Archive for January, 2011

January 26, 2011

People @ Work 2

Jon Spencer – Last Maker @ Foster & Son

Jermyn Street London (Jan 2011).

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My next stop was the workshop of Foster & Son on Jermyn St where the shoes are handmade above the shop.  This photoshoot wasn’t quite so fast paced as keeping up with Gemma at ENB.  My only issue with this shoot was space and working with the wrong lens for the size of the room, again, a wider lens would have been much more useful but I quite like some of the close up shots I took.   A few images have a sense of the workshop space but I was pretty much backed up against the wall to get these shots but it was a great place to take photos with lots of exquisite shoes and interesting bits and pieces all over the place.  On some of the images, where there was some movement, a faster asa would have been beneficial but I’m quite happy with these images overall.

January 26, 2011

People @ Work 1

Gemma Spice, Wardrobe @ English National Ballet

Romeo & Juliet @ Coliseum, London (Jan 2011).

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Here is a breakdown of each shoot:

The main problem with this shoot was the restriction on aperture.  This was a very fast paced shoot and 400asa was not adequate for some of the low lighting images on the stage and the fast pace of the quick changes backstage and Gemma doing the laundry – did I mention the assignment was manual focus too?  So struggled with some of the technical issues here plus the shoot would have been much easier with a wider lens (ideally 24mm).  I would say this shoot was the least successful out of all 3 assignments for the above-mentioned reasons.

January 25, 2011

First assignment – People @ Work

Gemma Spice - Wardrobe @ English National Ballet

Caitlin Barrow, Paxton & Whitfield, Jermyn Street, London

Jon Spencer - Last Maker @ Foster & Son, Jermyn Street, London

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January 14, 2011

Welcome MAPJD

I’m happy  to announce that I have just started on the part-time MA Photojournalism & Documentary Photography course (MAPJD) at London College of Communication.  Part of the course requirement is to keep a blog – you can follow my progress here (under MAPJD) along with my other news.    So to my fellow classmates, I look forward to spending the next 2 years hearing more about your work  and here’s a brief synopsis of what I do…..

I am a London based documentary photographer and photographic facilitator and have been working in the industry for the last 13 years. Prior to this I assisted photographers for about 3/4 years.  I’ve worked mainly in community settings with charities working on projects with; refugees, individuals with special needs, children/young adults with learning and behavioral difficulties, young people that have been excluded from school, teenage parents and the elderly.  I have also worked as an artist/photographer-in-residence in a number of diverse institutes and I volunteer with the Helen Bamber Foundation, a human rights organisation that helps to rebuild lives with survivors of gross human rights violations – I teach photography as part of their creative arts programme.

My current photographic work  predominately explores issues around the landscape (social, political, urban, suburban and natural environments) including relationships between people and their environment.  One project I am working on ‘LUNGS’ is an ongoing photographic study of greenspaces in urban areas and how people use these spaces.   You can read more about this project on my website under ‘greenspaces’.

My reasons for wanting to enrol on this course include; to further develop my practice and hopefully take it to another level, producing work with a much stronger narrative.  I would also like to pursue more in-depth project  work in the future and feel that having an MA will help when applying for funding plus it ‘should’ improve my theoretical/critical analysis which will also help with this.

I feel privileged to be able to participate on this course under the guidance of esteemed tutors and a supportive network of peers.  The journey begins……….

January 10, 2011

Website UPDATED!

LUNGS: London's Greenspaces - Battersea Park, 2010.

So to start the new year, I have updated my website.  You can view my new ‘greenspaces’ project and 5 new ‘fine art’ categories at

January 10, 2011

Welcome to WordPress!

From now on I will use WordPress as my blog platform instead of Blogger.  All posts previous to this entry have been imported from Blogger so you may experience some irregular formatting when viewing these posts.  Please sign up to receive regular updates.