Over the weekend, I was down in Devon and had hoped to be able to shoot a more natural setting than my recent London city images. However, the weather had other plans. On Saturday evening, the miss rolled in and even before I arrived at Budleigh Salterton beach to shoot the end of day scenery, the fog meant that the view was very limited.
With the limited vista available, I ended up taking long exposure images of the waves lashing the shoreline. With no fixed point in focus, the end result is more reminiscent of a painting than a photograph. It also goes to show that even when you have poor light and limited options, there are still photographs worth taking.
One morning looking out east across Badía de Pollença. This was a while ago, whilst in Majorca, when I was up before sunrise one summer’s day, watching the boat gently bobbing on the calm waters of the bay. Would love to be there right now, enjoying the warm air and stunning view.
On the road back to Glasgow at the end of the week in the Outer Hebrides, I stopped at Etive Mor waterfall. I know this shot has been done to death and there were several photographers buzzing around the scene when I got there. However, with the light being behind the mountain and using a couple of ND grad filters, I managed to grab an interesting shot of the mountain, with the movement in the foreground water and clouds in the sky adding drama to the scene.
What do you think?
Once back on the mainland in Ullapool in Scotland and I decided to visit the local light house I had spotted on the way out and back from the Outer Hebrides. I found a good location overlooking Rhue Lighthouse but I was being heavily buffeted by the wind, which was far stronger than the waves in the image show. However, after about half an hour of opalescent skies, the clouds parted and the shaft of light caught the beach in the foreground and struck the light house perfectly beyond it.
I ended up having to drive pretty hard to make up for the time I spend fiddling around to get this shot, to make my flight that evening in Glasgow. however, it was definitely worth it.
Third year running for me to participate in the 24Photography artist’s group. Each year, 24 photography artists document New Year’s Day. Each of us are assigned an hour to capture the day through our eyes and relate it to that year’s theme. This year, the chosen theme is Empty.
I was based in Hong Kong for most of December this year and although I was allotted 12 noon GMT, this translated to 8pm in Hong Kong. The city is one of the most vibrant and hectic places on earth, so following the empty theme appeared complicated at first. I wanted to focus on the hyper realism of the city, which I accomplished through using HDR to enhance the already bright end of day colours.
As usual, the exhibition will open on 24th February in Berkeley Square, Mayfair. Nearest tube station is Green Park.
24Photography website: http://www.24photography.org/
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/24photography
Just prior to the Frankfurt motorshow in September, I went out to Canada for a two week photoshoot. Starting off in Calgary, I headed west to Banff National Park. From here, I drove through all the surrounding national parks including Kootenay, Yoho and Jasper. Over the first ten days, I covered almost 2000 miles.
After returning to Calgary, I then flew further west to Victoria, capital of Vancouver Island. My good friend Justene Miller, a Canadian from Vancouver, gave me some excellent advice, to visit Tofino and Ucluelet, on the Pacific coast of the island. I was treated to a cloud rainbow, something I have never seen before.
I loved Canada, with its spectacular landscape and friendly locals. My only reservation is that the food is much like the US is pretty awful most of the time.
For several months leading up to the Frankfurt 2011 motorshow, I executive produced the Honda stand with an excellent team at Wieden & Kennedy. Creative directing the stand was Tom Seymour and David Bruno. You can see more of their work on their website www.davidandtom.co.uk.
Collaborating with a production company just outside of Frankfurt, Germany, a Belgian artist based in Marseille and Honda clients based across Europe and Japan, we designed, built and implemented a stand for Honda in less than 4 months from start to finish. The design was meant to visual representation of the roads to zero emissions for the motor show, one of Honda’s key cornerstone values.
The stand was covered by the full breadth of auto press and design magazines, including Wallpaper (who used one of my images).
Here are more images of the stand I took for Wieden + Kennedy’s press releases.
Links for further information on the stand:
- Wieden & Kennedy website
- W+K blog entry 1
- W+K blog entry 2
- David Bruno & Tom Seymour coverage
- Video coverage
- The Drum
For the second year running, I have been part of the 24Photography artist’s group, an annual photography exhibition documents New Year’s Day. As usual, the exhibition opened on 24th February. This year, there were around 500 people in attendance, with representation from various London newspapers.
As one of the photographers involved, we have embarked on an ambitious project that will span a generation, creating a pictorial social documentary to record what New Year’s Day represents – not only as a one off event – but also as an on-going and developing catalogue of what the end of one year and beginning of another comes to represent over time.
For my entry this year, I wanted to prove to myself that my work was not about the technology but what you do with it. So, I chose to shoot all of my work on a Nokia N8 phone. None of the guests could believe that a phone was able to take such clear images.
The exhibition is running for 24 days in Berkeley Square, Mayfair. Nearest tube station is Green Park. Please pop along and take a look.
24Photography website: http://www.24photography.org/
Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=6072707497
Facebook event information: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=181781975193369
- Professional Photographer
- Telegraph Arts & Entertainment
- Hotshoe International
- Time Out
- What’s On Guide
- Aesthetica Magazine
- Art Calendr
- Evening Standard
- The List
- Mayfair Times
- AOP IMAGE
- IN London – Highlight of the Month
- Amateur Photographer Magazine
- Evening Star – Double Page Spread
- Ham and High Express
- EADT – Double page Spread Photo Essay
- Hammersmith and Kensington Times
- Hackney Gazette
- Westminster Chronicle
For the final few weeks of 2010, as the UK was freezing in the mid-winter snow, I was in sunny Argentina, shooting for various image libraries. I have included a few of these images from the various places I visited in late November and early to mid December.
As luck would have it, my flight was one of the very first to make it back into Heathrow, once they were finally able to clear the runway, which was very jammy indeed!
Sailing across the Beagle Channel close to Ushuaia, moment s after a snow blizzard
Walking around the edge of Lago Colorado in the Bolivian Atacama desert
Leap of faith 4,500m up in the Atacama desert
Train graveyard in the Salar de Uyuni, just south of town
Horse riding gaucho style in the hills surrounding Salta, Argentina