’ baby rats, not ‘hard nut’ London rats.
(That said I’m not quite convinced enough to have one as a pet.)
Oh, the Greenpeace calendar got Bronze at the Gregor International Calendar Awards, which was nice!
The Greenpeace Magazine Calendar for 2016 gets a Bronze Award at the Gregor International Calendar Award.
CATS AND DOGS AND CATS AND DOGS AND CATS AND DOGS…….JANUARY 2016
And then we hurtled into 2016…….
The New Year, Christmas and a few weeks before, were a blur of parties, drinking too much and eating too much! Quelle surprise!
This year is my fiftieth year on this planet, so I think we might do even a bit more than normal.
So I have organised a family coast to coast walk along Hadrians Wall, a trip up Snowdonia with family and friends and there will be a few more surprises along the way.
(Unfortunately, my London Marathon adventure will be short lived. I signed up at the end of last year and then I run two half marathons in February whilst injured and consequently REALLY injure myself. Doh!!)
Anyway I am writing this at the tail end of March, trying to catch up, so here are some rather nice pics of cat and dogs!
WINTER SOLSTICE, STONEHENGE AND CLEVER PEOPLE…….DECEMBER 2016
Experiencing the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge a few months ago was a real treat, so I thought why not see what the Winter Solstice is all about.
The weather forecast was not great, but my son was keen to go, the others were not so keen! Daniel’s opinion was that, if we didn’t see the sunrise, it wouldn’t matter as it was more about the experience.
I couldn’t have agreed more……. so at 4am on a cold rainy morning we set off for Wiltshire.
Arriving at the new visitor centre at about 6am, we joined a few thousand people for the mile walk down to the stones. By now it was really raining, but the atmosphere was tremendous and it stopped raining once we were let onto the site.
There was lots of banging of drums and various druids vying for attention in the circle.
I noticed a druid dancing around a small mound on the outside of the circle, so we went to see what was happening…….and we joined in.
Kevin was a very nice druid and talked about peace and love and everyone getting on together and then he pointed to a great cloud on the horizon, where the sun should have been rising…….
He was in fact very gentle and before we left I gave him a hug and thanked him. Peace maaaaaan!
I like taking pictures of clever people and I get to take photographs for various University prospectus, so meet lots of clever ‘kids’. They possess such energy and vitality so it is always a pleasure to do.
And then my good friend Cat Sims has started up a new venture called Hustle & Fox, so I took a few portraits of her and her partner Gail.
If you are ever in need of most excellent PR, they are your people!
LLAMA’S, FLUFFY CATS, HANDSOME DOGS AND TATLER MAGAZINE…….NOVEMBER 2015
So, November came and went pretty quick. (Especially when you are writing this in March…)
Those beautiful people at Tatler magazine called up and asked if I would like to take some photographs of animals ‘wearing’ jewellery……
You may remember I had already taken portraits of ‘posh pigeons’ wearing very expensive jewellery for them, so they knew that animals wearing very expensive jewellery, was right up my street!
So, I found myself at Shoreditch studios with a Llama being herded through the door, a fluffy cat being primped and preened, a very handsome Viszla dog (via Adam from the household cavalry) and a very proud rabbit that looked like a hare!
It was a fun days shoot, but unfortunately all came to naught when it turned out another magazine had the same idea and beat us to the post……the swine……