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Portobello Road, Notting Hill selfie
17th October 2016

A West London selfie taken during a photo walk through Portobello Road, Notting Hill Gate, London.
Filming in London for new project coming soon
12th October 2016

A looong but fun day filming around Portobello Road, Notting Hill, Soho, Chinatown and Shoreditch, London for a new photography project coming soon! :-)
Inside peek at Amateur Photographer magazine feature
06th October 2016

So, I managed to get my hands on a hard copy of Amateur Photographer magazine and I'm very pleased with what they did with the layout of my double-page feature in this special street photography edition! If you're a beginner or seasoned street tog, and looking for some creative inspiration and pro tips this is the issue to get!

Amateur Photographer is also available to purchase in digital and print versions via their website.
Day 3 of 3 street photography workshops - Shoreditch, London
01st October 2016
Day 3 of 3 street photography workshops - Shoreditch, London

Day 2 of 3 street photography workshops - Soho, London
30th September 2016
Day 2 of 3 street photography workshops - Soho, London

Day 1 of 3 street photography workshops - Notting Hill Gate, London
29th September 2016
Day 1 of 3 street photography workshops - Notting Hill Gate, London

Amateur Photographer magazine street photography feature
27th September 2016
I'm very pleased to announce that I have a two-page spread inside the latest special Street Photography edition of Amateur Photographer magazine. I offer some top tips for achieving great candid shots and street portraits, along with selection of some of my favourite taken images. Out now to download as a digital version or as a printed magazine!

Paris street photography - Palais Royal
24th September 2016

Palais Royal, Paris

Out on a wet and windy evening in Paris with a couple other photographers, I embraced the rain! Paris is a very beautiful city to photograph, come rain or shine and discovering new locations, learning new historical info from my Parisian companions was actually was quite enjoyable... apart from my non water-proof sneakers which got soaked! After walking approx. 3.5km into the Paris night from Palais Royal and ending in Faubourg Saint Denis, a nice meal and a glass or two of vin blanc at a cool bistro was well and truly welcome!
Pigalle Paris - night photography
23rd September 2016

Pigalle, Paris
Raining in Paris - view from my window
22nd September 2016

Montmartre, Paris

When I checked the weather forecast for my stay in Paris last week, and just saw predicted cloud and rain, I was half feeling a bit 'meh' about it, especially knowing I was leaving behind 30C sunshine in London! At the same time I was also quite excited about photography potential of getting my rainy/umbrella shots, but it all worked out in the end.

I took this shot from my apartment window one rainy early morning after breakfast. The light was quite moody and liked the silhouetted pedestrians, holding umbrellas as they walked up this street.
Pigalle Paris street photography
20th September 2016

Pigalle, Paris | 2016

Paris’ Pigalle is an epicenter of debauchery with door to door sex shops, peep shows, strip clubs, cabarets, and many other, unpublishable X-rated adventures on the main boulevards. In terms of seediness, Pigalle might take the cake. Very touristy though because of Moulin Rouge windmill.

I scouted Pigalle during the day and then I went back there under the cover of darkess with my camera, as I saw some potential photo wise, esp. with all the neon signs & lights etc. There were many of these narrow, quiet, side passage hotels in the area just like this one I thought were cool to photograph. I was thinking I could never live in this area, never mind stay in a hotel here just for a few days.

As I was getting some shots, I heard the voices of some little kids talking behind me. The older sis said 'Excusez-moi' and I let them pass. I guessed they were brother and sister. As I took some shots, I wondered where they were going hand in hand, alone in this sleazy part of town, and why they kept looking back. But it wasn't me they were looking at....

A few seconds later, I heard another adult female voice 'Excusez-moi' it was their mother, carrying some heavy bags I let her pass by. I remember as she did, her starring at me for a few seconds. I couldn't tell if it was a look of despair, uneasiness and/or sadness but I realised as the kids walked into the hotel, that is where they all lived.
Back from my travels to Paris
19th September 2016

Well, I'm back from my short 4 day stay in paris today. Booo! But wow, what a trip it was. The last time I was over there was in 2013 when I was invited over to hang out with John Free's Paris street photography workshop group.

This time around, I went solo and had a schedule of places I wanted to check out, mostly off the beaten tourist path. It was September and extremely busy in parts, so even more challenging photo wise. I also met up with some Parisian friends and explored some very interesting Paris locations I had never been before. Paris has so many amazing spots for street and urban photography. I will need to return very soon!

