Wet Parrots, Rare Breeds and Highland Cattle…….May 2017

 

WET PARROTS, RARE BREEDS AND HIGHLAND CATTLE…….MAY 2017

 

Back to the animals and a trip down to see Michael the parrot man.

It was a bit of a wet day and Michael, who takes in unwanted and sometimes neglected parrots, was cleaning the cages outside, so by the time we came to shoot the birds they were all a bit soggy!

It was a bit of a brighter day when I went to visit Jamie Brewer at the Pointers farm in Bucks.

Jamie is passionate about farming and rare breeds. He has Middle White Pigs, Hampshire Down Sheep and pedigree Longhorn and Highland cattle. The small farm is just perfect and the animals are treated with the utmost respect and care by Jamie who regularly wins awards for his cattle.

I had met Jamie a few years previously when I had taken a portrait of one of his Highland cows at a show in Herefordshire, for Modern Farmer magazine.

The highland cattle inquisitive and very shaggy, are of course quite beautiful to look at, especially as they laze about in a lush Buckinghamshire field.

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Funny People, Portfolios and Spring Sprunging…….April 2017

 

FUNNY PEOPLE, PORTFOLIOS AND SPRING SPRUNGING!…….APRIL 2017

 

Spring has sprung so I decided to get a portfolio printed up.

I haven’t had a portfolio for many, many years and I hope that this one will actually see the light of day and be taken to see people. I’m not the best at calling people to see if they want to see my folder!

The very clever Marc and Matt at MPrint have done an amazing job printing it double sided and I almost don’t want anyone to touch it, as it looks so beautiful.

The wonderful Cathy Robert has made the folder and case and it looks just perfect! I had my last folder made by Cathy well over ten years ago!

I have had the portfolio printed because I wanted to show my animal portraits, but as usual it is people that I photograph the most.

These guys are the cast of a new BBC comedy show called More Money Than Sense and are: Andy Zaltzman, Dominic Frisby and Shazia Mirza.

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Young love, college and friendships…….March 2017

 

YOUNG LOVE, COLLEGE AND FRIENDSHIPS…….MARCH 2017

 

I started ‘going out’ with my wife 31 years ago!

We were both on the same photography degree course at art college in Harrow, now Westminster Uni. At the beginning of 1986, about 15 of us from the course went on a three month exchange trip to study at the Bezalel college of art in Jerusalem.

It was a fabulous time, not least because it was just before the first intifada which meant that we could happily hang about in the old city eating falafel and drinking mint tea.

Myself and Fiona hitched all over Israel and came back with many fond memories of the people that we met and friendships that have remained to this day. Including, of course, the woman who is still my best friend and who I love more every day.

We all took a lot of photographs of each other and it looks like I didn’t mind having my photograph taken!!!! (Here are a few phone snaps from the album.)

When we were young…..

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Israel trip 1986_05Me and Fiona at my surprise 21st Birthday.

And just a couple more of me posing……..

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Birthdays, The Theatre and Absolutely…….February 2017

BIRTHDAYS, THE THEATRE AND ABSOLUTELY…….FEBRUARY 2017

 

It seems as though the only time we go to the theatre is if someone asks us, it’s a birthday or if we know someone in the play. This time it was our good friend Nick Kahn, who was in the brilliant West End stage production of The Kite Runner.

It was great to see him up there doing his thing and we also got to see him in a production of Mice and Men at the Regents Park open air theatre later this year, which was a real treat.

Photography wise I was back with those funny folk from Absolutely.

Absolutely was a comedy sketch show which ran for four series on Channel 4 between 1989 and 1994, with Moray Hunter, Jack Docherty, Peter Baikie, Gordon Kennedy, Morwenna Banks and John Sparkes.

The team have come back together for four new episodes airing on Radio 4.

You will have seen Gordon Kennedy in many things, most recently though he has an ‘interesting’ and eye watering part at the beginning Trainspotting 2!

 

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Roosters, Awards and ‘After the Fact’…….January 2017

 

ROOSTERS, AWARDS, AND ‘AFTER THE FACT’…….JANUARY 2017

 

So this is slightly odd…..because I am writing this at the end of January 2018!

My to do list throughout the whole of last year was to write for this blog…….but, stuff happens and it drops down the list. I am nothing if not tenacious though and if I say I am going to do something, then I will!

So I am going to whistle through the next twelve months with a few snippets of what happened here and there.

So, this year started off nicely with a call from the Foreword Indies, who let me know my book Darwin’s Pigeons had won an award in their yearly competition.

Well, thank you very much!

There were trips up to Birmingham for the University of Law and it was also Chinese New Year.

The year of the Rooster! (Or Cockerel if you are British.)

Chinatown in London is a vibrant, exciting and busy place at any time of the year, but during the celebrations in really comes alive.

I was down there taking general mood and atmosphere shots for a company that owns a lot of central London, including Gerard Street.

As you can see it gets VERY busy, but is all great fun and a wonderful atmosphere.

I was also in the area getting general shots of the evening nightlife and going all Nighthawks by Edward Hopper!!!

 

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Hippies, Dippies, Druids and Dancing…….December 2016

HIPPIES, DIPPIES, DRUIDS AND DANCING…….DECEMBER 2016

The Winter Solstice at Stonehenge last year was a real treat, so I thought why not go again this year!

The weather forecast wasn’t great, but my son was keen to go, the others were not so keen! The 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 wet 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. 

The atmosphere was certainly different this year. Last year there was lots of banging of drums and various druids vying for attention in the circle, whereas this year the ladies in red (?) managed to take over and occupy the centre of the circle. It was a lot calmer. ‘My’ druid from last year, Kevin, was here again. He wasn’t on great form unfortunately and was on his phone for a lot of the time! Apparently he was a bit tired from being at Avebury the previous evening and couldn’t compete with the ladies in red. Shame as we would have joined in with him!

The strange but wonderful accordion playing, dancing, whirligig was there again. I do love him!

During the Winter and Summer Solstice everyone is allowed to walk among the stones. Knowing their history and how ancient they are really does imbue them with a certain energy and so it is quite a treat to be able to touch them.

A cynical mystic, that’s me!

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Flooding and Gold Awards…….November 2016

FLOODING AND GOLD AWARDS…….NOVEMBER 2016

It was  a pretty mild start to the Winter season, but no doubt the rain will come, so a shoot for the Environment Agency  was called upon.  #floodwarning!

A nice studio in the hinterlands of Park Royal and a visit to the amazing SuperHire, where you can get ANYTHING you can imagine as a prop.

Oh, and if you still have your Greenpeace calendar hanging on the wall, I won a Gold Award in the PX3 Photographic competition. Which was nice!

The calendar was designed by Fons Hickman

German Greenpeace Magazine Calendar 2016