Wishing everyone a peaceful and healthy 2019

2018 has been another cracking year for my photography, projects and development.
I’ve crossed paths with so many inspirational people who have had great stories to tell and I feel privileged to have shot images through the UK, Europe & Africa and to have continued to develop my project Give a Child a Camera

One of the most moving moments of 2018 was meeting Musa, (pictured) in Southwest Uganda.
Babyowanba Musa, an orphan living above the town of Katuna. He lives in a small house with an elderly lady who took him in. She digs in the fields every day for around 3500 UGX (Ugandan Shillings),
“We are not sure of the lifespan of Musa” says Mukagatare Jeninah, “he has HIV and it is difficult to look after”
I felt incredibly moved by the passion of the elderly lady who took young Musa into her home – for no other reason than he was on his own, by the local NGO who supplies the ARV drugs to control the health of the those suffering with the horrendous virus and lastly by young Musa, who accompanied me on my walks around the community and taught me (despite my numerous visits to Africa) a lot about living in rural Africa.

The health of young Musa is being monitored and providing he continues to take ARV drugs he should have a relatively stable life ahead – I will be revisiting Musa in 2019.

Wishing everyone a peaceful and healthy 2019

#uganda #africa #giveachildcamera #photography #newyear

Enjoyable Shoot on the Norfolk Broads

This shoot on the Norfolk Broads was only a few weeks ago, but already seems like a lifetime ago – oh how I miss the bright days, warm weather and light evenings… winter is creeping ever closer!

Towards the end of August I popped along to How Hill and Thurne to shoot some frames of happy holiday makers and the wonderful scenery. Enjoying a couple of boat trips, we found some willing models and set about some pretty quick setups to get some tourism material shot.. a thoroughly nice day spent on the river… couldn’t wish for much else could we!

#Norfolk #Broads #Tourism #Boating #Holiday

Talented Young Musicians in Cambridge

A recent commission saw me at St Bede’s school in Cambridge for orchestral rehearsals, featuring some of the top musicians of the area as they prepared for their much-anticipated performance.
The young musicians came together at St Bede for Three days of full rehearsals and fine tuning as the school was turned into a real music environment.
The brief was to document some of the musicians, demonstrating their talent, passion and excitement of the rehearsals.
The talent of these youngsters blew me away, especially some of the percussion guys, who had that edgy cool vibe that could quite easily see them ‘hit the big time’ in the future.

Waveney Rush on the Norfolk Broads

Last week was a varied time of shoots… on the Norfolk Broads, at Olympia in London and then in Tottenham in North London.. Couldn’t really get much more of a mixed bag than that!

The images below were from a shoot at Waveney Rush for BBC Countryfile magazine. Having finished an illustrated feature for the magazine I was then commissioned to also produce a ‘how to’ guide for making a drinks coaster from rushes collected from the Broads… it was easier to shoot than to make..but I do quite fancy having a go at this…

Check out the July issue of the magazine for the full feature and how to guide

In the meantime, if you fancy a visit to a real herirtage industry, I would recommend a call to Waveney rush to see if you can visit the workshop, which has to be in one of the best locations I’ve ever seen!
The company make wonderful matting, baskets and other pieces… stunning!

Modern business portraiture in Cambridge

I Shot some enjoyable portraiture this week for the friendly folks at Future business.

The stunning buildings (in Peterborough & Cambridge) are home to dozens of eco and social enterprise businesses and honestly it seems everyone has a smile!

Getting away from the corporate style of photography, they want images that offer a slightly more relaxed and modern feel and I guess images that are more personable – something I love to shoot!