Sunday, 20 October 2013

A Portrait of Ireland's greatest landscape photographer; Giles Norman

During the summer this year I spent a wonderful ten whole days back in the homeland; Ireland. We started off in Dublin where I saw an English Premier League side; Aston Villa play Shamrock Rovers. Bit of a forgone result, but a great day out. then on to Tralee in Kerry, then on to Kinsale.

Kinsale is a fishing village just outside Cork in Munster. A wonderful town, where my equally wonderful sister-in-law, Mary lives.

Everytime I go back there I always pop into Giles Norman's Gallery. For those of you who don't know him, he is a landscape photographer that produces amazing black and white images of rural Ireland (mainly). The images are evocative of times gone by. You can see his work here.


I have always wanted to take his portrait. This time when I visited the gallery, he was there. So I seized the opportunity. I asked and he readily agreed. A time was set for the next day; the Friday before I was leaving to return to the UK. As we had driven over, I had taken a light stand, umbrella and flash triggers. Most times they don't get any use. So, Friday came and I set up the gear and took the shot. No pressure. But I am told by Catherine, Giles' wife that the  photograph below now hangs in their kitchen.

A big thanks to Giles for sitting and also for a copy (signed no less!) of his new book of photographs of Ireland. Priceless!



Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Year!





Usually we stay at home, have a quiet night in and watch Jools Holland on the box. This year we are braving the cold and rain and heading up to London to see the fireworks and ring in the new year in the shadow of Big Ben! Whatever you do, a very Happy New Year to all of you! I hope this years brings you all that you wish!

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

A Kiss for Hallowe'en...

Happy Hallowe'en to everyone. I hope you won't be too frightened tonight...


As it is the dark season, and I like taking dark photographs. Here is one based on an old Dracula movie poster.... Enjoy and thanks to Catherine for being such a convincing vampire!

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Shooting The Past... Part 3


















I was saving the best until last. This old MG was definitely my favorite car on a recent shoot. Everything about this old car says class, style, and distinction. What a beauty!




Monday, 30 July 2012

Shooting the Past... Part 2

Inspector Morse and Downton Abbey, this is what I thought when I first saw this Jaguar and the Rolls Royce.

Another world... enjoy...

I can imagine Inspector Morse driving through the streets of Oxford. I first saw the TV detective in the 80's and it portrayed to me what i thought was the quintessential English City; Oxford. 

It was a pleasure to shoot these cars, thought the Jag was a bit tricky. I was limited on space for the detail shots, but it was worth it in the end.



















The Rolls was even trickier, its all angles and chrome, but what a Lady! This car just screams Downton Abbey!
















Monday, 23 July 2012

Jerry Hall, a Tuba and some graffiti...

We had a blast down in Brighton last week with a photowalk organised by my good friend Glyn Dewis. A great photographer who is always ready to give to the community at large, go and see his work here... you can also see the excellent results of the competition he ran during the day. Well done to those deserving winners!

I was lucky enough to bump into Ms Jerry Hall...


An interesting Tuba Player...


And Brighton must be the capitol of the graffiti world; it is everywhere and very good too! 






A big thanks to Glyn for organizing a great day out and to James for being a great guide to Keith and myself!



Tuesday, 17 July 2012

The Olympic Torch Relay... Windsor

Its not everyday that the Olympic games come around, actually it's every four years... But it's a once in a lifetime event when it comes to where you live. How could I miss out on this. The Olympic Torch is continuing its relay all around the country and this week, last Tuesday, it visited Windsor. I took a late look, grabbed my camera and set out to find a vantage point along the Long Walk in the shadow of Windsor Castle.

When I first came to these shores, compared to the Irish weather, I thought it was tropical over here!  Well I must be getting acclimatized after all these years; it was cold and raining. Reminded me of home.

What a great sight it was to see the flame that embodies the Spirit of The Games! I can't wait for them to start!




The crowds that braved the elements were fantastic! There was an Army Brass Band, a choir, rides for children and of course the usual trinket touts.






































Roll on the Games, I am one of the lucky ones with tickets!