Monthly Archives: March 2012

Proper job

A proper job indeed. Last month I received my first photographic commission – and a great feeling it was.

I won’t go into any detail here, the project is still ongoing, but essentially I ve been asked to put together an all-encompassing photo study on the Royal Docks for the London Development Agency.

It’s a truly wonderful (if not slightly terrifying) experience that has allowed me to buy a motorbike! On the road.

It is never finished – and that is mighty frustrating. Small tweaks, large tweaks but I am never happy.

The two photos below comprise the front and back cover of the Royal Docks 2012, photo essay. The link below the images will take you to a pdf version of the essay.

Front cover

Back cover

And the essay (please be warned it takes an awful long while to load) : First Draft


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An extraordinarily exciting endeavour

Just a peek

The first draft of a PDF book can be seen here (be warned, it takes a while to load!):

Front and back cover

Main Essay

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Hello (snap)

This was the fastest session of portraits I ve ever done. Rapid.

It was cold and windy but the sun was just about popping through a break in the clouds. A group of nine stood huddled against a wall waiting to see me.

As on a conveyor belt, the steady stream of faces passed me and my camera and then back into the office warmth.

Very much a matter of hello – snap snap snap snap – and then hello again.

Fun, though

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On the forage

A few weeks back I spent one day and night at Wallett’s Court, a luxury spa hotel sat, perched upon the white cliffs of the Kent coast. It is the most wonderful and necessary setting often forgotten amongst the concrete streets and plastic houses of London – and any other city for that matter. A short train journey and all immediate concerns are detached, removed and then left at the gates to this 300 year old cottage. Super.

The intention of my visit was to write and photograph a food feature for The Weekender, a Kent based freemium. Wallett’s Court offers foraging courses and it was to be a day out rummaging through the ‘garden of England’, clay pigeon shooting and ‘tasting’  –  as well as the jacuzzi, sauna and enormous wide-screen TV in my room.

It was, however, still mid-February, blowing a gale, and a little nippy. There wasn’t too much to forage either.

That said, Spring and Summer are the best seasons to get out and by all accounts extraordinarily fruitful.

I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys walking – and then eating.

Ancient Roman pottery is found everywhere. The many years of ploughing have turned it out of the ground where it can easily be seen

Hedges like this offer great foraging opportunities - once you've been told what to look for!

Gavin Oakley, the owner of Wallett's Court

Sea Beet

Smoked and pressed pork belly with black pig black pudding

Sea Beet

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Disruptive Innovation

This was a particularly good job.

Disruptive innovation is quite simply a theory of innovation. It becomes immediately complicated once you delve only minutely deeper than the preceding sentence. For reasons of complexity and cognitive inability I will refer you to a hugely helpful website. Essentially, the aim is to out-manoeuvre the traditional markets and establish an alternative – and usually inferior – solution that will then (hopefully) begin to displace the conventional ‘big boys’.


…welcome to this extraordinarily insightful session of professional brainstorming:


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A very willing observer

A few weeks ago I was asked to photograph the various processes involved in developing a ‘pitch’ at the digital ad agency, AKQA. It was fantastically interesting to follow the thoughts and then soon lose them. They were certainly an intelligent bunch of individuals.

Later in the afternoon I set off with an agency colleague to interview and shoot the ethnographic side of the pitch; the animating of target customers. In this case we were meeting an ‘affluent indulger’.

I truly love work like this. A 50mm is all I need.

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