For those with a literary passion I would highly recommend attending a literary festival. It’s a fantastic chance to meet and mingle with writers and readers, with everyone sharing a same passion – books!
Audience member at the North Cornwall Book Festival.
I was delighted to be asked to photograph the North Cornwall Book Festival, an annual celebration hosted by author Patrick Gale. Amongst the delicious cakes and coffees I was able to photograph some wonderfully creative people including Tiffany Murray, Louisa Young, Matt Haig, John Crace and the Reverend Richard Coles.
It is being held again this October, and once more I will be its photographer. Do come along if you can; there really are some cracking times to be had!
Taken from my personal collection, this is a candid shot of a friend. It is one of my favourites because instead of the focus and grain killing the shot, it adds.
I rarely use flashes in my photography. And whilst there are compromises in some aspects, for my style these are outweighed by the benefits. No-flash means the camera is less obtrusive, allowing for more relaxed shots.
Landscape photography is not my forte. and never will be. There are other hugely talented photographers out there who serve this area with delight and beauty. But occasionally even the most adamant urban photographer can stumble on some nature that takes the breath away!
This morning mist in the village of Porlock attracted my attention because it was mystical and strangely hypnotic. The early mornings are always the best time to catch such moments.
It’s curious how the first is not always the best remembered. Titanic is recalled as much for its opulence as for its tragedy, and yet its companion ship the Olympic was almost identical and had come along a year earlier. I’m sure the Beetles would be the first to admit their American RnB influences.
Balfron Tower, East London
Architecture is much the same. In the much-criticised East London stands the Balfron Tower. Designed in the Brutalist style by Ernő Goldfinger. Predating its slightly larger and younger sister structure the Trellick Tower, it stands as a symbol to me of how forgotten and under-appreciated East London is. For everyone talks about the beauty of Trellick. Sadly few talk about the trailblazer Balfron.
A private commission, the subject is a friend with a most vivacious personality. I loved this picture because it summed up her personality beautifully; observant and filling the space with her laughter.
Saint Michael’s Church in Highgate was a joy to photograph. Its huge windows and high ceilings diffused the bright light giving a fantastic sheen to the finishes shots. The client wanted an informal elegancy to the shots. With such well-dressed guests and beautiful surroundings the remit was well fulfilled!
Guest at christening.
I do love dereliction, not so much as a backdrop but as a subject in itself. These rusting, creaking husks looming out of the Thames were one of the first sets of pictures that I took on my then-new Canon 300D.
Although the shot was taken over a decade ago, those stilts are still there and still derelict! Check them out on Google Maps.
Derelict Pier Near Beckton