I haven't had a real chance to go through my photos as yet, but I will start to upload some of my favourites from my trip over the coming few days! Stay tuned. Au revoir! 😀
Crack o' dawn over Maida Vale London
09th September 2016

Crack o' dawn view of Maida Vale, London from my window. I went back to bed afterwards as I can't remember why I was up so early!? :-)
J'aime Paris
07th September 2016

I am quite excited to be re-visiting Paris this month. Its hard not to love the city and get totally absorbed in the sights and sounds, culture, architecture and old tradition. I will hopefully be exploring some new areas and meeting some street photographer friends while I am there. I'll of course be taking my digital cameras with me just incase, though still deciding whether to take my haunted Minolta film camera or not!

Either way, I have been working far too hard and am need of a little mini break. Paris after all, is just a skip and a hop (well sorta) on the Eurostar train from London, so escaping to Europe is relatively easy!
Happy World Photography Day
19th August 2016
Happy World Photo Day! An international event held on August 19th that embraces a passion for photography and it's ability to inspire communities.

Southbank, London
Cornwall on film - black and white photography
14th August 2016

I found some old black & white film scans from a holiday to St. Ives, Cornwall 2012. Shot on, a Minolta camera I purchased off Ebay. The seller gave me a back story and said the camera was originally owned by a deceased Cuban lady. I've taken it on my travels around the world. It did play up a few times and ruined some rolls of film or gave me double exposures, etc. I always thought to myself, I bet that Cuban lady either doesn't want me to use it or she's playing pranks on me from beyond!! Perhaps not, just an old, well travelled film camera with its quirky flaws....!

I'll post a few more scans from my trip to Cornwall in another blog post.
Rubber ducky seen in the urban jungles of Westbourne Park
11th August 2016

Rubber ducky seen in the urban jungles of Westbourne Park, London
Seen in Lisbon - Travel Street Photography
09th August 2016

A bit of Tuesday street photo geometry for ya!
Taken in Lisbon, Portugal
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04th August 2016

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Norwegian Air inflight magazine - British Photographers mention
01st August 2016
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
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

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

Seen on Whitby Street, London E1 during a Brick Lane / Shoreditch photo walk on Sunday.
Seen near Brick Lane, London
24th July 2016

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

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
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Raining Outside My Window Pt I
11th July 2016

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.
Raining Outside My Window Pt II
11th July 2016

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.
Seen in Westbourne Park, London
08th July 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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
Barbershop abstract - Soho, London
01st June 2016

Some late night, barbershop abstract action, taken in Soho, London.
Seen in Mayfair, London
28th May 2016

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

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

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Why you should never delete your photos
20th May 2016

A rainy day photograph I found in the 'Vaults' today. This was taken in Soho, London September 2015. I was out on a photo walk, one of the evenings after some heavy downpour in the UK that flooded most of the country. I took a few shots from this Soho location, but at the time, I wasn't sure which shot from the series was my overall favourite. A few months on, it turns out its this one I like the best. The moral of this story is never delete the photos from your camera, no matter how rubbish you think it looks at the time. Even when you get home and look at them on your big screen monitor and you are still unsure about what to keep and what to delete, for whatever reason.

If you are not sure about a shot, store it away - keep it, back it up somewhere. There are so many freebie 'cloud storage' services available if you don't have a USB stick drive, a portable hard drive to copy your image files to. I'm quite religious with my backups now after almost losing ALL of my original files stored on a failing hard drive.

After every photo walk I do, I create & name a new folder on my Mac with the date and location of the shoot for my reference (i.e 20 May 2016 - Soho). As I review the photos from that shoot, I save the usable files (one high res & one low res) in that folder, this then gets auto backed up to my portable hard drive via Time Machine, and then this is copied to my Google Drive cloud storage area, so if both my Mac and portable drive go up in flames, I still have my cloud copies! Yes I'm a tad organised, but it is for very good reason. I'm not just overly OCD!

If like myself, you make and sell prints of your work, you need to be able to find that file for processing. I will get a print enquiry from someone about a photo that I shared on one of my social media pages. If you don't know, some of my shared street photography images date back to 2009. That's over 7 years worth of photos, that's tens of thousands of images I need to easily access and find that high res version of a specific file efficiently. Thinking back to before I had this filing system, it was virtually impossible to find image files I was looking for. I just randomly saved my images to some folder or just threw them on the Mac desktop. But now I have my 'vault', it is so much more simple to find and grab any file when I need it, especially when I have a deadline to send an image file to the printing lab. It just makes my life a whole lot easier.

