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NYC: Back After Three Years, 3 Years Too Long Away…

One World Trade Centre

I am painfully aware of how slack I have been in writing blog posts: but trust New York to cure that.

I am having breakfast in Maybelle’s Cafe in Brooklyn and I am surrounded by industrious people tap-tapping like fiends on their laptops, so out of pure guilt I am endeavouring to do the same.

The weather here has being capricious to say the least, yesterday it was balmy and so I walked from Brooklyn to downtown Manhattan, then headed north, finishing the day having cocktails with my friend Yeesan and eating great Malaysian food at Rasa.

But before all that I had my first full day in Manhattan and thought I should head to see the memorial park for The World Trade Centre. I was not really expecting to be that impressed but actually I was wrong, it has grandeur and the openness of the space is kind of refreshing amongst all the looming towers.

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Posted: December 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Travel | 1 Comment »

Astypalaea Revisited (or) Trying to Avoid The Bloody Obvious…

Astypalaea Day 21

… I think I half succeeded.

Greece has to be one of those places where it is too easy to slip into shooting what there is, as it is. Faithfully recording rough-hewn houses, fossilised doors, blue domes, endless steps… and cats… and cats… and… and…

I was here 4 years ago and even then felt I was treading a well-worn path, in truth I felt it 20 years ago, when, in Mexico, where I had the first of a series of epiphanies/crises, depending on how I am feeling when I think about it.

And that was in the era of film! Now, asking yourself ‘why take  photo’ is a thousand times more appropriate, so what to do?

Well the last time I did this: The Greek Islands

And this: The Greek Islands, Again

(Maybe I should rename this post ‘The Greek Islands, Again, Again…)

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Posted: September 6th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: My Projects, Travel | 1 Comment »

Homage to Catalonia? (A Touch of Gaudí in Texas).

The Hemphill House, Interior, Living Room

A little side job I had whilst in Texas (for a wedding shoot) was to photograph the house that Zack built (He was the groom and designed it as well).

I stayed there for about a week and in a few sessions took photos for a book they wanted to make.

It was an enjoyable project; though most of my work is with people (and that is what I like to do most), architecture/interiors is a close second.

What I love most is the change of pace, the thoughtfulness of the exercise. You should use a tripod, not for the obvious reasons, but because it too slows down the process and any excuse for this Zen like approach, in the modern world, has to be cherished.

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Posted: August 29th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Architecture, Travel | 8 Comments »

Lea & David Wedding, Misterton, England

After the WeddingAnother month another wedding.

There was an again an American element, The previous month I was in Texas (which will be posted soon). The bride Lea is from the States and her husband is from the UK, I got to do this wedding thanks to my good friend Yeesan who lives in NYC.

Luckily it was very close to my usual base in Bath, so a nice drive through the countryside was one of the perks of the job, as well as getting to stay in the venue for a couple of nights (The Grange, Oborne). All of these elements combined surely represented to the US visitors a bucolic vision of Britain that rarely exists outside of the movies, or period dramas from the BBC.

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Posted: August 29th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Weddings | No Comments »

From Barcelona to Berlin, Winter 2013

After my first visit to Berlin, just before Christmas I was eager to get back. I felt I had found somewhere I might be able to call a second home and was already thinking of ways to split my time between there and Barcelona.

The second visit tempered my zeal a little just because I was all fired  up only to arrive and find the city hibernating, the only people doing anything, were mostly like myself,newly arrived or visiting.

I too was torn between trying to network and exploring, and the latter probably won out. I was walking 20-30 km a day in the snow taking pictures, exploring, completely content and oblivious to the cold.

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Posted: June 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Travel | 2 Comments »

Hong Kong, The Future Now?

For more info: http://blog.leex.co.ukI got the opportunity to return to Hong Kong in September and took it. My first trip there left me feeling similar to how I felt when I first went to NYC; dazed from sensory overload.

In both places I was filled with a manic energy that, coupled with jet-lag, was very enervating; a kind of natural high. In the heat and humidity I was running around and always running on empty, butdared not relax lest I missed something. As a consequence, there were a lot of pictures that, though mostly good, now seem unconnected, with no theme, or thread to hang a story on.

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Posted: June 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Travel | No Comments »

Anthony Llobet, Hair Dresser & Salon Owner

Anthony Llobet, Hair Dresser & Salon Owner, Barcelona

I went to photograph Anthony whilst still recovering from a stomach bug that had been doing the rounds of the city. I was feeling very light-headed and generally not ‘all there’, I did however have an idea in my mind as to what shot I would like and when you are lucky enough to have this, it can make taking photographs that little bit easier; you have to all intents and purposes solved the creative puzzle and now its just a matter of technicalities and perhaps ‘shoe-horning’ the reality of whats possible into the form you had in mind.

Funnily enough Anthony had only just recovered from the same bug so was either being sympathetic or he too was still slightly delirious (trust me, after this bug you lose so much water, etc, in such a short space of time, it is like a natural high).

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Posted: March 12th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Editorial | No Comments »

Hong Kong, Finally, I Make it There

Many years ago, when I was young and living in a little village in the country-side, I dreamt of going to Hong Kong.

I was attending an art college, doing a foundation course, and had this friend who I was secretly, madly, in love with. She had Anglo-Italian parents, had been born in Angola, during the war and then brought up in HK, and was therefore way, way, beyond exotic in my eyes… Wild hair, bright clothes and jangling bangles, she looked like a Spanish gypsy; a force of nature.

Even before this though, I was obsessed with foreign places and always knew I would never stay in the U.K.

In the end I got a passport when I was 17, but only managed to get to London; it would be a couple of more years before I made the first of my great escapes, and until 2012 before I made it to HK.

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Posted: March 8th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Travel | No Comments »

Berlin, A Stranger in a Familiar Town

I have been meaning to go to Berlin for years. That it is so close and easy to get to is why I have never managed it till now; that is often the way, because planning big exotic trips to faraway places is always easier because you actually have to plan them, popping over to Berlin is akin to a weekend jaunt and always gets put off.

Luckily for me my friend Yeesan was going to be there and was coming from NYC and I could hardly make excuses to not catch up with her there, even if it was midwinter.

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Posted: January 8th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Travel | No Comments »

Fresh Faces 1212

For more info: http://blog.leex.co.ukI recently spent a day photographing an event, I was also interviewed for it and below is the unedited text I supplied them, I don’t know how it will be edited, it rambles and rants a bit, but what the hell, I wanted to get something new online…

You were recently shooting Fresh Faces 2012, how did it go?
It went very well. Quite a long day I guess, so the wine, cava and canapés at the end of the day were much appreciated.

What did you think of the models and the winners Magdalena and Jose Manuel?
Well there were 4 winners including the Revlon award, I think it was a split of classic models in one category and perhaps edgier ones in the other, All in all a good looking bunch and very friendly.

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Posted: November 7th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Events | No Comments »