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……
DARWIN’S PIGEONS, EXHIBITIONS AND UTAH…….OCTOBER 2015
And…….we are in October…….!
The advance copies for my book Darwin’s Pigeons were delivered and they look GREAT!
Very excited to get them all here and send them out to all the good people from Kickstarter who have backed the project.
They will arrive in the UK on the 7th December and are available for pre-sale here:
A beautiful book for £15.00, perfect Xmas present if I say so myself!!
In the meantime, I am having a box shipped out to Utah.
Why Utah you may ask…….
Well, a little while ago The Natural History Museum of Utah called up to see if they could use some of my images for an exhibit they are currently staging, on the work Charles Darwin conducted with pigeons.
It is one of their most successful exhibits and they are extending it to the beginning of May 2016.
Here are a few snaps they kindly sent over to me:
DARWIN, BOOKS, GREENPEACE AND CALENDARS…….SEPTEMBER 2015
August merges swiftly into September and new challenges, opportunities and experiences arrive.
The children move onto college and ‘big’ school, the times they are a changing.
My book Darwin’s Pigeons is hovering around getting close and then swooping off again.
You can order it here: ORDER DARWIN’S PIGEONS BOOK
I eventually get my introduction and foreword sorted and am very excited that Prof. Mike D. Shapiro is writing the foreword.
Back in 2009 my images were used in the New York Times to illustrate an article about the work Mike was doing on pigeon genetics, so it is really apt that he is attached to the book.
That is all good, BUT…… the printers are not sending the right wet proofs, so they have to be sent back, we will get there…….I have faith.
In the meantime I mentioned to you about the shoot in Germany a month or so ago.
Well, it was a shoot for German Greenpeace Magazine calendar.
They have kindly sent me a few (boxes) and they look pretty good too.
I don’t want any of the calendars left around, so the first five people who comment below, I will work out a way of sending one to each of you.
You can also buy copies of the calendar here: GERMAN GREENPEACE CALENDAR PHOTOGRAPHED BY ME!
SUMMER, FESTIVALS, TOMATOES AND PASTA…….AUGUST 2015
So I’m back at it and posting this late.
( In fact we are in November now…..)
But, we can’t forget about August, because it was FUN!
Summer holidays for the kids, so when the sun did shine we made the most of it. Paddling pool in the garden, trips to the South Bank and holidays.
The Wilderness Festival was wonderful.
Set in the grounds of Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire, there is a lake where we went swimming every day and basically let the kids roam wild whilst we hung out with friends, listened to music, ate and drank.
It was that good, you will probably see us there again next year.
A bit more of the Capital Ring was walked and we ended up in Crystal Palace.
The Capital Ring is lovely hidden treat, it takes you to places you would never go to (and in some places you would never go back to), but it is always interesting.
And a trip to Tuscany too.
Hilltop villages, ripe tomatoes, pasta a plenty along with pizza, Pisa and wine.
Oh and a bit of fun making light trails.
My neighbours son wanted some help with his GCSE photography work and liked the look of light trails. I have never done any light trails before, but looked up how to do it and we headed off to the local park and made these…….
Light Trail 1
Light Trail 1
Tourists doing the obligatory! (We took their place when they were done…..! And like the above made sure that our hands didn’t align, rebels!)