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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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Royal celebrations

There are many, but there could have been more.

I had great trouble cutting this one down. The extraordinary variety of opportunities was truly great and to have been expected. No shots of the Royals, only the spectators.

I wanted to pay particular attention to the characters present, but with a greater focus on the scene rather than the individual. I am quite a fan of Jeff Wall and his images of – not necessarily ominous – but definitely unusual groupings of people. The photos have a depth of detail and context often missed through a tighter viewfinder. That said, they must been seen as large prints – web-sized does not do them justice.

Perhaps more on the lines of ‘Where’s Wally?’.

Welcome to the Royal Wedding and the international crowd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Persian palate

This has been our largest supper club to date; perhaps even our most successful.

Thirteen came to dine with us and what an evening it was. The machine ran smooth, without jitters. Xenia excelled herself yet again, Ed was a delight as always, and Amelia, well, her cake making and sweet baking polished off the soiree perfectly.

We also had some special guests. Food and Travel magazine came to visit and left with smiles aplenty.

Welcome again to Ed & Xenia’s Supper club, and enjoy ‘The Persian Palate’

Edward and Xenia

Introspective Amelia

Happy days

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Join the club

I have two friends, or at least I live with two friends.

Meet Xenia von Oswald. She is 24, German, and a food stylist.

Now let me introduce Edward Campbell, 23, Australian, and a connoisseur of the finest things in life – mainly edible.

Together they are two and one, and then a supper club – E&X. A most entertaining duo, their combined culinary powers have certainly not been lost amongst the abounding dramas of cohabiting. If anything, they have been refined and strengthened – and to a deceptively high standard. This parallel penchant for food has developed into a supper club capable of pulling some serious weight. I am truly enthralled to form some part of it – as the ‘staff photographer’ of course.

And they create the most fantastic food.

Xenia cooks; Edward entertains, delivers and pours. And lest I forget dearest Amelia, for if it wasn’t for her baking excellence and lively hands, our lives here on Amhurst Road would be all-the-more taxing.

Now take a seat, recline, and ‘Get back to your roots’

Oh, and welcome to our humble abode:

Student and lecturer; Amelia and Xenia

 

Beetroot falafel mix

Beetroot falafel

 

Salad of Raw Root Vegetables and Herbs Vinaigrette

Hello Edward

 

7 hour Lamb Shank with Matchstick Straw Potatoes, roast swede and a serving of Yoghurt, Rocket and Horseradish sauce

 

Beetroot Chocolate Cake infused with Fresh Ginger and a side of cream

Full.

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Debauchery

Nightclubs are not the greatest photographic playground, but they do pay.

This night was the brainchild of a very good friend. It’s not necessarily my cup of tea, but I really do appreciate the effort he puts into it. After all, we can’t all be far-sighted entrepreneurs.

He demanded quantity; I demanded quality. Perhaps the balance is right.

Welcome to Supperclub and all that played-out within:

My good friend (left)

Et moi, fatigued and ready for the hours of late night editing ahead

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Stevie Parle and The Dock Kitchen

My blogging routine was acutely disrupted late last year; this February will render obtuse all that was acute.

Welcome to The Dock Kitchen (and the old Virgin Records studio complex). The restaurant sits aside a canal and above Tom Dixon‘s design studio. It’s a pleasure to look at – and more of a pleasure to sit inside.

A good friend of mine has a vision. My job was to shoot the first jigsaw pieces of that conjured and multi-dimensional image.

Meet the head chef, Stevie Parle. He is young, enthusiastic and really quite a friendly chap.

My good friend and his fellow visionary

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