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Remembrance Day

8 years ago news, photography 0

I went to a Remembrance Day service this morning. It was a shame that a local resident decided 11am was an appropriate time to start manoeuvring a car next to the memorial. Couldn’t even wait a couple of minutes. It made me think about some of the sites I’d visited over the last 18 months – Thiepval, Fromelles and Delville Wood. Amazing places to see, though very sad.

Grave of unknown soldier at the Fromelles Cemetery, France

Grave of unknown soldier at the Fromelles Cemetery, France

Waterlillies

8 years, 1 month ago film, Garden Photography, Gardens, Travel 0

Earlier in the year I visited the Monet Gardens at Giverny to photograph the waterlillies. Prior to the shoot, I was asked to make some test shots for a few ideas I had, and these are the results. Shot at my local, Kew, the ideas weren’t adopted in the end, but a few days ago I finally made some high res scans.

I love using square format. Unfortunately most art directors worry when you mention it. To fit a page, a crop is almost inevitable, making its use irrelevant.  And why shoot a beautful garden in black and white? The area around the lake at Giverny is green. And then there is a lot more green, which is not surprising really, as it’s largely a  woodland type planting. There are occasional splashes of colour, but I wanted to capture the tonality. My darkroom instincts come to the fore in these situations!

Colour was eventually decided on and I shot some lovely graphic images – once these have been published next spring, I’ll post these too. And waterlillies – they’re absolute devils. If they decide to open, it’s a long wait. I timed one and it took 2 hours and 15 minutes. I’d normally have better things to do than standing around with a stop watch, but when you are planning a ferry trip home, it was essential. But worth the wait!

water lilies at Kew Gardens

water lilies at Kew Gardens

water lilies at Kew Gardens

water lilies at Kew Gardens

water lilies at Kew Gardens

water lilies at Kew Gardens

roots in glasshouse at Kew Gardens

roots in glasshouse at Kew Gardens

Land Girls – Dawn Isaac and Lyla Patel

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

Two more portraits from the Land Girls series from summer, 2011.

Dawn Issac

Dawn Isaac, garden designer and journalist in her garden

 

Lyla Patel, guerrilla gardener and blogger

Lyla Patel, guerrilla gardener and blogger, at a site near Lambeth North

Marrakech

8 years, 1 month ago People, photography, Travel 0

A gallery from a recent trip to Morocco.

Homemade Kodak sign, Marrakech, Morocco

Homemade Kodak sign, Marrakech, Morocco

 

Camera shop, Marrakech, Morocco

Camera shop, Marrakech, Morocco

 

Fabric shop in Souk, Marrakech, Morocco

Fabric shop in souk, Marrakech, Morocco

 

Cafe at Museum of Marrakech, Morocco

Cafe at Museum of Marrakech, Morocco

 

ladies shopping in souk, Marrakech, Morocco

ladies shopping in souk, Marrakech, Morocco

 

Souk, Marrakech, Morocco

Souk, Marrakech, Morocco

 

 

Land Girls – Jane Perrone and Bunny Guinness

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

Two more portraits from the Land Girls series from summer, 2011.

Jane Perrone - Gardening Editor, The Guardian

Jane Perrone - Gardening Editor, The Guardian

Bunny Guinness - Broadcaster, author and garden designer, with her dog

Bunny Guinness - Broadcaster, author and garden designer, with Beetle

Urban Gardens and fruit pickers

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

Some more recent portraits, this time urban fruit pickers. Michael, Zhenghan and Brian Deighton, artist, volunteer….and tree owner!

Zhenghan Hao, volunteer fruit picker

Zhenghan Hao, volunteer fruit picker

Brian Deighton, artist and volunteer fruit picker

Brian Deighton, artist and volunteer fruit picker

Michael, fruit picking volunteer and organizer

Michael, fruit picking volunteer and organizer

V1 and V2 bomb sites from WW2

8 years, 1 month ago photography 2

With my fascination with anything from WW1 or WW2, I was quite pleased to have stumbled across the site of a V1 flying bomb on Saturday. I was taking photographs of woodland in Kent, and the owner pointed out a large round hole in the ground. At first, it was difficult to see clearly, as there was fairly dense tree growth. But with an expert eye, he pointed out the raised edge around the hole, indicating the soil had been thrown up in a blast. This is different from ancient mines or quarries which are generally level and also haphazard in shape. It was difficult to estimate the size, but significant damage would have been caused to an urban area.

Apparently many V1 bombs fell short, either being shot down or  having flawed guidance. British news reports concentrated on the bombs that fell north of London, and combined with counter intelligence, the Germans reduced the range of these missiles, believing they were overshooting. They meant they would often fall in less densely populated areas south of the capital.

