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Day Trips to Paris, New York Pigeons and Osaka…….February 2013

 

DAY TRIPS TO PARIS, NEW YORK PIGEONS AND OSAKA…..

Paris isn’t that far!

It’s birthday time of year, so we jumped onto the Eurostar at St.Pancras, wandered through Place De La Concorde, had dinner on the Eiffell Tower and sauntered back via the Arc de Triomphe. Home by 9.30. Really very Tres Bon!

My pigeons hit New York. Well The New York Times. They were running a piece on genetics, (why I started taking photographs of pigeons in the first place) and called to ask if they could use some of my photos. Well, since then, everyone is after them. And not just the pigeons, the chickens too!

Modern Farmer magazine is a brand new magazine and they are running a piece on fancy chickens and I’m very proud to say that they are putting one of my cocks on their cover! All under wraps until the first issue comes out in April, but he is a very handsome chap, and you will see him soon. In the meantime here are some of his friends below.

Chicken photos are clearly the way ahead…… so decide to build a website for them. Still a few more to put up, but here they are: fancypoultry.co.uk

 I have mentioned the RNIB before and will do again now. No images to show, but I have been taking photographs in their residential homes for a number of years. The level of care is just outstanding and the young people, who over the years I have seen growing up, are looked after so well, it always makes me think how lucky they were to be born here in the UK.

YOUYOU Mentoring had a masterclass held by HarleyMoon Kemp at Holborn Studios. Harley is a wonderful young photographer, who is producing some great work. She has been mentoring a young person and they photographed Tyler James and her dad Martin Kemp. A big thanks to all of them for giving of their time so freely.

Looking forward to March 20th when we have a retrospective of the Shifting Perspectives work from 2005-2012. We will be taking over the gallery@oxo and three floors of The Bargehouse.  Also, sending work out to Canada and designing boards for an exhibition in Osaka Japan.

Black German Lanshun

Black Lanshun Cockerel

Buff Orpington

Buff Orpington

Light Brown Dutch Bantam Hen

Light Brown Dutch Bantam Hen

Blue Part Dutch Cockerel

Blue Part Dutch Cockerel

And…….big sigh……a snap of my neighbours Boxer puppy, Monty Dog.

Monty Dog

Monty Dog


Cold and wet and long…….January 2013

COLD AND WET AND LONG…….

Arrived back from Kenya on New Years Day to a really wonderfully warm reception from our neighbours.

And then….. January was pretty much cold and miserable.

There were though, OF COURSE, a few things to liven the spirits.

A call from an actor friend, Paddy O’ Kane, who had moved out of town and I hadn’t seen for ages.

He is a wonderful actor of stage and screen, having been part of the Royal National Theatre, where he appeared in The Playboy of the Western World and Peer Gynt, and the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he played the title role in Macbeth. (You may also have seen him in Game of Thrones.)

The last thing I saw him in was War Horse in the West End and recently he has been working in his native Belfast.Anyways, he pops round and we take a few snaps.

(Forgot to say he has just released a book “Actor’s Voices” a series of conversations with modern actors( Oberon Press 2012 )

Braved the cold night air to go to a few Private Views, including the brilliant Emer Gillespie, who is one of the Shifting Perspectives photographers. Emer has her work on display at The V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green.

Also, did a little talk at City College Brighton, for Roy Mehta‘s students. It was rather nice, as I got to have lunch with another old friend, who has his design group in Brighton.

Paddy-O'Kane

Paddy O'Kane

Paddy O'Kane

'Picture You, Picture Me' - Emer Gillespie

©Emer Gillespie

'Picture You, Picture Me' - Emer Gillespie

©Emer Gillespie

'Picture You, Picture Me' - Emer Gillespie

©Emer Gillespie

Playing pool with the Masai

Playing pool with the Masai. ©Fiona Bailey

Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Amboseli National Park, Kenya. ©Fiona Bailey

The Rift Valley

The Rift Valley. ©Fiona Bailey

Curious Elephant, Amboseli national Park, Kenya

Curious Elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya