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Pigalle Paris - night photography
23rd September 2016 - 0 comments
In: Travel

Pigalle, Paris
Raining in Paris - view from my window
22nd September 2016 - 0 comments
In: Travel

Montmartre, Paris

When I checked the weather forecast for my stay in Paris last week, and just saw predicted cloud and rain, I was half feeling a bit 'meh' about it, especially knowing I was leaving behind 30C sunshine in London! At the same time I was also quite excited about photography potential of getting my rainy/umbrella shots, but it all worked out in the end.

I took this shot from my apartment window one rainy early morning after breakfast. The light was quite moody and liked the silhouetted pedestrians, holding umbrellas as they walked up this street.
Pigalle Paris street photography
20th September 2016 - 0 comments

Pigalle, Paris | 2016

Paris’ Pigalle is an epicenter of debauchery with door to door sex shops, peep shows, strip clubs, cabarets, and many other, unpublishable X-rated adventures on the main boulevards. In terms of seediness, Pigalle might take the cake. Very touristy though because of Moulin Rouge windmill.

I scouted Pigalle during the day and then I went back there under the cover of darkess with my camera, as I saw some potential photo wise, esp. with all the neon signs & lights etc. There were many of these narrow, quiet, side passage hotels in the area just like this one I thought were cool to photograph. I was thinking I could never live in this area, never mind stay in a hotel here just for a few days.

As I was getting some shots, I heard the voices of some little kids talking behind me. The older sis said 'Excusez-moi' and I let them pass. I guessed they were brother and sister. As I took some shots, I wondered where they were going hand in hand, alone in this sleazy part of town, and why they kept looking back. But it wasn't me they were looking at....

A few seconds later, I heard another adult female voice 'Excusez-moi' it was their mother, carrying some heavy bags I let her pass by. I remember as she did, her starring at me for a few seconds. I couldn't tell if it was a look of despair, uneasiness and/or sadness but I realised as the kids walked into the hotel, that is where they all lived.
Back from my travels to Paris
19th September 2016 - 0 comments


Well, I'm back from my short 4 day stay in paris today. Booo! But wow, what a trip it was. The last time I was over there was in 2013 when I was invited over to hang out with John Free's Paris street photography workshop group.

This time around, I went solo and had a schedule of places I wanted to check out, mostly off the beaten tourist path. It was September and extremely busy in parts, so even more challenging photo wise. I also met up with some Parisian friends and explored some very interesting Paris locations I had never been before. Paris has so many amazing spots for street and urban photography. I will need to return very soon!

I haven't had a real chance to go through my photos as yet, but I will start to upload some of my favourites from my trip over the coming few days! Stay tuned. Au revoir! 😀
Crack o' dawn over Maida Vale London
09th September 2016 - 0 comments


Crack o' dawn view of Maida Vale, London from my window. I went back to bed afterwards as I can't remember why I was up so early!? :-)
J'aime Paris
07th September 2016 - 0 comments
In: Travel


I am quite excited to be re-visiting Paris this month. Its hard not to love the city and get totally absorbed in the sights and sounds, culture, architecture and old tradition. I will hopefully be exploring some new areas and meeting some street photographer friends while I am there. I'll of course be taking my digital cameras with me just incase, though still deciding whether to take my haunted Minolta film camera or not!

Either way, I have been working far too hard and am need of a little mini break. Paris after all, is just a skip and a hop (well sorta) on the Eurostar train from London, so escaping to Europe is relatively easy!
Seen In.... Happy World Photography Day
19th August 2016 - 2 comments
Happy World Photo Day! An international event held on August 19th that embraces a passion for photography and it's ability to inspire communities.


Southbank, London
Cornwall on film - black and white photography
14th August 2016 - 0 comments
In: Travel


I found some old black & white film scans from a holiday to St. Ives, Cornwall 2012. Shot on, a Minolta camera I purchased off Ebay. The seller gave me a back story and said the camera was originally owned by a deceased Cuban lady. I've taken it on my travels around the world. It did play up a few times and ruined some rolls of film or gave me double exposures, etc. I always thought to myself, I bet that Cuban lady either doesn't want me to use it or she's playing pranks on me from beyond!! Perhaps not, just an old, well travelled film camera with its quirky flaws....!

I'll post a few more scans from my trip to Cornwall in another blog post.
Seen in...Westbourne Park - Rubber ducky in urban jungles
11th August 2016 - 0 comments


Rubber ducky seen in the urban jungles of Westbourne Park, London.
Lisbon Geometry - Travel Street Photography
09th August 2016 - 0 comments
In: Travel


A bit of Tuesday street photography geometry for ya! Taken in Lisbon.
Taken in Lisbon, Portugal
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04th August 2016 - 0 comments


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Norwegian Air inflight magazine - British Photographers mention
01st August 2016 - 0 comments
I got a mention in the August edition of N By Norwegian, the inflight magazine for Norwegian Air, who got in touch a few weeks ago to say I was recommended as one of the best leading British street photographers, by the featured Italian photographer Lorenzo Grifantini.😊 ✈️ 📷



With thanks to Lorenzo, who's wonderful Italian beach life series of photographs are featured in this issue along with interview with him. Check it out on pages 69-75.
An Ideal for Living: photography Exhibition at Beetles + Huxley gallery
30th July 2016 - 0 comments
Check out the new An Ideal for Living exhibition at Huxley + Beetles gallery in Mayfair, London. The exhibition opened on 27 July and will continue to run until 17 September 2016. I'm planning to go see it over the weekend.

I created a We Shoot People Meetup event including a gallery visit plus a street photo walk around central London afterwards if you wish to join us.



