Monthly Archives: May 2011

Park Life

Park life architecture.

This was an interesting and exciting assignment.

The architects and artists at Muf have redesigned many aspects of Max Roach Park, Brixton. Children are the main beneficiaries of this attention and now have access to fantastic new climbing frames and constructions.

There is also a community centre adjacent to the park. It is run by a great team of do-gooders and the children were all rather funny.

I had to shoot people, place and play area.

Do-gooder

Do-gooder

The architects

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Harold Chapman and the Beat Hotel

Earlier this week I met Harold Chapman. He is over 80, deceptively tall, and a rather good chatter.

I hadn’t heard of him before I arrived at his house in Deal, Kent – other than what I’d hastily read and regarded the night before. Certainly an error on my part for he passed on some great advice and wonderful stories – and his wife made a lovely cup of tea.

Throughout the late 50s and early 60s, Mr Chapman lived in Paris. He chose the Beat Hotel as his permanent residence and spent time there freelancing as a photographer. He documented the likes of William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and the many other Beats.

Welcome to a few portraits of Harold and misc shots taken during the interview. All were shot for a magazine feature.

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The Weekender

This was a great day. Sun, sea, sand and super food were all for the taking and taken.

Accompanying a journo, I arrived in Broadstairs on the east Kent coast. Our first objective was to hit Osteria Posillipo. While Dan and his dictaphone set to work, I set about shooting this lovely little Italian restaurant perched on a hill overlooking the beach. Linguine Posillipo was their signature dish, so we ordered two, a pitcher of white wine and a fine sea view.

After the feast and thank yous, I snapped my way along the main coastal path up towards another reputable¬†Italian establishment.¬†Morelli’s Gelato is a wondrous time machine and ice cream parlour. Knickerblocker glories and antiquated 30s decor reign supreme and the smiling staff are all rather sweet.

The photos were commissioned for a magazine piece.

I hope to do something similar very soon!

Viking Bay

One of Posillipo's founders

The 'special' Linguine Posillipo

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