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.

Summer Shoot on the Norfolk Broads

With the wet and cold weather firmly set in for Winter,  it seems suitable to look back a few months on some of my shoots on the Norfolk Broads, in particular three wonderful days on the Northern & Southern Broads, photographing cyclists, holidaymakers, day trippers, horse riders and locals, all of whom made the summer so much fun for me & my camera gear!

DAP CC National B Road Race | Beccles

The DAP CC National B road race was in full swing this morning in sunny Suffolk – what fabulous weather on a terrific course.

Terrific morning photographing the folks – well done to Toby Atkins taking the win for the Active Edge Race Team

#roadrace #cycling #dapcc #racing #suffolk #ActiveEdge

August edition @Suffolkmag a Rural Airfield in Suffolk

In the August edition of Suffolk Magazine, is the illustrated feature of my time spent at the quirky & lovely rural airfield in Beccles. A wonderful example of passion and hard-work in running a CAA approved airfield in this corner of Suffolk.

“The light warm breeze carries the unmistakable smell of the countryside while the wind sock at the far end of the airfield flutters and the unmistakable hum of an airplane engine carries on above my head.

Eyes darting through the cloud and across rich blue sky, I scan the area for a sign of the approaching plane, suddenly it sounds as though an engine is cut and within what seems like seconds the clouds above me are lit up magically. Brightly coloured canopy’s scatter themselves at varying stages of descent. A few years ago, that would have been me. Watching the skydivers land across the runway and fields I wonder if I still have it in me.

The Cessna Caravan having emptied the load breaks through the cloud, suddenly swinging down onto the runway, practically brushing the tops of the trees, it comes to almost an immediate stop. A handful of eager looking skydivers are ready and waiting for their flight to the drop zone. It sure is a busy day for the pilot”.

The rush cutters of Oulton Broad

In the June edition of BBC Countryfile is a feature on Waveney Rush of Oulton Broad.

Spending a couple of days with the team of rush cutters and weavers, I joined them on the river, where they cut the bull rushes, then back to their lovely workshop on the banks of Oulton Broad. Watching as they weave the rush into magnificent mats, baskets and in the case of the tutorial, coasters!

If you’re local they are well worth a visit

A Contemporary Woodturner

This illustrated feature on Contemporary Woodturner Andy Coates should be appearing in the next month or two.

I shot these images a couple of months back when I visited Andy’s workshop and gallery in Beccles.

I had never seen such delicate wood turning and craft skills before and I was completely transfixed by his style and design.

His workshop is well worth a visit! http://www.andycoates.co.uk/

A Suffolk Woodturner

Recently I spent time with Andy Coates, a professional woodturner based in Beccles. I’m working on a magazine feature exploring the wonders that Andy creates.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable morning, learning about the industry and watchingAndy turn an ordinary piece of wood into something rather exquisite…

The contemporary pieces that Andy creates are really quite something and unlike anything I’ve seen before.

Full photos and feature to come in the next couple of monthsAndy Coates Professional Woodturner