Another reason I keep my files, is every so often I review a batch of older images that I've taken. They that didn't make the original cut for whatever reason and occasionally find an image I really like from that bunch, and think why didn't I notice this one before. It could be for one or a number of reasons: a) I didn't think it was visually strong enough or b) I wasn't sure it was the strongest in the series I took or even c) maybe it was not perfect in your mind, but your style may have changed or maybe now you just don't mind quirky imperfections! d) other. Every photographer should have a 'vault', a personal collection, containing your body of work that you can return to, dip into, review, rework, get inspiration from.

What have I learnt from this? Simply taking a step back from my own photos, if that's a week, a month, or a year; disconnecting myself emotionally from my images, and revisiting them from almost 'another persons' point of view, can make you see them completely differently. I have occasionally found a few gems such as this one, that I had completely forgotten that actually ended up growing on me!

This image is available as a photographic print here.
Seen in Notting Hill Gate, London
15th May 2016

Seen in Notting Hill Gate, London.

So much colour in this part of town. Taken on my iPhone as on my way home with bags full of shopping, I didn't take my camera with me. Not sure why there was a chair there, but it added to the randomness of the photo!
Columbia Road Flower Market - Street Photography
09th May 2016

It was such a lovely sunny hot day at Columbia Road Flower Market yesterday! I love it down there - always a great buzz and atmosphere when the flower sellers are in action. I hosted a Sunday afternoon, street photography Meetup with my group We Shoot People. It was great fun hanging out with some lovely group members. Shame the weathers gone to pot today with the rain - typical British Summer! :)
Street photography London Meetups - May 2016
06th May 2016
Some new May street photography Meetup events coming up with We Shoot People....

  • Sunday, 8th May 2016
    Columbia Road Flower Market
    Columbia Road Flower Market is a famous Sunday market in East London, within walking distance of Brick Lane/Shoreditch. On Sunday the street is transformed into oasis of foliage and flowers and is full of characters and a great atmosphere c/o the charismatic flower sellers! A great place to get up close and personal for some street photography and street portraits!

    We will take a short detour walk through the colourful, graffiti filled Shoreditch area then spend some time on Columbia Road getting some street shots. To join in, simply sign up as a member of We Shoot People Meetup group and RSVP!

    Next weekends Meetup walk will be Portobello Road Market on the 14th.
Seen in City of London, London
05th May 2016
Seen in City of London, London.

New print on Etsy - Lisbon Travel photography
30th April 2016
New Lisbon travel photography print available in my Etsy Store.

Taken during a trip in Lisbon, through the window of a tram on a rainy day. Square print format 8x8" to 20x20" on professional photographic or fine art paper.

A Prince fan from L.A
26th April 2016

A Prince fan from L.A. just purchased a print of this image I took last Friday.

I never planned to sell the photo. I went out for a walk with my camera as photography has been very therapeutic for me. I was just trying to get my head around the news and I needed to do something creative that day, as a way to remember him by. So, its great to connect with another fan on the other side of the world through two of my loves.

Email from Michelle:
"I am a classically trained photographer but work as a real estate broker now and used to do live music photography in LA. I loved Prince. He is my favorite artist and have been looking for something to remember him by in our home and I love your image. Thanks for capturing it."
Seen in Notting Hill Gate, London
24th April 2016
Seen in Notting Hill Gate, London

Seen in Brixton, London
23rd April 2016
Seen in Brixton, London 2016

RIP Prince
21st April 2016

I'm shocked and saddened to hear the sudden news about Prince. You see, Prince was my childhood musical idol. I became a fan when I was 13 years old. I went to my first gig when I was 17 years old and was very lucky to have seen him live over 30+ more times, and so I have some happy concert memories: I once got to shake his hand (didn't wash my hand for 48 hours!), at a very early after-party gig, Prince stage-dived and I was one of the fans in the crowd who got to hold him up as he crowd-surfed, I've touched one of his guitars as he handed it to fans in the front row, I've been front of stage several times, made eye contact with him (which converted me to jelly every time), I saw him perform with Amy Winehouse, I've queued outside in the Winter cold and rain for over 8 hours+ just so I had a chance of front row tickets (which I got).

I literally did anything to see & hear Prince perform live whenever he was in London. Why? for the reasons that he was a one of a kind, versatile, creative genius. A once in a lifetime musical legend, a pioneer, the likes of which we will never ever see again.

I am privileged to have witnessed his classic, and still one of my favourite songs, 'Purple Rain' played live. Each time he performed it, I sensed something very spiritual that I cannot explain, touching my heart & soul just like it did the first time I ever heard it! Anyway, thank you Prince Rogers Nelson for your one of a kind talent & brilliance. I will keep all these and more happy memories with me always.