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Rachel de Thame

7 years, 9 months ago Gardens, People 0

A new portrait in the Land Girls series.

Rachel de Thame in her garden, Oxfordshire

Rachel de Thame in her garden, Oxfordshire

Coast of Light

7 years, 9 months ago photography, Travel 0

Some more images from the Coast of Light series, Andalucia. All images Cadiz, except lower left, which is Tarifa Harbour looking towards North Africa.

 

Coast of Light

 

60 minutes

7 years, 9 months ago film, photography 0

Some recent sketch ideas from a walk I regularly take:

 

7 years, 10 months ago Uncategorized 0

I think I uploaded these photos about a year ago in an attempt to create a Tumblr….and did nothing more! So an explanation…..

They are from a shoot I did for Top Gear.. probably in 1999. Journo Peter Grunert and I spent a nightshift with a traffic officer in Chicago. Quite cool really, and were even passengers in a mini car chase with a speeding driver who decided not to stop on the Freeway. Those big American Fords handle like barges when weaving at 105mph!

Land Girls

With the impending GMG event on Wednesday, I am putting up five more portraits from the Land Girls series this week. In no particular order, Maddy Harland, editor of Permaculture and advocate of greener living – Juliet Roberts, editor of Gardens Illustrated –  Lia Leendertz, journalist, author and blogger – Anne Wareham, AKA the Bad Tempered Gardener,  journalist and author –  Alys Fowler, presenter, journalist, author and advocate of greener living.

 

Juliet Roberts

Juliet Roberts

 

Lia Leendertz

Lia Leendertz

 

Anne Wareham

Anne Wareham

 

Alys Fowler

Alys Fowler

Maddy Harland

Maddy Harland

 

The 1985 European Grand Prix at Brands Hatch

8 years ago cars, magazine feature 0

A couple of weeks ago my wife informed me that my calendar was still on the February page. Although not normally one to worry about small life details like this, it did bring about a small rearrangement of detritus around my computer. Mainly putting pens away.

But I did have a crack at sorting out my office pinboard. After peeling away layers of post it notes with computer passwords, obsolete account details and phone numbers, the tidy-up revealed a Grand Prix pass from 1985. Scarily, this may well have been there for 26 years. Not sure if it’s a record, but it’s surely worth a shout.

press pass

I never saw the race on TV, so I had a quick search to see if I could find any footage – and found this yesterday:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/8703637.stm

The 1985 European Grand Prix at Brands Hatch was the first race I attended, and, from memory, was my first freelance car shoot. And as the rooky snapper, I was told to stand at the end of the main straight to record the start. With hindsight, it’s probably the last place you want to be – hence me being told to stand there. If an accident is going to happen, that’s where it will be. I nevertheless did as I was told – and was scared witless. Nothing actually happened, but I remember being hit by a wall of heat and showered with tyre rubber. On the fear factor stakes, it’s up there with being buzzed by a Spitfire, lying down at a track in front of Tiff Needell doing 207mph in a Maclaren and getting married.

Start of the race with Alain Prost running wide

Start of the race with Alain Prost running wide

Ayrton Senna left, and Nigel Mansell right

Ayrton Senna left, and Nigel Mansell right

Ayrton Senna

Ayrton Senna

Ayrton Senna

Ayrton Senna

Nigel Mansell

Nigel Mansell

Alain Prost

Alain Prost

The race saw Brummy Nigel Mansell take his first checkered flag, making it a landmark race for petrolheads. It was also memorable as for me as Ayrton Senna was racing, with him starting on pole. Alain Prost secured the 1985 F1 World Championship by finishing in fourth position.

The footage is worth watching just to hear some of the old names in the commentary, with James Hunt and Murray Walker. Scroll through to about four minutes to see the start. You can see the snappers behind the tyre wall in the second camera position. Then scroll through to 15 minutes to hear the great commentary by Mr Walker, describing Michele Alboreto’s Ferrari lapping, then entering the pit lane in flames. It’s also interesting to see the pit crews, who are wearing nothing more fireproof than a T-shirt, and look as if they’ve just had their tea break interrupted.

The support races are always worth a look. Often with slightly less experienced drivers, the action can be quite dramatic. I was talking to a group of marshalls the day before, watching a Renault Alpine race, when I was suddenly aware that they were no longer standing next to me. Not only were they not there, they had jumped into a dip in the ground, and were screaming at me, to get f*** out of it. A car was running wide, and it took off, ploughing into the tyre barrier next to me. One very early lesson – if the marshalls run, so do you. The photos are full frame so it was closer than one would have liked. No idea who this unfortunate fellow was, but he emerged unscathed, with only a dented ego – and possibly without a contract the following season!

Renault Alpine race

Renault Alpine race

Land Girls

Four more portraits from the Land Girls series from autumn 2010 and summer 2011.

Anna Pavord

Anna Pavord, garden journalist and author

Camilla Phelps, journalist, Tamsin Hope-Thomson and Kate Bradbury, garden journalists and researchers at the BBC allotment, White City

Camilla Phelps, journalist, Tamsin Hope-Thomson and Kate Bradbury, garden journalists and researchers - at the BBC allotment, White City

Veronica Peerless, journalist and deputy editor Which? Gardening

Veronica Peerless, journalist and deputy editor Which? Gardening

Sally Nex, journalist

Sally Nex, journalist

Autumn colour

tennis court

tennis court

autumn colour - test shots, Gunnersbury and Ealing

tennis court

 autumn colour - test shots, Gunnersbury and Ealing

autumn colour - test shots, Gunnersbury and Ealing

autumn colour - test shots, Gunnersbury and Ealing

tennis court

tennis court

autumn colour

tennis court

 

 

Land Girls – Helen Yemm and Polly Higgins

8 years, 1 month ago Garden Photography, Gardens, People 0

Two more portraits from the Land Girls series from autumn 2010 and summer 2011.

Helen Yemm

Helen Yemm, journalist and garden correspondent at Telegraph

Polly Higgins, Barrister, author and environmental campaigner

Polly Higgins, Barrister, author and environmental campaigner

Fulham Palace

8 years, 1 month ago Garden Photography, Gardens, People 0

The restoration work at Fulham Palace.

poppies in walled garden, Fulham Palace

poppies in walled garden, Fulham Palace

walled garden, Fulham Palace

walled garden, Fulham Palace

gardener, Fulham Palace

gardener, Fulham Palace

walled garden, Fulham Palace

walled garden, Fulham Palace

restoration worker, Fulham Palace

restoration worker, Fulham Palace

walled garden, Fulham Palace

walled garden, Fulham Palace

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