Great to have one of my images selected by National Geographic yesterday as part of the twelve pictures their editors chose daily . I’m particularly chuffed because as a photographer , I have always dreamed of being associated in some way with this great institution, plus , between NG and NG-Photo they have a following of over 21 million people ! A added bonus was one of their editors picking out my shot for this comment -below. I am very happy they went with one images from the Translavania , Romania series.
I was asked by creative director Simon Sworn of J.Walter Thompson -London along with Kat Thomas and creative producer Anna Henderson to travel the length & breadth of the UK and photograph everyday folk enjoying cycling in all it’s forms for a new national campaign launching July 2017. After a period of pre-planning I headed out alone at the start of June returning after 4000 miles and 20 days where I then spent another week or so completing the post-production
It was a wonderful opportunity to discover , organise and meet some great people who thankfully allowed me to photograph them despite my chasing them up the street armed only with a camera , model-release form and a letter of introduction from the agency .
I think the images deliberately benefit from the lack of over-production and the element of the moment of place, light, time and subject. Fortunately Simon, Kat and Anna at the agency recognised that too and I’m thankful for their trust and support.
Here is a small selection …
Amy Smith on her unique custom chopper was about to leave for the Glastonbury festival where she and her band ‘ Oh my God it’s the church’ were to perform that weekend . Then there’s young Lucas kelly looking cool in his RAF outfit . The wonderful ‘scrubbers’ that were Andy and Andy resplendent in drag at the Eroica Britannia cycling festival in the Derbyshire peaks national park as was the fabulous Gem Maynard-Watts on his stilts-cycle. Lastly there is Carl Jeffiries MBE cycling on the beach in Northern Scotland where he took over the fab ‘Betty Hill Hotel’ after retiring from the RAF three years ago ( he was the one who taught Prince Harry how to fly Helicopters )!
My image chosen by the Liberty Ellis Island foundation in New York has just been shipped. This was made during a two day and evening shoot for Liberty Mutual with a Phase IQ180 and thankfully a good stabiliser. Both allowing me to get high quality and grain free at relatively slow exposures at night – while hanging out of a Helicopter.
I secured a press pass and spent a week in and out of London’s Great Olympia exhibition Hall making images of what is a unique and banal combination of visitors and exhibitors at the annual Ideal Home show. The subject necessitated I shoot in a slightly tongue-in-cheek way and influenced I think by one of my photographer heroes Martin Parr. Hoping to have these published and will update accordingly .
In London recently there was a ‘terror’ related attack when a deranged man drove a car at speed along the sidewalk of Westminster Bridge killing four pedestrians and a policeman . I went along to the tribute ceremony a week later and photographed.