"An Ideal for Living is an exhibition about how photographers have perceived class, culture and identity in modern Britain. Drawing on the work of 29 diverse photographers, it considers how photographing Britain has contributed to the creation of a collective national identity. The exhibition shows the variety and creativity with which photographers have sought to document what they consider to be a particularly British way of life from the 1920s to now.

The exhibition opens with photographs of British life in the interwar period. Photographs by Emil Otto Hoppé, Bill Brandt and Henri Cartier-Bresson show the early preoccupation with documenting the British class system. Brandt's landmark photobook, The English at Home (1936), cast a satirical look over social divides and notions of English propriety. The publication would go on to become a benchmark for photographers seeking to comment on the idiosyncrasies of the British class system as it has developed and subdivided through the course of the last century."


Beetles + Huxley is situated at 3-5 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DE (closest tube stations Piccadilly or Green park)
Seen in Shoreditch, London - street photography
28th July 2016 - 0 comments


I was out today testing out a new selfie stick I had delivered this morning, (a long story, don't ask!). Anyway, as I was walking around the Shoreditch area looking for some cool locations, when I spotted this interesting window scene. I had my Panasonic and Sony cameras in my bag, but didn't want to miss the moment. So I unwittingly got away with taking the shot with my 'iPhone on a stick' without being noticed. I guess she just thought I was just another visitor to the area, taking selfies! :P Seen in Shoreditch, London - street photography
Seen on Whitby Street E1
25th July 2016 - 0 comments


Seen on Whitby Street, London E1 during a Brick Lane / Shoreditch photo walk on Sunday.
Seen near Brick Lane, London
24th July 2016 - 0 comments


Seen near Brick Lane, London today during a photo walk with my photography Meetup group We Shoot People. As you may already know I am a huge Prince fan. So walking down a random street and discovering a street art tribute piece dedicated to Prince was a stroke of fate :)
Full day street photography workshop
22nd July 2016 - 0 comments


This week I had another 1-2-1 street photography workshop booked with a student who contacted me a couple months ago. Laudo advised that he was pretty open to learning new things, such as making better creative photos, improve his compositions and thus making stronger photos, but his main concern was that he was a bit scared about getting too close to subjects in order to get a good shot. The result is that he would end up just getting shots of back's of heads or just play things too safe which left him a bit frustrated with his images.



So we scheduled a full day workshop in central London. We met in the very cool chilled out space inside the Holborn hotel where he was staying and with my personalised notes & example images on my iPad took him through some basic theory on content, composition, some camera techniques and a bit about psychology (like body language), that may help him get closer and shoot with less fear. We then hit the streets to continue the workshop.

Laudo was using a Sony RX100 III, which is a very small, portable but high quality camera, and ideal for street photography. When I first meet with a student, I like to observe his or her initial way of shooting, style and technique as everyone has a different approach. I can then highlight anything I can see to help improve their success right. I could see that he was quite hesitant when he saw a street photo opportunity, so I encouraged him on many occasions to take the shot without thinking too long, and/or I would take the shot myself without issue, so he could change his negative fear to positive productivity. Also, when he was using his flip screen, he was using the widest default range so everything looked too far away, which would end up with him having to crop to enlarge the image later and possibly diminish the overall quality and the original frame.



As the workshop went on, and guiding him through some of the techniques I was teaching him, I would encourage him to get a bit closer and think about his compositions more, instead of the 'shoot n' run' technique he was using before which wasn't doing him any good.

I took him through many different styles of street from street portraits, decisive moments, to geometrical, light-play creative style shots so he had a variety of shots to take away with him and learn from. By the mid to end of the workshop, I was joking with him without him realising that he had gone from 'I'm afraid to get too close' to actually almost being in people's faces with his camera which he didn't even realise he was doing! He was so busy focusing on trying to perfect his photos in camera as I taught him, that I could see that he almost forgot to be afraid more times than not!

Baring in mind, it was the second hottest day of the year, we had lunch and about 5-6 rehydration breaks! Still we managed to wander around most of Holborn, Covent Garden, Soho, Chinatown, Leicester Square, Mayfair and finally Carnaby Street. Just as well both our camera batteries had drained and we were also physically exhausted from walking several miles all day in the hot London sun!

As we said our goodbyes, Laudo thanked me and said he was extremely happy with the many photographs he had taken, that he had learnt a lot from spending the day walking around with me and that he felt a lot more confident than he did before the workshop. An extremely fun and productive day overall!
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18th July 2016 - 0 comments
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Raining Outside My Window Pt II
11th July 2016 - 0 comments


Another shot taken from my apartment window on a rainy day in London.

I am a great admirer of past masters W. Eugene Smith and Saul Leiter who both inspired this series of photos about life outside my window.

Between 1957 and 1965 W. Eugene Smith made approximately 40,000 exposures both inside the loft building at 821 Sixth Avenue, of the nocturnal jazz scene, and of the street below as seen through his fourth-floor window. This classic body of work, is from a series entitled "As From My Window I Sometimes Glance".

Saul Leiter was a prolific painter and photographer from Pittsburgh USA. A true master and some consider a pioneer of film based colour photography in the 1940s and 1950's, and remains a true inspiration for me. I highly recommend a feature documentary about Saul, called "In No Great Hurry" if you have yet to watch it.

Available as a fine art print.
Raining Outside My Window Pt I
11th July 2016 - 0 comments


Taken from my apartment window. When I don't fancy going out in the rain to get some street shots, having a room with a view definitely has its perks!

Available as a fine art print.
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