Japanese Friends, New Websites, Gender Bending Strawberries and Sushi…….May 2015



It was time for a change, so I have updated my website!

Much easier to look at, images can be clearly seen, all round a good move!

Do go and have a look here:

Go on, go on, go on…….


Whilst we were out in Tokyo last March, we met and made many new friends.

One gentleman who came to the Shifting Perspectives exhibition was the renowned photographer and Nikon Ambassador Mr Nabato.

He was so taken by the exhibition that he decided to do some work concerned with Special Needs, so much so that I will be collaborating with him on an exhibition for next year.

When visiting the UK last year he popped in to see us with his assistant Ayumi Kobayashi and her brother Yuki.

Ayumi was back again this year with her wonderful parents to see Yuki’s first one man show and we met up at Sushi-Say, THE best Sushi restaurant in London!!

Yuki Kobayashi is a performance artist currently studying at the Royal College of Art.

His work is amazing, extraordinary, wild, unexpected, strange, everything art should be…….and he will go onto HUGE things in the art world.

(The photos below were not taken by me and are copyright of YUKI KOBAYASHI.)

Yuki Kobayashi

Yuki Kobayashi – New Gender Bending Strawberry

Yuki Kobayashi

Yuki Kobayashi – New Gender Bending Strawberry

Yuki Kobayashi

Yuki Kobayashi – New Gender Bending Strawberry

Yuki Kobayashi

Yuki Kobayashi – Samurai Prostitute

Nice people and being VisAble…….April 2015


So, I’m running a bit late again and writing this at the beginning of June!

April went by double quick, but nice things happened and nice people were met.

(Quite) A few years ago I published a book called ‘The Road to Glory – A portrait of Britain’s Paralympians‘ and over the years have kept in touch with some of the athletes.

One of them, Kevin Davids decided he wanted to be an actor, so I took a few shots of him and he signed up with VisAble, a model agency run by Louise Dyson.

VisAble only has people with a ‘disability’ of some kind or another on it’s books and Kevin has done well, you may have seen him recently in Coronation Street, where he plays Dave Hanlon.

Louise asked if Billie-Jo would like to go on the books and we thought why not, it could be a bit of a laugh. And it is quite a laugh, because you might have seen Billie-Jo (and me!) in a SKY Movies advert on the TV……..or even several feet high at the cinema!! (Click on link or scroll down.)

And in a roundabout way that is how Leslie Ash called up to see if I would take a few portrait shots of her.

Many of you will remember Leslie from Quadrophenia and ‘Men Behaving Badly’.

She has had a ‘bit of a time of it’ over the last few years, but has a great spirit and it was a real pleasure to spend the day with her.

Leslie Ash

Leslie Ash

Leslie Ash

Leslie Ash

Did I mention we did it…….March 2015


I don’t think I mentioned we did it?

Well…..we did it.

Darwin’s Pigeons is 100% funded and I am in the process of sorting out the final design and printing of the book. All very exciting and a huge big thank you to all the generous backers on Kickstarter.

I can’t wait to start sending out all the books and prints.

In the meantime……. there was a partial solar eclipse in London. I got all excited, but it was cloudy and all a bit of a damp squib.

I was excited because I have been lucky enough to see two total solar eclipses, one in Northern Paraguay and the other in Cornwall and it is quite the most extraordinary and beautiful thing anyone can witness. You really can imagine our ancestors believing the end of the world had come!

There was the Wellcome Trust photographic awards evening, which as usual was a good do with some great photographs on display. I spent the evening chatting to the winner, Michael Frank, whose images stood out from the crowd as they really are very moving and technically brilliant at the same time.

And there was a bit of fun at the RNIB, for their April Fools campaign.

Guide cats!

We tried to photograph three cats wearing RNIB ‘jackets’ and one on a lead. Great cats…….but not sure the RNIB will be trying to train them up anytime soon!!

And…….the Posh Pigeons keep being used. So far, Tatler Russia, Vogue China and now Vogue Taiwan.

Cats for the blind

Pigeons wearing jewellery

Vogue Tawain

Pigeons wearing jewellery

Vogue Tawain

Kickstarter, Darwin’s Pigeons…….half way there!

Kickstarter, Darwin’s Pigeons…….half way there!

Well, it is all very exciting.

A third of the way through the ‘life’ of the project and we are half way funded.

But, if the amount pledged is not 100%, then no monies are taken and it is back to the drawing board.

There is only 11 days to go, so if you are able to ‘spread the word’ please do.

Here is the link:

Fancy Pigeon

Very Bright People and Very Funny People…….February 2015


Baroness Helena Kennedy QC is the very bright person


Cydney Scout Bailey is the very funny person!

(Though I’m sure Baroness Kennedy is very funny too.)

SOAS, the School of Oriental and African Studies is chock full of very clever students and occasionally they get me in to take photographs for their prospectus’, which I thoroughly enjoy.

This time though, they called me in to take a very quick portrait of their President, Baroness Helena Kennedy QCBaroness Kennedy is one of Britain’s most distinguished lawyers. She has spent her professional life giving voice to those who have least power within the system, championing civil liberties and promoting human rights.

I’m a big fan of hers, so it was pleasure to meet her and to take her photograph.

And then…….there is my daughter Cyd.

She makes me laugh all the time, she has funny bones.

I’m always taking photographs of our kids and I particularly liked this one of her shaking her head.

Oh…….and don’t forget I am still looking for ‘pledges’ for my book ‘Darwin’s pigeons’, which I am crowd-funding through Kickstarter.

You can see it here: Darwin’s pigeons book on Kickstarter. 

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

Small girl with blonde hair shaking head

Young girl looking in car window

Darwin’s Pigeon’s book…….?!


As many of you might know I have been taking photographs of animals for various magazines over the past few years. This all stemmed from the portraits of the pigeons I took back in 2009.

I have been thinking about collating all the images into a book for a long time now, when someone suggested that I should try ‘crowd-funding’ as a way to get the book printed.

So, that is what I have done!

The book is all designed and ready to go.

It looks great and I’m really pleased with it.

If you are interested and would like to be a part of this project (or know someone who might want to be) click on the link below to see what it is all about!


Fancy Pigeon
Fancy Pigeon

Fancy Pigeon

Fancy Pigeon

Fancy Pigeon

Fancy Pigeon

Fancy Pigeon

Fancy Pigeon

Fancy Pigeon

Fancy Pigeon

Swimming into the New Year…….January 2015


Oooops….it’s March already and I’m having to backdate the blog.

New Years resolution…again….to keep up with things!!!

I’m going to keep it short and sweet here, so just a few fun things.

Our kids, swim, swim and then swim some more, so when the club that they attend asked me to take a few snaps for their new website, who was I say to no.

I’m not a sport’s photographer, but we had a lot of fun anyway!

My friend Gordon from Absolutely Productions called up to see if I could take a few shots of the actors in the latest radio play he was producing.

The play was called ‘Reluctant Persuaders’ , a 4 part sitcom written by Edward Rowett. The cast were Nigel Havers, Mathew Baynton, Rasmus Hardiker and the wonderful Josie Lawrence.

Josie Lawrence, I’ve always had a soft spot for and as you would probably imagine, she is as gorgeous and as beautiful as ever.

Anyway fun, fun, fun!

Girl flicking hair in swimming pool

Girl flicking hair in swimming pool

Swimmer coming to camera

Portrait of Josie Lawrence

Josie Lawrence


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