WW2 V1 flying bomb crater in Kent

WW2 V1 flying bomb crater in Kent

WW2 V1 flying bomb crater in Kent

WW2 V1 flying bomb crater in Kent - you can see the rim to the left.

A couple of weeks ago I was cycling along Staveley Road,  Chiswick, and I noticed this memorial. It is on the site of the first V2 rocket to land in the UK on 8th September 1944. I’ve driven past the site hundreds of times on my rat runs, and never noticed it before. The houses have been rebuilt, though it is sobering to see photographs of the damage.

WW2 V2 rocket memorial in Staveley Road, Chiswick

WW2 V2 rocket memorial in Staveley Road, Chiswick

Urban and Guerrilla gardening

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

A gallery of a few folk I have photographed over the last 18 months. Guerrilla gardeners, urban gardeners and plot holders.

Michael - allotment holder

Michael - allotment holder

Sarah - designer and urban garden volunteer

Sarah - designer and urban garden volunteer

Anna - gardener and urban garden volunteer

Anna - gardener and urban garden volunteer

Heather - Landscape architect, urban gardener/ environmentalist

Heather - Landscape architect, urban gardener/ environmentalist

Jason with his 1959 El Camino urban garden

Jason with his 1959 El Camino urban garden

Les - working on the restoration of the grounds and landscaping at Fulham Palace

Les - working on the restoration of the grounds and landscaping at Fulham Palace

Lewis - urban garden volunteer and organiser

Lewis - urban garden volunteer and organiser

Richard Reynolds - guerrilla gardener with his Austin Maxi

Richard Reynolds - guerrilla gardener with his Austin Maxi

Stephen - garden volunteer

Stephen - garden volunteer

Nate - guerrilla gardener

Nate - guerrilla gardener

Land Girls

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

During the  autumn of 2010 I started photographing a few people I knew for a personal project, initially inspired by a Land Girls poster from WW2. Like the Gardeners’ Hands project from a couple of years ago, it gathered momentum, slowly at first, but by word of mouth it has grown from the original six portraits taken last year, to a surprising 30 portraits. And I only seem to have scratched the surface!

Not a literal interpretation of the original poster, the connection with everyone is that they grow edible plants or plants for cropping in some form – whether in a few pots on a balcony, in an allotment or in a vast garden and who are actively involved in writing, blogging, broadcasting or campaigning.

I plan to put up some of the images on the blog, maybe on a weekly or fortnightly basis, now I have a wide selection of folk. So a few recent portraits, in no particular order!

Beth Chatto, author and one of the UK's most respected plantswomen.

Beth Chatto, author and one of the UK's most respected plantswomen.

Jekka McVicar, plantswoman, organic expert and author, in her herb nursery

Jekka McVicar, plantswoman, organic expert and author, in her herb nursery

Alice Bowe, garden designer and author, making a start on her new veg plot.

Alice Bowe, garden designer and author, making a start on her new veg plot.

Helen Babbs, author, on her balcony in Central London

Helen Babbs, author, on her balcony in Central London

The Coast of Light – August 2011

8 years, 1 month ago photography, Travel 0

A few more shots from Andalucia, August 2011, with a couple slipped in from the Semana Santa, or Holy Week.

Semana Santa, Conil, Spain. Young Penitentes.

Semana Santa, Conil, Spain. Young Penitentes.

Religious shop, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain, with robes worn by Los Penitentes or penitents during Holy Week

Religious shop, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain, with robes worn by Los Penitentes or penitents during Holy Week

Bullfight crowd at El Puerto de Santa Maria, demanding a higher accolade for the torero from the President.

Bullfight crowd at El Puerto de Santa Maria, demanding a higher accolade for the torero.

Bullfight, El Puerto de Santa Maria

Bullfight, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain

Playa Cala del Aceite, near Conil, Spain

Playa Cala del Aceite, near Conil, Spain

Fog on the beach, Conil

Fog on the beach, Conil. Not much will keep the Spanish off the beach in August.

More clay covered bathers with little prospect of sun. Showing my age, but the guy in the middle looks like Mike from the Young Ones.

More clay covered bathers with little prospect of sun. Showing my age, but the guy in the middle looks like Mike from the Young Ones.

McDonalds car park, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain

McDonalds car park, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain

Pool, Conil

Pool, Conil

Cigarette packet, Conil

Cigarette packet, Conil

Flamenco dress shop, Sevilla

Flamenco dress shop, Sevilla

Sinister looking dolls in a shop in Cadiz

Sinister looking dolls in a shop in Cadiz

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