Exhibition: ‘Out of Office’

  The Visual & Digital Arts Department at Morley College London is led by a team of inspiring Programme Managers. This group of inventive artists and creative practitioners teach a range of specialist courses at all levels. Out of Office explores what happens when they leave work at Morley and return to the studio.  It will…

Stonehenge: Monumental Disappointment

I recently spent a brisk and stormy day walking in Salisbury. I went initially to visit Stonehenge which, after over half a century of my life, I have somehow neglected to see with my own eyes. I have to say its a bit of a let down: surrounded by ropes and  guarded by walkie-talkie men it sits like…

Welcome to “On Reflection…”

Hi – this blog, ‘On Reflection…’ charts current photographic practice, writing and personal projects. You may also link out to my ‘Commercial’ and ‘Wedding’ websites from the main navigation. My first degree was in Fine Art Painting and I hold a Masters Degree in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from London College of Communication. My work draws…

Rachel & Boris Johnson at ‘Fresh Hell’ Book Launch

A strange photo job last night at the launch of Rachel Johnson’s new book ‘Fresh Hell’ at Acklam Village Market underneath the Westway Flyover last night saw the mingling of several famous faces. Brother Boris Johnson caught dancing with a handkerchief! Ian Hislop talking earnestly, Piers Morgan doing selfies, David Gilmour being effortlessly cool and Jeremy Paxman scowling….

AT PARIS PHOTO

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…

‘ORPHANS’ FILM – THE MAKING OF AN EXHIBITION

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…

‘ORPHANS’ POSTCARDS

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…

WHITE COLLAR BOXING: THERE MAY BE BLOOD!!

‘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…

KEITH RICHARDS, THE DIRTY STRANGERS: ALAN CLAYTON’S 60TH BIRTHDAY BASH

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…

‘HIDDEN RIVERS’ NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN PHOTOGRAPHY END OF YEAR SHOW

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.

STREET LIFE

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…

MAGS DI CEGLIE: THE RE-PHOTOGRAPHED BRIDE

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…

A Night of 70’s Punk in a Post-Punk Setting

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,…

Empty-Headed Mindfulness

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…