What a pleasure to leave the DSLR at home for a few days. With a group of students at Paris Photo it feels good to shoot on film for a while. Olympus Trip camera and Pentax K1000 – very simple, basic, reliable gear. Kodak Tri-X film for its good, solid contrast. Sad though that France, while simultaneously celebrating world photography in Paris Photo, has radically altered the manner in which it allows photographers to operate, particularly in the street. With its […]
I am pleased to share this short film of ‘the making of’ my installation at Acklam Village – produced by the wonderful team at DigitalWorks; the film explores the context behind the show and its conception. The ‘Orphans’ project uses and presents historical photos of local people installed at epic scale on the walls of the Westway Flyover. Oh, and there’s still time to catch the installation at Acklam Village each weekend! To read more about the ‘Orphans’ installation see […]
Limited edition handmade packs of 16 postcards featuring figures extracted from Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea archive council survey photographs – Circa 1970. Figures originally installed at epic size underneath the Westway Flyover, Portobello Road, London, W11 in 2014. Product Details Copyright Steve Mepsted (Standard Copyright License) Edition: 50 Cards: 16 x 350gsm Silk Artboard. A6 Size. Print: Black and White. Packaging: Black card envelope in matte finish, string and washer closure. FRONT: Artist-designed title card, handwritten signature, date […]
‘White Collar Boxing’ is a strange phenomenon – think ‘Fight Club’-inspired bored bankers and city boys ‘n’ girls wishing to let off some steam and perhaps fix a rivalry or two. All done in the time-honoured fashion of smashing each other in the face with padded gloves in a ring while your friends urge you forwards from the side. Of course there is more to it than that, including a fair smattering of controversy. A good article can be found HERE I recently […]
Last night I’m back at the excitingly-grungy nether-world Acklam Village Bar 58 under the Westway Flyover in rainy Portobello. I have had a few (mis)adventures shooting here (see this previous post) But tonight I am here to photograph a band and their friends, celebrating their lead singers’ 60th Birthday. The Dirty Strangers – are a garage pub-rock band in the best of British tradition and happen to be good friends with ‘Keef’ Richards and Ronnie Wood. We were later treated to a […]
SEE THE SHOW CATALOGUE ON ISSUU HERE: HIDDEN RIVERS CATALOGUE Private View Thursday 17th July – 6.30pm – 9.00pm Show Open Friday 18th July – Thursday 24th July Opening Times 10.00am – 4.00pm (Monday to Friday) Please use the form below if you should have any questions about the show.
Recently I have been running some street photography workshops in London for Photoion Photography School and developing some project briefs on street photography practice for Level 3 students in Photography at Kensington and Chelsea College. Teaching these sessions has been an interesting experience and I thought I would write some blog posts sharing some thoughts and pictures from my practice. This is the first post and I will be offering you some more in the future. In this post I will […]
The lovely Mags Di Ceglie (re)photographed in her wedding dress (and Converse Trainers) Enjoying the chance to slip her dress on again (well it’s too good to wear just the once!) we headed off to the studio, and the studio roof, to take some shots. A big, huge thanks to her for graciously acting as my model for a series of wedding photography website shots. We had a fun time!
A NIGHT OF 70’S PUNK IN A POST-PUNK SETTING Acklam Village Market really does have it all on a plate for the weekend adventurist. Situated in a semi-underworld, below the rumbling roads of the Westway Flyover, a new world presents itself: a great variety of international street grub is served up from bright and friendly stalls, which snake from the entrance off the busy weekend Portobello Road Market. Your food can be eaten at high tables surrounded by urban art works sprayed and […]
Going through some old work I found these photographs I made of paintings I executed between 2003-2005. My Mother died, at too young an age, in early 2003 and I find it incredible that while I was painting these images I was not consciously aware of the themes they seem to explore. I obviously needed to get something out of my system. I feel that one of the joys of art-making is the physical manifestation of the subconscious; sometimes one […]
Its 5.19am July 6th 2012 and the Amtrak train I boarded in Kingman four hours earlier pulls into the tiny town of Flagstaff, AZ. The conductor has woken me and I, along with ten other passengers, quietly leave the carriage so as not to disturb the seeping forms around us. The sun is just beginning to light up the sky, birds stir into song and a tall 1950’s Motel sign (Rooms $5) is revealed near the side of the tracks, […]
I am very happy to announce the End of Year Show of a fabulous bunch of students from Kensington and Chelsea College’s National Diploma in Photography. I have had a lot of fun teaching this group this year and the show is well worth a visit. You can find the catalogue HERE
Categories: EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS
Last Summer in New York I took a trip to the International Center of Photography near Times Square to see a retrospective exhibition of Weegee’s work. Although the title of the show is “Murder is my Business” I find there is much more to Weegee’s legacy than oily prints of bloodied corpses. The deaths and disasters, photographed after chasing the police radio messages relayed to his van, are a frontispiece to a surprising array of interests which included film making. Weegees van also doubled […]
How To Improve Your PowerPoint Presentations This funny little gem of a video takes a lighthearted but essential look at the ubiquity of the Powerpoint and the maddening misuse of it. Follow the link below and please follow the advice given – for the sake of us all! “The term ‘Bullet Point’ means holding a gun to the heads of bad Powerpoint presenters everywhere”
On the first Sunday of each February around 70 clowns (and 500 photographers!) gather in Holy Trinity Church in Dalston to remember the life of Joseph Grimaldi, English actor, comedian and dancer, who became the most popular English entertainer of the Regency era. The ‘godfather’ of clowning, he created and refined many of the play forms and techniques that continue today. Three friends; variously comedian, actor/poet and nurse, prepare for the day by adopting their clown ‘selves': ‘Tofu’, (Tony Allen) ‘Fluff’ (Jonny […]