Brighton Swimming Club in Robinsons ad and Michael Portillo Documentary

I’ve been on the other side of the lens a little recently. Robinsons was recently down the club shooting their new TV ad. Along with other members of Brighton Swimming club I appeared in an ad for Robinsons crushed Apple and Cinnamon Fruit Cordial, I even got to do a little bit of the voice over!

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Runner up in the ‘For the Love of the Water’ category at the Kendal Mountain Festival 2018

My image of Elle swimming near Brighton Palace Pier at dusk came 2nd place in the Kendal Mountain Festival’s photography competition in ‘For the Love of the Water’ category.

Member of Brighton Swimming Club Elle swimming near Brighton Pier at Dusk

I only entered on the spur of the moment on the 15 of October shortly before entries closed. Usually I would have spent ages picking one of my swimming shots to enter but as I only shot this image 10 days before it was still fresh in my mind. You can see what image beat me in the ‘For the Love of the Water’ category and other great photos on the Kendal Mountain Festival’s website. Big thanks to Elle for putting up with me bossing her about water getting her to swim backwards and forwards in front of my lens.

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The 2019 Brighton and Hove calendar is now available

The 2019 Brighton and Hove Calendar is out now and features work from 25 local photographers including yours truly. One of my starling images is the main image for January and then I’ve 2 smaller images later on in the calendar. It’s always nice to be a part of a Brighton institution.

2019 Brighton and Hove Calendar

2019 Brighton and Hove Calendar. Cover photo by Taz O’Donoghue

This year the calendar is back under Nigel Swallow’s creative stewardship after being in the capable hands of Finn Hopson of Brighton Photography gallery since the 2016 calendar.

2019 Brighton and Hove Calendar January page

My Starling photo on the January page

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Portraits of fellow sea faring photographer Emma Critchley

At the end of October Emma Critchley asked me to shoot her portrait for the BBC for her upcoming radio documentary ‘Pursuit of Beauty: Art Beneath the Waves‘. I first met Emma on Brighton beach in the early 2000s when she was shooting a project on Brighton swimming club, I’ve stayed in contact with her ever since and watched her career go into over drive! Emma is a lens based sub-aquatic artist. She does amazing things with cameras and in and around water, so it was an honor when she asked me to shoot her portrait for the BBC.

Pursuit of Beauty: Art Beneath the Waves presented by Emma Critchley

Emma Critchley in the water with camera by Kevin Meredith

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2018 Lewes Bonfire Celebrations

On the 5th November Lewes in Sussex UK celebrates Bonfire Night in off the scale style. Think Burning Man meets Mad Max meets Eyes Wide Shut meets Little England. Bonfire societies parade though the streets holding burning torches & crucifixes, burning effigies and letting off powerful bangers in close proximity to spectators. They do all this dressed in all manner of costumes from monks, pearly Kings & Queens, Native Americans, Tudors, 1st & 2nd World War Solders and more.

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Out of the Blue exhibition at the Brighton Photography Gallery

Out of the Blue is a group show of photos inspired by the Sussex coast. For the show I’ve put together a selection of sea images, focusing on the texture and surface of the water in different weather conditions. The images comprise of the sea and sky with no swimmers or landmarks to identify them as Brighton.

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Twenty Years of Brighton Source Magazine exhibition

Source Magazine is celebrating it’s 20th birthday with photo exhibition of it’s cover photos, live music photos and some of my street style photos. For 15 years source was Brighton’s local listing magazine but it was so much more than that, lots of Brighton based photographers and writers made it one of the best local mags I’ve ever seen. Sadly Source magazine printed is last paper edition in December 2013 but it continues on the web. From 2010 ’til the last issue I shot street style montage portraits of people on the streets of Brighton on one of my trusted Lomo LCAs.

Street style montage portraits

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Brighton Naked Bike Riders take over the British Airways i360

This morning I had one of my stranger shoots. The British Airways i360 had invited some of Brighton’s naked cyclists for a free ride in the pod before morning opening. The cyclists will be taking part in the Brighton Naked Bike Ride on Sunday (10th June). Every year people strip off to take part in the World Naked Bike Ride in different global cities, their nakedness highlights the vulnerability of cyclists on urban roads. The Brighton Naked Bike ride has been taking place since 2006, I photographed it in its inaugural year and you can see my images from the first ride in this Flickr album.

Below is a little selection of naked riders viewing the city they will be riding though on Sunday (click images to view fullscreen). Images below contain full fontal nudity, if that’s not you thing don’t scroll down or click Continue reading.

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