Behind the Scenes in Norwich

It’s always a pleasure to ‘get behind the scenes’ with access to the amazing work that is undertaken in the fine city of Norwich by the folks in the cancer labs for Norfolk Charity BigC. I spent a couple of mornings photographing professors, the laboratories and some of the interns who are choosing this highly complex level of research as their specialty.  An insight into the excellent work that is undertaken on our doorstep.

Centre 81 Classic Car & Bike Show

The Centre 81 Classic Car & Bike show was blessed with sunshine and a packed Great Yarmouth seafront for its annual event.
 
Thousands welcomed the convoy along Marine Parade, as all manor of vintage cars and bikes made their way to the seafront for an afternoon of fun and fundraising for the important local charity.
 
#Greatyarmouth #Centre81 #Norfolk #ClassicCar #Bikeshow #Seafront #Yarmouth #Smiles

Fabulous London Shoot

Often older people are portrayed in various publications & care homes/agencies etc as frail and happy to sit and watch the world pass them by….photographed in bland rooms with beige paint and those lovely (!?) vinyl chairs… thankfully things are changing and one organisation that I work with is at the forefront in changing perceptions & opportunities is AGE UK Camden.

I’ve been fortunate enough to work with them this year on a variety of exciting and challenging shoots, helping to change those preconceptions.

These images were from a shoot on the waterfront in Camden. It was a pleasure to not only photograph these people, but also to sit and talk and hear about their amazing lives – full of stories, love and passion, truly incredible people and who have thirst for life.

Great Fun at a Lovely Beccles Nursery

Famous children’s illustrator Polly Dunbar has created a wonderful mural at a local Suffolk nursery, helping to significantly brighten up the space!
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of popping along to Big Sky Nursery in the charming market town of Beccles to photograph some of the lovely children and to meet and photograph Polly, with the newly created mural.
Dodging rain showers, we had great fun setting up some of the shots, using the odd strobe to add that sparkle, the kids played ball (literally) and were great little models.

Looking back to 2012

A good friend of mine & very talented filmmaker (D David Morin) uploaded this lovely clip from 2012, when I, along with two others cycled from the UK to Rwanda.
 
It’s especially poignant as this trip ultimately led to the birth of my African photographic project #Giveachildcamera
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6xHOoVrl3w&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0wQ7yPGjn5aUgs-w_YShhh-KCt3k9KG07DSQ1xNZYzAKCIpQPrTwaU99c

Norfolk Cycling Team @ UK National Cycling Champs

Yesterday I was out at the feed zone two in Holkham Estate, helping out some good friends at DAP cycling, who were racing in the UK National Champs.
Swapping the camera for several musettes!

Knowing the roads well, I did manage to get ahead of the race on a couple of occasions and shoot some images (packed the 70-200 in the car just in case)

Joining the local DAP riders were a host of household names, including Mark Cavendish MBE, Ian Stannard and eventual winner Ben Swift.
in 25-degree heat, over 180 of the UKs best cycling talent took to the winding country lanes and wind-stricken roads of Norfolk for a true test of grit and endurance over the 125 mile route.
Reigning champion, Connor Swift (Team Arkea-Samsic), was back to defend his title, but he faced competition from 2016 champion Adam Blythe (Lotto Soudal), 2013 winner and former world champion Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) plus 2012 national champion Ian Stannard.

From the start, some of the large UCI teams began driving the pace, gradually thinning out the field, with attacks happening on a regular basis.
The journey from the coast, back through Wroxham and towards home was a telling point, with attack after attack, eventually seeing Ben Swift roll through the tight city centre corners to win the British road race title in some style.
Two of the DAP riders finished in extremely good company, with Andrew Taylor coming in 54th and Harley Matthews a credible 83rd.

#DAPCC #Cycling #Norfolk #NCC #Britishcycling #nationalchamps

Give a Child a Camera – 2019

It is the terrific passion, personality and the eagerness to learn that keeps me going back to Uganda.
The wonderful learning environment at Eden means children are developing into fine young adults and I’m proud to think that some of those children I first met in 2014 are developing in such terrific ways, thanks in part to external funding and the passion from director Ronald.

I’m delighted that in a few months I’ll be returning to rural Uganda, working with a small group of children at the fabulous Eden school and a couple of children from last years project on the Rwandan border who are keen to learn and develop their photography.

Whilst i’m in East Africa I will also be meeting and planning with officials in Rwanda, ready to run the project with new groups in 2020.

#giveachildacamera #africa #eastafrica #uganda #school #children

Cycling fun in Yarmouth

Fabulous shoot a few weeks ago in sunny Great Yarmouth with a wonderful family.

I was on the lookout for some suitable models and up steps one of the most willing and helpful families around! Kindly giving up a couple of hours, they came, bikes in tow ready to pose along the bright and sunny seafront.

Thankfully Yarmouth has now added to the seafront appeal with some equally bright and cheerful beach huts which provided a useful backdrop.

Building Site, Model & Some Excellent Work-wear!

A Fabulous shoot a few weeks back on a Mid Suffolk building site for a strong and reputable tough clothing brand using an actual carpenter as the model – a long but thoroughly enjoyable shoot.

The weather gods played ball and provided pretty good conditions – of course it can always be better (i mean, what photographer doesn’t criticise the light!) but on the whole I had enough to work with, added by two or three studio strobes and the odd reflector.

A potential career change for the model Anthony, should the carpentry work ever dry up!

#Suffolk #Model #Clothing #building #Tough #Photography