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Mayoral Proclamations, 100 year old’s and lots of sheep…….September 2013

MAYORAL PROCLAMATIONS, 100 YEAR OLD’S AND LOTS OF SHEEP…..

Earlier on in the year David Guion from the Dublin Arts Council  called up to talk about another Shifting Perspectives exhibition. We thought the way ahead might be to team up local photographers, with a member of the local Down syndrome community, and for each to each produce a body of work.

So, DAC working with DSACO (Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio) organised for Columbus photographer Shellee Fisher to work with Jennifer Cunningham Fox, Keo Khim to partner with Kyle McKay and Cameron Sharp to create artwork with Shane Roussi and Jeremy Engberg.

He also suggested that I might like to visit Dublin, Ohio again and that…. perhaps…. I could bring my daughter Billie-Jo along. Guess what..I said yes!

I took some portraits of Billie-Jo, and on a day trip to Dungeness, Billie-Jo produced some great shots, which you can see below. We spent a week in Dublin, being spoilt rotten…. again! David and his team are so generous and such great company that it is always easy to visit them and hard to leave. They really have taken Shifting Perspectives to heart, and to see them taking it out into their community, is a wonderful thing for me to see. There were parties for Bill, VIP receptions and the Columbus Buddy Walk, where the gallery staff were ‘Team Billie-Jo’.

The Columbus buddy walk attracts 5’000 people and raises around $300’000 in one day. I facilitated another workshop for a group of young adults who have Down syndrome, but this time they all took photographs of each other and did a great job of it too. We visited Mayor Lecklighter again, at Dublin City Council. He honoured us with another proclamation and as they film each council meeting you can see Billie-Jo (and me) thanking the mayor, at about 5mins 40secs in, HERE.

Last year, the day after flying back I drove down to Cheltenham for a week of Post-Grad brochure shooting, at the University of Gloucestershire. This time it was the week before. They are such good fun down there, we get some great shots and the days rush past. Looking forward to going back again in November.

The day after flying back, the kids are at Hever Castle for their first triathlon. In fact seven cousins take part and really enjoy it. Even the freezing cold open water of the lake doesn’t put them off.  Very proud of our little nine and ten year old.

Whilst in Columbus cafe I spot a Modern Farmer on the magazine rack, with my goat on the front cover. Well………forget the goats, it’s all about the sheep!! Am driving all over the country shooting sheep, but you will have to wait and see.

Oh, and do you know any 100 year old’s? I was shooting for the RNIB at one of their care homes and took some portraits of a 105 year old. I am now taking portraits of people over 100 and am looking for one hundred, 100 year old’s…..so if you have a grandma or aunt who have hit the century…….do tell!

Billie-Jo and friend at schoolBill and friend at school.

Billie-Jo at school

Bill at school

Billie-Jo at karate.

Bill at karate

Bill's Ohio Artwork artworkBill’s photographs for the Ohio exhibition.

DAC Workshop groupDAC Workshop group

University of Gloucestershire

University of Gloucestershire

University of Gloucestershire

University of Gloucestershire

University of Gloucestershire

University of Gloucestershire

University of Gloucestershire

University of Gloucestershire

University of Gloucestershire

University of Gloucestershire

University of Gloucestershire

University of Gloucestershire


Climate Revolution, Vivienne Westwood and YouYou Mentoring…….August 2013

CLIMATE REVOLUTION, VIVIENNE WESTWOOD AND YOUYOU MENTORING

Summer’s still here and is quite brilliant.

Lots of swimming in Lido’s and general running around with the kids.

YOUYOU Mentoring have started a new project with a group of young poets.

We have teamed up with Vivienne Westwood and the Climate Revolution. Five young poets head off to Holborn Studios where they have a poetry masterclass and meet up with Ms Westwood.

Now they go away to work on their poems and it all culminates in a poetry reading event at Keats House in Hampstead at the end of October.

Below is a shot of Vivienne and the young poets, taken by YOUYOU mentee Chloe Thacker assisted and aided by YOUYOU Mentor, and my good friend Adam Lawrence.

On the YOUYOU front, I have Just re-visited this lovely video portrait of Fergus Henderson, shot by Joseph Turpin. Only a minute long, but really very special.

Watch it HERE.     

Climate Revolution Poets

Poppy Turner, Danien Charles, Phil Coales, Pheobe Thomas, Laura O’Driscoll with Dame Vivienne Westwood. Photo by Chloe Thacker.


Pigeons, Summer and Outdoor exhibitions…….July 2013

PIGEONS, SUMMER AND OUTDOOR EXHIBITIONS

Got a call from the Independent on Sunday, saying they would like to show some of my pigeon images in their New Review magazine, in the Portfolio section.

Double-page spread and it looks great!

There is no funding, but I am carrying on with Shifting Perspectives.

Get a call from a wonderfully passionate lady called Sherone who works at Luton Council. She wants to show Shifting Perspectives. So, I pull in a mate to build a new outdoor exhibition and take it up to Luton for their Disability week. It looks great at Stockwood Park and also at Luton library.

Summer’s here!

Inependent on Sunday Pigeon spread

Independent on Sunday, New Review

Luton Disability week

Learning Disability week, Stockwood Park, Luton

Luton Disability week.

Learning Disability week, Stockwood Park, Luton


Triathlons, Tennis and Goats…….June 2013

TRIATHLONS, TENNIS AND GOATS

I’ve moved on from chickens and pigeons…………..and now it’s all about the goats….!

Modern Farmer were so happy with the chickens, they asked me to shoot a variety of different goats for their second issue.

So, there was a lot of fun driving around the country taking photos of all kinds of goats.

We arrived at a small holding in Lincolnshire, where the ‘goat farmers’ told us that there was a kid being born. And there it was, all tiny and gooey, being licked by it’s mother. And then, ten minutes later another one popped out! My assistant, said “well you know what to call them….Richard & Andy”

A few weeks later I received an email from the lovely couple who owned the goats, attaching a few snaps of Richard & Andy, to let me know they were doing remarkably well!

Front cover of Modern Farmer magazine is of a Boer Goat, which reminded me of a gentle Dutch lady during the time of the Renaissance. The Arawapa goat from New Zealand, on the other hand, just looks mental!

We are only doing one triathlon this year and it was at Blenheim palace where we got around relatively quickly, considering the lack of training. It was a good day with lots of money being raised for the brilliant ‘I Can Dance’.

Tennis, well I can’t get enough of it!

Modern-Farmer-cover_Goat

Modern Farmer magazine cover

Arawapa Goat

Arawapa Goat

Angora Goat

Angora Goat

Dwarf Nubian Goat - kid

Nigerian Dwarf Goat – kid

Dwarf Nubian Goat - kid

Nigerian Dwarf Goat – kid

Boer Ram Goat

Boer Ram Goat