Very happy to be a winner with two images at this years contest and in the book and archive.
I’m particularly happy it’s two images from last years NGO work in Africa that have garnered the recognition from judges that included the picture editors of the New York Times , Time magazine and The New York Times magazine .
The first picture is of little Hasifa Bikobere and her sisters at their home in the district of Kamuli in Eastern Uganda. They have quietly slipped into the corner of their grandfathers bedroom where he is dying and stand in silence in the corner while their mother nurses him.
The second picture is of their grandfather -Mr Livingston Nsaawa being tended by his daughter Winfred, the children’s mother, he passed away not too long after my visit and was buried on land attached to the home as is the custom .
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 )!
The documentary by Icon Films , ‘Andrew Marr – My Brain and Me’ was broadcast this week on the BBC and my pictures I made of Andrew were widely used across all national digital and print media . Here is a one of the photographs in this weeks RadioTV Times magazine.
This is great the actor and director Charles Dance OBE, most recently ‘Tywin Lannister’ the Lord of Casterly Rock in ‘Game of Thrones ‘.
Charles is providing the narration for the new Natural History mini series ‘Savage Kingdom ‘ , that follows warring animal tribes battling for survival in remote regions of Africa . Premiering in the U.S.A. on the NatGeoWild channel , November 25.
I was kindly asked by the producer Icon Films and NatGeo Wild channel, to provide behind-the-scenes and promotional pictures of Charles here working in the small basement recording studio in Soho during the recordings. Lovely man, what a voice , what a production , what a film . Thank you Harry & Laura Marshall / Anna Gol at Icon . Thanks also to the little wifey Mihaela, for providing her usual impeccable make up skills ( for Charles, not me … although the time is fast approaching ) !
Charles Dance OBE. Darran Rees / Nat Geo Wild / Icon Films