How does one capture the essence of a place?
Here is a second taster of my Insight City Guide to London… Borough market, Kew, Ham House, Hogarth house, Chelsea Physic Garden, Westminster Cathedral, Nelson’s Column, Hampton Court and Chiswick House. I just laugh at the three elderly ladies in Chelsea Physic Garden with the busk of a man’s head amongst the flowers. I often am trying to get low and shoot through layers to create atmosphere. Trying to remember to look for all the angles; the graphic shot from above, or the low down close up where you can almost smell those cakes! Feel free to write to me at the foot of any of my blogs.
Beyond my commissions I teach a few short courses at Morley College, London. Why not come along to one of my ‘Street Photography’ courses? Two Saturday workshop 21 & 28 Sept 2013, and better still a 6 week program, working to themes within Street photography, 3 hrs a week from 4 November 2013.
What an opportunity I had thought… A commission to run all over London for three weeks photographing a new guide book of the City. Then I saw the length of the picture list! followed by the arrival of a heat wave… thus followed some very hard work. The schedule was tight, but 8,000 files later edited to 2,000, another deadline met. Now a month later it is very rewarding to sift through and edit a small selection I like most. Can you guess where any of them were taken?
Yippee! Another year I have the great honor to be going to the RHS Chelsea Flower show. Hopefully lots of good pictures to be taken for placing with my picture library client, GAP Photos. Last year was great weather, for a change. So let’s hope it will be a dry day this coming Monday.
A big thank you to all of those that came to the Travel photography talks this past weekend. I am sure you were entertained by Paul Goldstein of Exodus travel, and that some of the pointers I gave will be of use. I hope the selection of images will also inspire. It was all the more fun for me to swop travel adventure stories with Doug McKinlay, about the highs and lows of a travel photographer, and the trickier moments we have found ourselves in whilst pursuing that next best image. We laugh at those near mishaps now, as we live to tell the tale. Thanks to Rough Guides, Time out, Conde Nast Traveller, Insight Berlitz and Thames and Hudson for sending me to some wonderful places. I always am looking forward to the next adventure.
Check out my small slide show posted here, 20/01/2012
Honored to be invited to represent The Rough Guides at The Times Destinations Holiday & Travel show, (http://www.destinationsshow.com) to talk and present some of my Travel images on the Photography panel. 4th – 5th Feb 2012 at 1pm.
Whitstable beach eating tasty fresh Fish & Chips whilst the winter wind cuts through the air by my ears. Seagulls circle with hungry eyes. Another nice commission completed that takes me to new places.
Last month I had a great day out photographing Kathryn and her family as they showed me their “Hidden Gem’ for the RBS magazine. We walked part of the Ridgeway walk from Gory on Thames to Aldworth, where they had discovered The great Bell Inn, full of charactor, and award winner for serving quality Real Ale. The Inn is tucked away inside the house where the family that has owned the Inn for many generations live. Open fires, low set beams and small corners to tuck yourself in on old wooden benches. The landscape I saw of rolling hills was very dramatic the day I was there with big rain clouds rolling in over the fields of corn.