The Chairman

Portrait.
The Social photographic project, kindly supported by the Water, Mills & Marshes project is about capturing emotive photographs of people living in Norfolk & North Suffolk is continuing throughout the next two/three years.

Over the coming weeks and months I will be showcasing some of the work to date, which was featured in the 2019 exhibition at Skippings Gallery in Great Yarmouth.

This Portrait is of Norman – The Chairman

I first started cycling when I worked in Norwich. I would usually get a lift, but at some point that fell through, so I started riding my bike to work – It was 1976, a really hot summer, I rode twice a week to work on an Austro-Daimler Puch
For some reason I stopped riding, I think I found out what beer was for! Around 4 years later I picked it up again, joining Great Yarmouth Cycling Club in 1987. A friend suggested I joined and I became part of the fabric GYCC. I joined to go racing, starting with 10mile Time Trials and it just continued, I guess you could say I became hooked. I started to ramp it up, doing serious winter training.
I was no superstar, at district level I was ok and could certainly hold my own. In the early 1990’s I took a lot of club records, a couple of which are still held to this day – not bad going considering the conditions and lack of aero technology.
I became Chairman of the club around 1991, I was young enough and old enough to take it on and I’ve been chairman ever since. The club has done well. At the moment we have over 150 members, which is terrific for our club and the community.

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#Portrait #Watermillsmarshes #GreatYarmouth #Photography #Cycling

Starlings | Lighthouses | Cliffs!

The past week I’ve been shooting imagery in the charming county of Caithness in the far north of Scotland.
As with much of my work at the moment, I am unable to show imagery of the actual shoot. However, I am delighted to share with you some photographs from the area.
During some down time I headed out with the camera one afternoon & evening and captured these rather emotive images. Including watching starlings put on a rather impressive show.

It’s always nice to stay somewhere different, rather than another bland hotel room in some non descriptive building.

#Nosshead #Scotland #Lighthouse #Caithness

A Wonderful Talk in Woodbridge

Last week I gave another talk about the wonderful project #Giveachildacamera and the latest developments from V4 in 2019, to a wonderful group of people in Woodbridge.

Already, the months have flown by since the last visit, but the images remain a constant reminder of the progress the project has made and more importantly the progress some of the children have made.

V5 is due to happen in 2020 – check out www.giveachildacamera.co.uk for more information and to donate to this project.

Surrender – who I have worked with previously, shot some utterly amazing work – one of her portraits is below.
She is just about to go to secondary school, to study further, having achieved some excellent P7 results – she is a bright child and I hope will flourish.

I have been told her family are looking for funds to allow her to fulfill her potential.

Early start pays dividends

Occasionally, an early start to a shoot pays dividends. On the way to a shoot in Ely this week, my journey took me on some delightful roads between Downham Market & Ely.
On one of the B roads, I came across this delightful scene.

Just before sunrise, I lumped the 4×4 onto a verge and shot a few frames – The sheep soon ran away, so I sat it out for 20-30 mins and eventually they returned, getting used to the shivering photographer in smart shoes, mud on the jeans and a funny bobble hat! I managed to shoot a couple of further frames with the 24mm and finally got the one I wanted.

A truly great way to start the day

#Photographer #Shoot #Ely #Sheep #Landscape

Shooting for a Superb Local Charity

I’m always incredibly proud when my work appears in print, on websites and on advertising collateral.
No matter if it’s a small company or large corporate, the fact that they trust you to supply wonderful imagery and uphold their high standards is testament to the hard work I put into each and every shoot.

I’ve been working with the BigC Cancer Charity in Norfolk for a few years, often seeing my work on the side of buses, in print or on big advertising pitches throughout the region.
Last week the charity launched their Online Support Centre website – using a lot of my imagery.
The website has been a key development in the charity and is a great online platform/information portal.
https://support.big-c.co.uk/

if you only support one charity, consider a local one!

Kerry Godliman At The GP Awards 2019

The lovely Kerry Godliman hosted the 2019 General Practice awards last week at Park Plaza in London.
Entertaining more than 650 healthcare professionals at the glittering awards ceremony, Kerry presented more than 20 awards to a mixture of Doctors, Nurses and healthcare staff.

It’s always a great challenge to photograph an awards evening, made enjoyable by the people in attendance. thanks for all the smiles!

Back to my Photography Roots

I was back to my roots a few months ago (having previously worked as a medical photographer) at a lovely health centre in the midlands, shooting images for the medical press.

A great couple of days shooting, working with some of the many committed and passionate NHS employees.

Dame Esther Rantzen | AUC Patron

Recently I was in Central London photographing the Age UK Camden AGM, which was attended by Dame Esther Rantzen, who is AUC Patron.
An enjoyable, and lively AGM.

Sonrisa Workshop in Cambridge

Part of a Fabulous shoot in Cambridgeshire, as part of a regional music platform.
Visiting a few colleges and academies, I had pleasure watching professional musicians come into the classroom, working with young people to create inspirational pieces of music that were later performed to a wider audience.

The arts are so culturally important and thankfully funding from some government, EU and private sectors enables these programs to continue, which in turn help empower and develop young people.