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Owls, Horses And A New Agent…….October 2018

 

OWLS, HORSES AND A NEW AGENT…….OCTOBER 2018

 

October gets off to a great start.

I went to see a photographers agent called Mark Gibson, with my animal portraits.

He liked my work, I liked him a lot and now he is representing me!

He has just launched his new website which you can see here:

www.markgibsonphotography.com

Mark is great, his website is great, his photographers are all great…….in fact it’s all great!

I am looking forward to working with him and producing some beautiful images of animals…….and of course the odd human.

In the meantime, I have been working on a project with horses and visited some stables in Sussex.

Can’t show you the project images yet, but here are some of the out-takes along with some quite

wonderful owls I also photographed recently.

 

 


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.

Highland cow in a field of buttercupsHighland cow in a fieldHighland cow in a field of buttercupsEnglish Longhorn cow in a meadowEnglish Longhorn cow and calf.Middle White sowA female Eclectus parrot with wet feathersA female Eclectus parrot with wet feathersA blue-crowned conureA blue-crowned conurePortrait of an African Grey Parrot with feather lossPortrait of an African Grey Parrot with feather loss


Birthdays, Skinny Pigs and Rats…….February 2016

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.)

What else.

Oh, the Greenpeace calendar got Bronze at the Gregor International Calendar Awards, which was nice!

Flat nosed rabbitRatBaby ratBaby ratSkinny pigSkinny pigWhite mouse

White mouse

White mous

Baby ratFlat nosed rabbit

Greenpeace Calendar

The Greenpeace Magazine Calendar for 2016 gets a Bronze Award at the Gregor International Calendar Award.


Darwin’s Pigeons, Exhibitions and Utah…….October 2015

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:

PRE-ORDER / BUY MY BOOK DARWIN’S PIGEONS BY CLICKING THIS LINK!

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:

Natural Histroy Museum of Utah, Darwin's Pigeons exhibition

Natural History Museum of Utah, Darwin’s Pigeons exhibition

Natural Histroy Museum of Utah Darwin's Pigeons exhibition

Natural History Museum of Utah Darwin’s Pigeons exhibition

Natural History Museum of Utah Darwin's Pigeons exhibition

Natural History Museum of Utah Darwin’s Pigeons exhibition

Natural Histroy Museum of Utah Darwin's Pigeons exhibition

Natural History Museum of Utah Darwin’s Pigeons exhibition

Natural Histroy Museum of Utah Darwin's Pigeons exhibition

Natural History Museum of Utah Darwin’s Pigeons exhibition

Natural History Museum of Utah, Darwin's Pigeons exhibition

Natural History Museum of Utah, Darwin’s Pigeons exhibition

 


Darwin, Books, Greenpeace and Calendars…….September 2015

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!

German Greenpeace Magazine Calendar 2016

German Greenpeace Magazine Calendar 2016

German Greenpeace Magazine Calendar 2016

German Greenpeace Magazine Calendar 2016

German Greenpeace Magazine Calendar 2016

German Greenpeace Magazine Calendar 2016

German Greenpeace Magazine Calendar 2016

German Greenpeace Magazine Calendar 2016

German Greenpeace Magazine Calendar 2016

German Greenpeace Magazine Calendar 2016

German Greenpeace Magazine Calendar 2016

German Greenpeace Magazine Calendar 2016

German Greenpeace Magazine Calendar 2016

German Greenpeace Magazine Calendar 2016


Farm Animals, Parrots and Dragons…….July 2015

FARM ANIMALS, PARROTS AND DRAGONS…….JULY 2015

At the beginning of the year I had a call from a well known environmental charity asking if I would like to shoot their calendar for next year. Of course, I jumped at the chance and spent a very enjoyable four days in Germany taking photographs of rare German farm animals. We spent a night in Hamburg, which is a very cool city. Young and irreverent and full of graffiti!

If you visit you will see a lot of tags of smiley faces, spirals or just ‘Oz’. This tagging was done by the ‘legendary’ Walter Josef Fischer—known in Hamburg as OZ. He had reputedly tagged his name, signature smiley faces and spirals more than 120,000 times around the city since 1977. He died last year at the age of 64, after being hit by a train(!), doing what he loved, tagging.

I can’t show you any of the images from the shoot yet, but they look great and the design of the calendar is great too.

I can though, show you some of the parrots and dragons I have been shooting, and here they are:

Greater Sulphur Crested Cockatoo_RB_32

A Greater Sulphur Crested Cockatoo

Greater Sulphur Crested Cockatoo_RB_08

A Greater Sulphur Crested Cockatoo

Green Winged Macaw_RB_19

A Green Winged Macaw

Green Winged Macaw_RB_26

A Green Winged Macaw

Ring Necked Parakeet_RB_09

A Ring Necked Parakeet

Ring Necked Parakeet_RB_03

A Ring Necked Parakeet

Black Headed Caique Parrot_RB_14

A Black Headed Caique

Black Headed Caique Parrot_RB_21

A Black Headed Caique

Sun Conure_RB_08

A Sun Conure

Sun Conure_RB_22

A Sun Conure

African Grey Parrot

An African Grey Parrot

Greater Sulphur Crested Cockatoo_RB_03

A Greater Sulphur Crested Cockatoo

Ring Necked Parakeet_RB_15

A Ring Necked Parakeet

Bearded Dragon_RB_45

A Bearded Dragon

Bearded Dragon_RB_26

A Bearded Dragon and last but not least, and starting to pass a striking resemblance…….

Richard Bailey Portrait


Did I mention we did it…….March 2015

DID I MENTION WE DID IT…….MARCH 2015

I don’t think I mentioned we did it?

Well…..we did it.

Darwin’s Pigeons is 100% funded and I am in the process of sorting out the final design and printing of the book. All very exciting and a huge big thank you to all the generous backers on Kickstarter.

I can’t wait to start sending out all the books and prints.

In the meantime……. there was a partial solar eclipse in London. I got all excited, but it was cloudy and all a bit of a damp squib.

I was excited because I have been lucky enough to see two total solar eclipses, one in Northern Paraguay and the other in Cornwall and it is quite the most extraordinary and beautiful thing anyone can witness. You really can imagine our ancestors believing the end of the world had come!

There was the Wellcome Trust photographic awards evening, which as usual was a good do with some great photographs on display. I spent the evening chatting to the winner, Michael Frank, whose images stood out from the crowd as they really are very moving and technically brilliant at the same time.

And there was a bit of fun at the RNIB, for their April Fools campaign.

Guide cats!

We tried to photograph three cats wearing RNIB ‘jackets’ and one on a lead. Great cats…….but not sure the RNIB will be trying to train them up anytime soon!!

And…….the Posh Pigeons keep being used. So far, Tatler Russia, Vogue China and now Vogue Taiwan.

Cats for the blind

Pigeons wearing jewellery

Vogue Tawain

Pigeons wearing jewellery

Vogue Tawain


Kickstarter, Darwin’s Pigeons…….half way there!

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:

Fancy Pigeon


Darwin’s Pigeon’s book…….?!

‘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!

DARWIN’S PIGEONS BOOK ON THE CROWD-FUNDING SITE KICKSTARTER!

Fancy Pigeon
Fancy Pigeon

Fancy Pigeon

Fancy Pigeon

Fancy Pigeon

Fancy Pigeon

Fancy Pigeon

Fancy Pigeon

Fancy Pigeon

Fancy Pigeon












It’s Christmas time…….December 2014

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!!!

http://www.richardbaileyprintsales.com

Wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas and wonderful New Year, peace, health, happiness and may all your dreams come true.

Part Dutch Bantam

 

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.

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