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….

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…

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,…

CLOWNS DAY OUT. JOSEPH GRIMALDI’S MEMORIAL SERVICE

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…

FRIENDS OF THE ORPHAN SIGNS – A ONE WORD PICTURE POEM

On my recent journey in the States I travelled through Albuquerque and Flagstaff. Part of my shooting series while in the US was to find old motel signs and other roadside paraphernalia to make some grids or Typologies of them. In Flagstaff and in Albuquerque I took long walks and photos of the signs, some…

“THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY” – NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL 2012

Here is a series of street shots from the Notting Hill Carnival 2012. Held each year in West London, UK. Carnival attracts many thousands of visitors and is the second largest street carnival in the world, apart from Mardi Gras. I live pretty much smack in the middle of it so its a case of hide…

‘THE INVISIBLE CIRCUS’ – ‘TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS’

I had a great time making these images from a night presented by the ‘Invisible Circus’. In the Old Street Magistrates Court; disused since 1996 and now an occupied building as part of the ‘Occupy’ movement, they staged an elaborate evening where clowns, performers and other such wastrels were put on trial by a judge…

‘BLOCK THE BRIDGE’ – ‘BLOCK THE BILL’…DEMONSTRATION

Today I joined the demo on Westminster Bridge to stop the NHS Reform Bill which, if it goes through will hand over portions of the NHS to privatisation and radically alter healthcare provision as we know it. On one side of Westminster Bridge is Parliament. On 7th September, MPs in the Commons voted for the end of…

THE CLOSING OF OLD HORTENSIA

Kensington and Chelsea College’s ‘Southern’ campus was housed, up until this Summer, in a red-brick Victorian school originally called ‘Sloane School for Boys’ on Hortensia Road, Chelsea, London. The building has been sold off and a new College building erected next door. The classrooms and corridors are abandoned and await demolition, remodelling and refurbishing into…

NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL 2011

A series of street shots from the Notting Hill Carnival 2011 – held each year in West London, UK. Carnival attracts thousand of visitors and is the second largest street carnival in the world, apart from Mardi Gras. I live pretty much smack in the middle of it so its a case of hide away…

RIOTS – ‘THE BEFOREMATH’

After the events of the weekend and the stories, rumours, and commentary manifest on Facebook, in anecdotes and personal experiences relayed to me by firiends and loved ones,  I decided to venture out onto Portobello Road, around the corner, which was the scene of some smashing and grabbing on Sunday and Monday night. I wanted…

“RALLY OF THE GIANTS” – PRE 1950’s AMERICAN CARS

The Rally of the Giants – known as the RoG – is the Club’s main event, held Annually, usually in July at the splendid Knebworth Park in Hertfordshire. First held in 1965, this year marks the 46th anniversary of the BEST AMERICAN CAR SHOW IN THE UK. Quality, not quantity is the benchmark of the…

‘LETTERPRESS’ – ALIVE AND WELL!

The images below are taken in the Letterpress Room at London College of Communication, formerly the London College of Printing. It is the same equipment that has been used for over 100 years to produce stunning Graphics and Text (ironically the look and feel of which is highly fashionable right now) and it still doesn’t…

MAGNUM ARCHIVE BOXES – on ‘Dwarfs’ and ‘Loneliness’

Today I had the good fortune to be taken around the Magnum Archive at the Magnum Print Rooms in Gee Street, London  http://www.magnumphotos.com/ Apart from the obvious thrill of handling some famous, rare and golden photographic artefacts, the best bit for me was observing the indexes on the boxes that store just some of the…