Monthly Archives: October 2011

Lord Coe Lecture

On Wednesday Lord Sebastian Coe paid a visit to my old university in Mile End, Queen Mary.

For the last four years QM has hosted the Annual Guest Speaker Lecture and this time former athlete, politician and now Chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games would speak. ‘The Winning Mind’ was the topic of the afternoon attended by a number of Economics and Finance students. It was an insightful lecture by an extraordinary man.

I was shooting at high ISOs throughout to avoid the unrelenting obnoxiousness of the flash. I am quite sure this reluctance will slap me soon enough.

Lord Coe is greeted by Dr Jon Davis and Elizabeth Price

Meeting the Principal and other university executives

Lord Coe

Principal Simon Gaskell

And the book signing

 

 

 

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An ever so bizarre style

I attended this class last year; life drawing (and photography) with lashings of lemon, fire and lime, silk and sordid sin.

Welcome to The Book Club and Life Drawing Extravaganza – The Seven Deadly Sins.

The efforts exerted on the project concept and the actual expression of it are really quite amazing. Workshop architect Morris, and all those involved, really have excelled themselves. A brilliant and most inspiring Рif not slightly alarming Рenvironment had been made available for far less than pint.

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Scratch+Sniff: A Scented Journey around the World

Last week three wonderfully exciting workshops were held at the The Book Club:

Super/Collider Science Fair: Volcanoes!

Scratch+Sniff: A Scented Journey Around the World

Life Drawing Extravaganza – The Seven Deadly Sins

The more relaxing of the three, Scratch+Sniff required only a nose, a chair and and a willingness to travel. All present were, with eyes closed, transported through the wondrous medium of scent to destinations so immediately distant and unfortunately detached.

Odette Toilette and perfumer Angela Flanders hosted the evening.

Odette Toilette and Angela Flanders

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Saturday Kitchen

This was a fun one.

Late last week I was contacted by a Norfolk-based PR company. They asked if I could shoot Michelin star chef, Galton Blackiston, and James Martin.

So early Saturday morning I keenly made my way to the Saturday Kitchen studio in south London. It was great fun sitting backstage and waiting for my opportunity to get stuck in. The show plays-out live and the schedule is relentless – you have a set amount of time and limited flexibility. A super experience and the food was superb.

The brief required shots of Galton and James together.

Galton Blackiston, Mark Sargeant, Emma Forbes and James Martin

Galton and James

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The Portrait and the Actor

I am relatively new to portraiture, and how unfortunate that may well be! It’s a brilliant photographic discipline and one I ve grown greatly attached to. My! how I underestimated its power. Portraits of the documentary sort will arrive here soon.

These shots were taken for an aspiring actor and actress. The set-up was simple to say the least and comprised merely a sofa, a window, window ledge, and quite necessarily, a face. Natural light and a neutral backdrop also helped.

I am keen to get some more head shots under my belt so do get in contact if at all interested.

Both images cropped to 8×10.

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War Memorials Trust and Portcullis House

Earlier last week the War Memorials Trust officially launched their new initiative, In Memoriam 2014. The grand affair took place in Portcullis House and a plethora of extraordinary characters were present; from Lords and an Admiral, to Chelsea Pensioners and a George Cross decorated Royal Marine – oh, and politicians too.

The photos comprise part of my ongoing photo-essay, In Memoriam 2014.

This is Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher of the Royal Marines. While in Afghanistan he was awarded the George Cross for jumping onto a grenade ensuring no one other than himself would be killed or wounded in the blast. Fortunately for him, he walked away relatively unscathed. He is keen to raise awareness for In Memoriam 2014 and a number of charities.

Matt Croucher with two Chelsea Pensioners; Korean war veteran Bryan Shanks and former Royal Marine, David Griffin

Cadets from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

Frances Moreton (right), Director of War Memorials Trust

Matt Croucher GC, David Griffin, Admiral Lord West of Spithead and Bryan Shanks

Trust board member, Colin Amery (left)

Two cadets take names of those present

Frances Moreton and Conservative MP, Mark Francois

Former Royal Marine, David Griffin

A young cadet

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