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…

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…

“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…

‘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…

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…

‘Street Ballets’: The Photographer Dances

Here I am posting videos of two photographers at work in the streets: Bruce Gilden and Garry Winogrand. Look at the photographers as they move; negotiating the pavements with the rest of the crowd but displaying a particular (photographers) choreography which sets them apart. I think it’s interesting to study photography and the image via…

THE FIRST PHOTO OF THE DAY

Early Morning. A sleepy earful. Gripping tight for a yellow light. A suited-salute. Rumble on screech-tracks. Grey Suits, pink wristbands and worry-collars.

‘Street’ Photography – London College of Communication

For this assignment we were instructed to ‘take to the streets’. The brief was to find three scenes, situations or locations and to photograph them with a view to building a better shot each time; through positioning oneself differently in  terms of distance, negotiating a better angle or simply playing the waiting game and hoping…

‘Street’ Photography – Portobello Road

For this assignment we were instructed to ‘take to the streets’. The brief was to find three scenes, situations or locations and to photograph them with a view to building a better shot each time; through positioning oneself differently in  terms of distance, negotiating a better angle or simply playing the waiting game and hoping…

‘Street’ Photography – Waterloo Station

For this assignment we were instructed to ‘take to the streets’. The brief was to find three scenes, situations or locations and to photograph them with a view to building a better shot each time; through positioning oneself differently in  terms of distance, negotiating a better angle or simply playing the waiting game and hoping…

‘Street Photography Now Project’

The ‘Street Photography Now Project’ is a collaboration between The Photographers’ Gallery, London and Sophie Howarth and Stephen McLaren, authors of Street Photography Now (Thames and Hudson). Each week from 1 October 2010, a leading contemporary street photographer will issue a new instruction, written to inspire fresh ways of looking at and documenting the world we live…