Viarco is a pencil manufacturer in Portugal, established in 1907.
Originally called Portugália, it's one of the oldest pencil manufacturers in Europe, a family owned business which continues to make pencils today.
These photographs were taken in collaboration with Turismo Industrial who provide information and excursions for visitors interested in the rich industrial heritage of SãoJoão da Madeira where several important manufacturing centres can be found.
Photo shoots for Crumbs (food) magazine which include articles about EJ Osborne who makes hang carved spoons, using wood sourced from local woods, and a supper club with Smoke Catering who cook up Texan style BBQs at clients homes.
Tucked away in his forge in rural southern England, a blacksmith works iron, carefully banging into shape each piece with an expert eye. Nowadays this is an almost forgotten craft, which, in days gone by, was commonplace.
THE FURNITURE RESTORERS
In the sleepy village of A Dos Ruivos in southern Portugal there is a small team of furniture restorers and artisan carpenters – they work in a small shed tucked away along a side street. Dedicated to their work, they painstakingly restore old furniture which they lovingly bring back to life. In January 2013 I spent a day photographing them at work.
THE CHAIR RESTORER
Sally Broadway restores chairs, she specialises in cane, rush and straw chair and seat repair. I had the privilege of seeing her at work when I went along to collect my own chair, which she had lovingly repaired. Photographed in her workshop, cobwebs and all.
Turismo Industrial provide information and excursions for visitors interested in the rich industrial heritage of SãoJoão da Madeira in the north of Portugal, where several important manufacturers can be found. They include: FEPSA, a global leader in the hat industry, and Evereste, shoe manufacturers.
Since entering Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year for the first time in 2015 and winning a category, and being awarded the overall winner the following year, I've continued my quest to portray the food world.
Using available light, without flash, most of these 'fly on the wall' images, some of which were commissioned, focus on life in restaurant kitchens. Plated food images are usually captured within the confines of each kitchen, under hotplates before being taken to table.
Recently I've started adding to this series by photographing outside enticed by the colour of street food outlets at night.
These images were taken in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Sankhu during my second visit to this wonderful country, soon after the earthquakes which shattered many communities. Despite the obvious difficulties, people go about their daily lives with resilience during a time of regeneration.
Hands up who likes to have fun? Run or Dye say "you become part of the rainbow", true enough as I photographed the frenzy of fun amongst the colourstorm of eco-friendly dye throwing. It was near impossible not to be covered in colours myself as I sought the capture the intensity of this festival of fun. And fun it was! The events across the UK are inspired by the ancient Hindu festival of Holi.
Rich Pickings - A Year in the Life of a Market Garden
Just outside Bath in Somerset sits a market garden perched on the hillside of a small green valley. It provides the local community with organically grown fresh produce, much of which is sold in the farm shop and other produce supplying local markets. It's a way of life and very much a labour of love, with Gerald Rich at its helm.
Over the period of one year I made regular visits to document the seasonal changes and the hard work that goes into running this thriving enterprise, each and every day.
I have been working with People Against Poverty since 2012 following an Awareness trip to Iasi, a city in the east of Romania. There I documented ‘Way of Joy’, one of several projects the charity supports globally. In 2015 I joined the charity to document their Starlight Scholarship Scheme in Nepal which supports very poor families. The images shown here represent some of the people helped through each scheme, and show the environments in which they live their lives.
The burnt aftermath of the fires which raged across swathes of Portugal in 2017 was all too apparent when I took these photographs in two municipalities during November. Even in these small areas of the country there was clear evidence that communities had been devastated, the lives of many affected, some suffering human tragedy.
And yet, the landscapes of eucalyptus and pine had been transformed into scenes of eerie beauty, a wild beauty resulting from uncontrolled wildfires.
It seems macabre to use a word such as beauty given the terrible events which led to this change, but the landscapes, which had become blackened and scorched, were strangely serene, almost as if in a grief of their own.
Harkness Roses, renowned worldwide for their rose varieties, were asked by a Global real estate company to breed a rose specifically for a new building development in London. These photographs, showing the process of rose breeding, were taken for inclusion is an article in a twice yearly book, part of an ongoing marketing campaign.
Once, when I was driving back to Split from Sarejevo, I saw a rusty metal door which appeared to have a smile, I pulled over for a better look. Over time the swing handle had rubbed away the door paint causing the metal below to rust in the shape of a smile. Above, a round piece of metal resembled an eye.
A woman's shoe lying on damp ground below a derelict block of flats in Portugal seemed out of place and yet exquisite.
Just two of the images shown here, all of which have intrigued me in their own way.
People bring the world of food to life, their knowledge and passion is intoxicating to watch – growing, harvesting, selling, savouring, cooking and eating – it's a must for my camera. My focus is real people and real food, whether it's a pizzeria, bakery, food stall or local market, capturing images of people and food in their natural habitats.