PC Portraits

All over London (and Romford!) recently to photograph Police Constables nominated for bravery awards. Some fairly harrowing tales as to some of their nominations, hats off (and caps on) to them all.


Alexanders

Twenty years ago my good friend Alex started a man and a van removals service, so it was a pleasure to be at the opening of his new Heathrow warehouse and see his removals and storage business thriving, along with the great and the good of the industry and their local MP Ruth Cadbury. Artist Penny Linton cut the ribbon and unveiled her artwork, to bring some colour to the warehouse. Happy 20 years Alex!


Covid Mobile Testing Lab

After the majority of 2020-21 with work coming to a standstill for long periods, how appropriate to (finally!) update the blog with a few pics from a recent shoot of a Covid-19 mobile testing facility for Film & TV, an industry where rigorous testing protocols still apply. A whole new industry has sprung up on the back of the pandemic. 





12 years is an aeon in politics..

With Party Conference season in full swing, and PM Theresa May due to give her headline speech in Manchester today, I’ve been digging through my archives.  It’s been over 12 years since I spent an hour with her out on the general election campaign trail in her Windsor constituency  (converted to mono for that retro news pic feel!).  She was a lowly Shadow Secretary of State when I took these for The Times, Blair’s ‘New’ Labour was returned with a comfortable, albeit vastly reduced majority, for his 3rd term as PM. The result was never really in doubt, and I remember thinking at the time that May was of a generation of Tories that, by the time they next see power, would have shuffled off to the House of Lords and private sector consultancy work.. turns out what do I know?!




The power of a still image

In these days of ubiquitous video content, yesterday’s front pages are a tragic reminder of the power a still image still has to influence public opinion and consequently government policy.




Framing the view: stock image featured in Picfair’s pick of the week

As well as my commissioned work, I have a small selection of images in various stock libraries. Pleased to see some of my weekend work featured in Picfair’s pic of the week. An image of skydivers from inside the plane, just before jumping into a Kenyan sunset… good times!


See all my stock images on alamy.com and a smaller selection now with picfair.com. A mixed bag of skydiving, travel, education and news images (all available to licence!).






Scccrrrrrreeam if you want to go faster!!!

To Margate last Friday for Dreamland, the UK’s original seaside pleasure park which re-opened to the public, for all the fun of the fair!

Round and round on the swings:


..and rockets..:

Then while Vic Reeves did a stint on the hook-a-duck stall..

I went round and round on the gallopers with his wife Nancy and their adorable twin daughters..

..then after some more round and round as well as some up and down..

Everybody went home for tea, tired but happy.


5 minute portrait

Enjoying my work covering events for The Guardian - I get to hear some really interesting discussions and debates on everything from Is free will an illusion? with Will Self and John Gray, to last night, Gilbert & George discussing their work with Hans Ulrich Obrist. Often briefed to get a portrait of the participants, given the time and locations available that’s not always easy… here’s a portrait of George Monbiot and George Marshall who discussed Climate Change recently at Kings Place, London. They were kind enough to give me enough time to take them outside (5 minutes - including travel!), so we found a side alley and we made this portrait.

 


She’s got an eye for detail…

Photographed a VIP preview at The Natural History Museum last week, styled by my talented and generally wonderful sister at Friedrich Events. Here’s some detail from the tables in the drinks reception area, echoing the title of exhibition; Coral Reefs. Being the Natural History Museum, maybe a dinosaur crept in too…



Anyone for a kickabout??

A bit more competitive than a kickabout actually, at Street League’s annual 5-a-side fundraising tournament last week. 20 teams from the banks and financial organisations in Canary Wharf competed in a knockout competiton for kudos and the chance to have the trophy presented to them by surprise guest and Arsenal legend Lee Dixon. Great to meet him and hear stories from the glory days… :) High intensity work shooting all the matches, team shots and set-ups required, all under challenging sports centre lighting.



Sabbatical at The Children’s Village, Kenya

Early 2014 saw me spend some time in Kenya, volunteering at The Children’s Village, an orphanage in Naivasha, North West of Nairobi. As well building a photography library, adding content to their website and facebook page, I helped out with day to day operations and spent as much time as possible with the children, whether that was taking them running (or rather they took me!), time in the library, working the shamba (vegetable patch), or just hanging out having fun. A really rewarding experience, I can’t wait to go back and see how they’re getting on as they grow up. Here’s a few pics of the children at work and play

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