Maybe it’s this mild autumn weather, or perhaps my mind is engaged in other things, but without picking up my diary I figure it can only be around six weeks until Christmas Day. I don’t feel at all ready to even consider that. I do however work a day or two with ladies that love the festive season, so I am sure it’ll become apparent soon enough. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could give the gift of peace this year. I might put that on my Christmas list.
Anyhow, I thought I should check in with a reminder that I am a photographer, and just lately the bag has been extremely mixed...
An old colleague of mine and extreme entrepreneur called me in to take pictures of some dessert restaurants that he owns. I had no idea…in the past I have photographed golfing events, weddings, cricketers and an overview of Croydon’s highlights for him!
It was a wet day when I headed first to Tooting, then Croydon west. Not the most conducive to ice-cream, but I witnessed some Sundae mastery and even gave myself a cameo role as a happy customer!
For around the past eight years I have been called upon to photograph the Mayors of Islington and Camden laying wreaths in a remembrance service. We have encountered all weathers in that time; this year it started to rain exactly as we stepped outside the chapel! As it’s a sombre occasion it isn’t the kind of job here I can ask people to pose or smile, but I did manage to spot what I thought was an arresting sight and also took a few extras for an upcoming website.
If you have never been to Islington & Camden Cemetery it is worth a visit.
I have just started a mini-series of images, portraying people over the age of sixty who are still living life to the full!
DATES FOR THE DIARY
Islington Arts Society Autumn exhibition ends this Saturday. It is being held at Hornsey Library in Crouch End. I won the photography prize which was a nice bonus. We even made it into the local rag! Open Wednesday to Friday 1pm-7pm and Saturday 1 - 5pm.
Portrait Salon began in 2011 as a response to the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. The NPG Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize is one of the most prestigious photography prizes in the world, attracting entrants from professionals and amateurs alike. To celebrate five years they will be exhibiting one print from every photographer that submitted to and was rejected by the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. That includes me!
The print exhibition will open at 6.30pm this Thursday, 19th November at The Embassy Tea Gallery in London and will be accompanied by a new publication that will look back at the past 4 years of Portrait Salon. The exhibition will close on 22nd November 2015.
Remember to fill those stockings! Until then xx