Rooftop

Quick shoot for a legal magazine on the roof of the Courthouse Hotel in Shoreditch

Beautalism

I've been putting together a wee brutalist photo library for a client. Always had a soft spot for this style of architecture, much maligned but back in the world's good books these days (well some of it, anyway). These are of the Barbican and the National Theatre. Where else would you start??

Look ministerial, please

The reporter and I had been given 20 minutes - in total! - to interview and photograph the housing minister in his office. 

I had contacted his department days previously: is there anywhere I can set up some lights? Could I squeeze in an extra five minutes? No, and no. In the end, I had around 20 seconds at the end of the interview - so I sat him down in front of a window and started shooting. 

'Should I smile?' he asked, as his press secretary hovered nervously in the background. 'Could you look ministerial, please,' I replied. His face softened for a moment and we ended up with a half-decent picture. 

Down by the river

These people are residents of a converted warehouse in Rotherhithe, south London. Incredible place. Hopefully the start of a long-term project. 

Local musicians

These are the first few images from a project on local musicians and promoters. The music scene round here is fantastic - some really talented, enthusiastic and lovely people. 

More to come as and when i get more of these shoots done. 

A portrait of the artist

These were taken for a local magazine; this chap is a fantastic artist called Antony 'H' Haylock, and his site is here

professorial

keylight, fill, cramped room in Rosewood hotel, professor

Lawyer Up

Three set ups in a quick half-hour shoot near London Bridge yesterday

It's been a while..

..but I've been busier than a beaver plagued by visions of an impending apocalypse. Which, as a freelancer, is great. A few recent portraits here.

Band aid

A shoot with a local band who wanted photos of a rubbish party. This was FUN.

les vacances

Camping holiday, northern France. Pretty damp. 

Selfies

The first few of a series of self portraits loosely based on what are (according to Wikipedia) the most common themes on recurring dreams

Weekenders

Just a few portraits taken with an x100t (classic chrome, natch) over the weekend. Light moments!

charity shop volunteers

A few portraits from a commission last week for a London charity - the Octavia Foundation - that has its own chain of shops. These are some of the volunteers. Delightful people - nice gaffs, too

New camera, same parents

I'm not going to join the legions crowing about their Fuji x100t - well, maybe a little. 

Setting aside the quality of images it produces (classic chrome - hubba hubba!) and the gorgeous way it works - it's portable. I wanted to start just shooting again, day to day, place to place. And I have been doing just that. 

Here are two portraits of my parents, taken yesterday in their natural environment. 

Portrait of a tower block #1

Just been working on a series of portraits of residents of one of east London's tallest and most recognisable tower blocks, Winterton House.   

I'll post some of the pictures later. In the meantime here's one of the view from the 22nd floor - looking west towards the City...

Instant sunset

I took this picture of my friend Irene, an author and psychologist and all-round champ, for her website. We had agreed to meet at Leigh beach, which is a wee scrap of sand on the Thames Estuary, just in time for sunset. Only the sunset was obscured by a load of dark clouds, and anyway we were about an hour early because I had got my timings wrong (IT HAPPENS). 

So instead I shot the other way, towards the east; slapped a couple of CTO gels over my flash; stuck it in a softbox - and hey presto! Instant sunset.  

Before they were famous

While doing some mundane backing-up of old files, I came across some pictures I took of Tom Bell. This was a few years ago, and it was a freebie - he was going out with a friend of a friend. Anyway he pops up all over the place these days, and the pictures were good fun to do. So here  are a couple.