Kensington and Chelsea College, ND Photography End of Year Show 2013

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

NEW YORK: WEEGEE AND TICHY AT THE ICP

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 USE AND ABUSE OF POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS

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…

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…

HOSTEL BEDSCAPES

A tangle of sheets and neon lit pillows, a pencil of fire creeps through a curtain. My boots tucked under and another night passes. Green mattresses, yellow walls, seven beds and five languages spoken – in sleep and dreams. Stacked allotments. Boston, El Paso, Flagstaff. A cotton land in which to drift and a boulder…

‘Hush’ – Work in Exhibition: ‘Align’, Kensington and Chelsea College

‘Hush’ 2012 ‘Hush’ is a collection of Photographs I shot on a sunny September morning in 2011, very soon after the doors to Kensington and Chelsea College’s original Hortensia Road building were closed for the last time. The building stands today just next door to the new Hortensia Road building, quieted and deserted, waiting for…

BIG SOCIETY ALIVE AND WELL HERE!

During the Summer of 2011 I interviewed and Photographed the members of The West Eleven Housing Co-op (of which I too am a member) and talked with them about the trails and tribulations of membership and the management and maintenance of the co-operative housing project that began its journey in 1976. The results eventually formed a…

INDIA ON A BROKEN BONE

During a frenetic month in April 2009 I crossed four Indian States: Uttar Pradesh, Rajashthan, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh; and covered approximately 3800 kilometres by train, bus, horse and (broken) foot. Cycle and Auto Rickshaws transported me while in the cities. I travelled from Delhi to Varanasi on a personal mission to scatter some of…

AT THE SNOWLINE OF THE HIMALAYAS

During a frenetic month through April 2009 I crossed four Indian States: Uttar Pradesh, Rajashthan, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh; and covered approximately 3800 kilometres by train, bus, horse and (broken) foot. Cycle and Auto Rickshaws transported me while in the cities. I travelled from Delhi to Varanasi on a personal mission to scatter some of…

AMRITSAR – THE GOLDEN TEMPLE

During a frenetic month in April 2009 I crossed four Indian States: Uttar Pradesh, Rajashthan, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh; and covered approximately 3800 kilometres by train, bus, horse and (broken) foot. Cycle and Auto Rickshaws transported me while in the cities. I travelled from Delhi to Varanasi on a personal mission to scatter some of…

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…

JOHN HUNTER

Some shots of my Canadian cousin John Hunter, whom I unfortunately rarely get to see. Shot in his house and on the street in Toronto on Fujichrome Velvia daylight film and cross-processed, the images were scanned at 800dpi directly from small prints, so not of highest quality (however I quite like this). I was hoping for a painterly,…

“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…

SMOKING HANDS

I have certain ethical problems with the candid photography of homeless people, beggars or those that appear vulnerable or in plight.  The most successful examples, or ones where the ethics become more balanced, are when the photographer has at least engaged with or even maintained a relationship of sorts with the subject. The very best are…

‘THINGS WE SAVED FROM THE FIRE’

On the 3rd and 5th of April I delivered two workshops at The Cuming Museum in Southwark. The workshops, designed for local families, explored notions of worth and value in the context of the Elephant and Castle area and of museum collections themselves. Participants were asked to consider the one thing they would save from…

EXHIBITION – ‘HOSTEL’

DATES: 6 March 2012 to 21 April 2012 TIMES: 06 Mar – 21 Apr 2012 Tue – Sat 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Closed Easter Monday, Good Friday VENUE: Cuming Museum Each year the MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography students from the London College of Communications work on a project documenting the Elephant and Castle. They are…