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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!
Prints recently sold on Etsy...
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.
Seen in Westbourne Park, London
08th July 2016 - 0 comments


I think the newspaper hat was for protection from the rain... and not bird poop.
Pride in London 2016 - Street Photography London
25th June 2016 - 0 comments










Attended the Pride in London 2016 event this afternoon in central London with my We Shoot People photography Meetup. The sun was out and there was a massive turn out to celebrate diversity in London. The Pride Parade made its route from Oxford Street, down Regent Street, through Piccadilly and ended in Whitehall. Always a great event for photo opps.
Brick Lane street photography Walk - We Shoot People Group
19th June 2016 - 0 comments






Just back from a great photo walk event around Brick Lane, with my street photography group We Shoot People. It was cool to see lots of new faces and of course the regulars who attended today. See some of their cool photos here. I noticed it was slightly quieter than usual for a Sunday, maybe because folks were out about celebrating Fathers Day. Made it a bit easier to get some clean compositional street shots! Here are a few pics I took earlier today.

Next event up is our Camden photo walk on 25th June 2016!
Street Photography Walks coming up - June 2016
12th June 2016 - 0 comments


Having a crazy busy month already, but wanting to fit in some street photography walks for June with the Meetup group We Shoot People. Want to come along?

Upcoming weekend walks:
19th June - Brick Lane / Shoreditch
25th June - Pride In London/Parade

Will try and get 1 or 2 mid-week evening events too if I can squeeze them in!

If you are not already a member, its simple to sign up to the Meetup group. Once you are approved as a member, you may RSVP to reserve your spot on an event you wish to attend space permitting. Then get notified about future events via email as they get added if you wish.

The group is for beginner and intermediate street photographers alike. Meet fellow street shooters, swap tips & ideas, have fun, and have a social photo walk around town within a friendly group!
Seen in Leicester Square - London Street Photography
11th June 2016 - 0 comments


Seen in Leicester Square - London Street Photography.
Donating photographs to animal care shelter
08th June 2016 - 0 comments




Humane Society of Johnson County an animal care shelter in Indiana contacted me in regard to donating a pic for a fundraising event. Of course I said yes, and have donated these two pics; a signed 8x12" of the man & dog one taken in Portobello Road market, Notting Hill Gate, and a 8x8" square print of the cat in window one taken near Shoreditch. :-)

They are hosting a fundraising event in July and will offer these photos as part of their silent or live auction. The theme is Art Unleashed: Through Their Eyes and is being held at a local winery, Mallow Run Winery.

‪#‎animallivesmatter‬ ‪#‎animals‬ ‪#‎cats‬ ‪#‎dogs‬
Seen in Soho, London - Barbershop abstract
01st June 2016 - 0 comments

Some late night, barbershop abstract street photography action, taken in Soho, London.
Seen in Mayfair, London
28th May 2016 - 0 comments


I love old traditions like this mobile shoe-shine service in the middle of Burlington Arcade. When this well-suited man stopped to get his brogue shoes a quick polish, I popped a few candid shots.

The Burlington Arcade is a covered shopping arcade in Mayfair, London that runs behind Bond Street from Piccadilly through to Burlington Gardens. I enjoy passing through as I love the beautifully designed decor and the bijou shops full of luxury items! It is one of the precursors of the mid-19th-century European shopping gallery and the modern shopping centre.
Shoreditch cat is a natural in front of the camera
24th May 2016 - 0 comments


Shoreditch cat is a natural in front of the camera.

I am a cat lover and love candidly photographing them if I see one during my photo walks. As I was walking down an East London street, I noticed this cute cat in the window, just sitting there a bit bored, so I spent a couple minutes playing chase my finger, which she seemed to love! I didn't want to go, but thought I'd take a photo so I could remember this beautiful, photogenic cat. As I took the shot, it looked straight down my camera lens!
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23rd May 2016 - 0 comments



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