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:
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 QC. Baroness 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
‘DARWIN’S PIGEONS’ 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!
SWIMMING INTO THE NEW YEAR…….
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!
IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME…….
So, last month Tatler magazine dropped through the door with Posh pigeons wearing £250’000 necklaces and then interior design companies from New York were buying ‘huge’ prints of sheep for loft apartments in Manhattan.
I have sorted out my print sale site and so far so good! The image below is the favourite and guess what……. you still have time to order a print for Christmas!!!
Wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas and wonderful New Year, peace, health, happiness and may all your dreams come true.
On that note, those good people at St Mungo’s Broadway are ALWAYS hard at work helping those in a less fortunate position than ourselves, and never more so than at Christmas time. It’s always a privilege to work with them.
So, a couple of months ago I got a call from the lovely Hannah at Tatler, to ask if I would like to take photographs of some pigeons wearing very expensive jewellery…….
Of course, I said yes.
And here they are!!
HEAR MY VOICE…….SEPTEMBER 2014
It’s obvious…….isn’t it?
That people with a learning disability should be treated with the same respect as everybody else? That people with a learning disability should have the same quality of healthcare, education and support in life as anyone else?
But……they don’t always get it.
Back in March I travelled around the country with the fabulous team from MENCAP, to take photographs for their ‘Hear My Voice’ campaign. We listened to stories told by people who have a learning disability and also stories from friends and families of those with a learning disability.
We heard stories from people like Kelly, who has been the victim of bullying for many, many years. If we or our children had to deal with some of the abuse and torment that she had gone through, we would have expected the police to have taken it seriously.
But, because she has a learning disability, somehow the police view her abuse as less important.
Words like ‘retard’ or ‘mong’, which are starting to creep back in to the playground, are seen as ‘funny’ and harmless, but, these are not affectionate terms, they are terms of abuse and it is a quick step from the playground to use on the street.
Over half of disabled people in the UK have experienced hostility, aggression or violence from a stranger because of their disability. In the last two years there were 124,000 disability hate crimes. Only 1% resulted in prosecutions.
Kelly is harassed daily and the police tell her to “just ignore it.” Would you……just ignore it?
You can see Kelly’s story HERE:
Mencap Manifesto HERE:
Or, Simon who had spent 15 months at the notorious Winterbourne View where he was abused and neglected. Or, Jayne and Jonathon, whose brother Paul died of neglect in hospital, because his life wasn’t valued.
Every year 1,200 people with a learning disability die avoidably in the NHS. People like Paul.
Mencap work in partnership with people with a learning disability, and all their services support people to live life as they choose.
People with a learning disability aged 18 or over have the same legal rights and freedoms as anyone else and that includes the same right to vote. In the 2015 general election we will all decide who will run our country for the next five years.
Now, there are 1.4 million people with a learning disability in the UK and millions more who are connected to them in someway and that is a huge amount of people who have the chance to speak up together and tell our future mp’s what matters!