Portraits are often a window into a someones soul, they can capture the mood and the spirit within the person. It's one of my favourite areas of photography.
People of Nepal
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.
I spent a hot summer's afternoon photographing The Thoughtful Bread Company working at their bakery in Bath – eco-artisan bakers who produce hand crafted breads, as well as a delicious variety of cakes and pastries, using local seasonal ingredients. Hot working conditions and long hours make this a true labour of love.
The Eastern Eye brings the heat of India to the city of Bath, an intense experience indeed, this restaurant knows how to cook authentic Indian cuisine, but it should do, the chefs are all Indian and experts in what they do. They work their magic not only in the food they prepare, but in the ease at which they move around each other in the confines of the small kitchen, working harmoniously side by side, Indian style. Photographed during a Friday night service.
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.
Since October 2015 I have made regular visits to document the seasonal changes and the hard work that goes into running this thriving enterprise, each and every day of the year.
Over the next few months I will be collating the images and writing the text for a book titled RICH PICKINGS, which I hope to publish in the future.
Run or Dye
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.
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.
People Make Food
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.
People Against Poverty
I have been working with People Against Poverty since 2012 when I visited Iasi, a city in the east of Romania, to record the work of ‘Way of Joy’, one of several projects the charity supports globally. Nov/2012.
An eclectic mix of images from recent travels, includes: Italy's wonderful Tuscan region, the Canary island of Lanzarote and the Greek island of Crete.
ITALY. My base was at an agriturismo farm just south of Florence - La Casellina, the environment was as I’d imagined it would be, beautiful olive groves surrounded by a majestic landscape. The farm has been in the same family for several generations, a rustic way of life continues to this day and in many ways was the highlight of my Tuscan trip. It gave me a chance to immerse myself in the olive harvest and while doing so, spend some intimate time with the family.
GREECE. Crete, or 'Megalónisos' (the 'Great Island') is the largest of the Greek islands at the southernmost point in Europe, it's almost a country in itself. These images were taken in the central and western regions of Rethymno and Chania.
CANARY ISLANDS. In its native language Lanzarote is known as Tyterogaka, which may mean 'one that is all ochre', such is the predominant colour of the island. My visit had originally been to capture some of its landscape, however, as is usually the case with my work, I was drawn to other aspects, those which give the island its human character, namely the buildings, people and details.
A commission for a real estate company to take photographs at Harkness Roses for inclusion in a twice yearly book, sent to customers informing them of a new development in London. Harkness Roses, renowned worldwide for their rose varieties, were asked to breed a rose specifically for the development, these photographs were taken for inclusion in an article about the process of rose breeding and to document their work.
The sheer magnitude of the architecture of the modern Church of the Holy Trinity (Fátima), in contrast to the humans who moved within its dramatic and stark structure, created strong graphic images enhanced by their simplicity.
The Santa Maria cathedral In Florence is one of the city's most famous attractions, it's a magnet for tourists – most have cameras, smart phones or tablets, heads angled back to capture an image of its huge and magnificent splendour. A large group of South East Asians caught my eye, armed with all the latest digital gizmos, gradually making their way around the cathedral, studiously clicking away, again, and again, and again....
A private view attended by patrons for an exhibition of canvases and drawings by Canaletto.
These photographs were taken 71 years and 16 days after the last prisoners were liberated on January 27, 1945, a day now commemorated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. I have wanted to visit Auschwitz for several years and managed to gain permission to take my camera kit bag beyond the entrance which, importantly, meant I was able to carry my tripod for interior shots. I may add to this text, but for now these photographs are a personal reminder of the dark days of Nazi terror.