Lumen Campaign Billboards at London Stations

“50 is just the start.”

Inspiring people photographed for Lumen, the dating App for over 50s, who have either embarked on new and exciting challenges, or never stopped doing what they love.

Westonbirt Arboretum

Commission for the excellent Bloom Magazine.

Editor: Zena Alkayat

Art Direction: Sarah Pyke

I was delighted to visit the National Arboretum in Westonbirt for an Autumn shoot last year. Its now on the shelves and here are a few more shots form a fantastic day exploring the Gloucestershire countryside. Many thanks to Forestry England for allowing me so much time and access.

Caractère

Caractère is a Kensington Restaurant run by Emily Roux (granddaughter of Albert, daughter of Michel Roux Jnr) and her husband Diego Ferrari, former head chef of Le Gavroche. I was commissioned by Time Out for the review of these stunning dishes.

Full review at https://bit.ly/2HrfkkW

Shakespeare Walks, London

Thank you to the Globe for inviting me to record the Shakespeare Walks: Sweet Love Remember’d. . 

Directed by Darren Raymond, Artistic Director of Intermission Youth Theatre.

The Shakespeare Walks were set up by Mark Rylance 25 years ago and lead an audience through Westminster and the City of London celebrating places that would have been familiar to Shakespeare in 1599.  The idea is that actors hang out as members of the public and surprise the audience with a speech or sonnet.

Among the actors this year were members of the IYT, Jimena Larraguivel and Mark Rylance himself.

National Geographic Traveller Food: Pie 'n' Mash

For the June issue of the National Geographic Traveller Food Magazine I was asked to photograph the Pie and Mash shops of East London. I love the interiors, the people who work in these places and of course the food. Sadly, some are closing and customers are moving on to other styles of cuisine.

Thanks to Lauren Atkinson-Smith and Chris Hudson for their help in organisation and design and to Glen Mutel for letting me write a little about the experience. But remember, don’t have gravy - stick to liquor and vinegar.

Mark Schomberg - Business Life

Pastry Chef Mark Schomberg, photographed in West London for BA Business Life. Mark works at Pladis, the company who design and develop some of our most loved biscuits and snacks. Commissioned by Carl Harrison at Cedar, beautiful layout by Art Director Henry Elphick.

Delayed Gratification - Grenfell Feature

In Issue 27 of Delayed Gratification, Rob Orchard listened to five stories from the Grenfell tragedy. I am so pleased to be associated with such thoughtful and thought provoking journalism, but far more grateful to the people who gave their time to sit for portraits, Frankie, Ishmael, Antonio, Becka and Joe. 

Maya Jama for the Guardian

Its always a particular pleasure when the Guardian commissions me, as I know how many Photographers they have, and the quality they can call upon on a daily basis. Maya Jama, the Television and Radio Presenter was a joy to shoot, with a wicked sense of humour and endless patience. Below is the article, written by Joanna Moorhead.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/sep/16/maya-jama-what-made-my-dad-a-bad-man

Camperdown Wildlife Centre, Dundee

What's not to like about Bears swimming or a can of Irn Bru? Ask my 4 year old, she was suitably unimpressed and spent nearly the whole time in the canteen.

Arbroath

Home of The Smokie, The Red Lichties and The Declaration Of Arbroath - None of which appear in these pictures.

London Cocktail Week for Kanpai Magazine

London's Six Essential Cocktails for Merchants Heart and their Kanpai! Magazine. Clockwise from top left: Swift's Irish Coffee, Termini's Negroni, Hawksmoor's Shakey Pete, Three Sheets' French 76, Coupette's Champagne Pina Colada and the Experimental Cocktail Club's St Germain De Pres

Budapest Formula 1 Grand Prix Weekend

At the end of July I was asked by Thomas Cook Sport to visit Budapest. The idea was to illustrate, apart from the excitement of the event itself, the buzz of the bars, restaurants and culture. It is an amazingly photogenic place, a perfect size for a weekend break and definitely somewhere I would like to visit again.  

Daniel Day Lewis

I am very sad to see DDL has retired - I photographed him twice, and both times he was utterly charming. There was a hint of mischief in his manner, a feeling he was both totally aware of the absurdity of 'the junket', yet equally happy watching the various dynamics between Journalists, Publicity Officers, Photographers, and Artist Management.

This was at odds with the view I have read several times today, that he was difficult or avoided interviews or publicity.

Like most people who excel at a chosen field, he probably is excelling in many more areas of his life we never see. I remember that Barry McGuigan was convinced he could have been a fighter after training him for The Boxer. Bit late for that Daniel, but let's hope he changes his mind on retirement.

Weald and Downland Living Museum

On the edge of the Sussex Downs a Living Museum. A very wet day!

The Weald and Downland Museum was launched in 1967 by a group of enthusiasts led by  Dr. J.R. Armstrong MBE. The principal aim of the group was to establish a centre that could rescue  examples of vernacular buildings from the South East of England. Staffed by among others a large number of volunteers, the museum is a fantastic place to explore what we have tried desperately to destroy in our pursuit of architectural excellence. It seems we sometimes should look back to take a step forward.

 

Artist Stephen Wright in his House of Dreams

This shot was taken whilst documenting Stephen's House/ Museum in Dulwich a couple of years ago. It is an amazing collection of found objects and  re-fashioned dolls and toys created over the last two decades. Only open on a few days a month on average, perfect for lovers of Outsider Art. I found it incredibly moving hearing his stories of the objects and the driving force behind the project, it is a must see for anyone searching for those London secret gems we all harp on about endlessly.

http://www.stephenwrightartist.com/houseofdreams.php