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.
You know what they say interviews can be a bit like buses no one wants to talk for ages then suddenly three Interviewers rock up all at the same time. In the last month I’ve had three interviews published in three different places each focusing on something different.
The last time we got a decent amount of snow in Brighton was 5 years ago in January 2013. This week we got only a pathetic dusting of snow over night that was melted away by mid morning. I always like to get photos of my fellow Brighton Swimming Club members in the snow whether it’s a pathetic amount or not. Usually I like to get shots of members walking across a snowy beach but there was not really enough snow for that. Instead I used the snowy beach as a back drop for some portraits, I shot them after they came out of the water. I shot some of these after my swim while still in my trunks on the beach and I still managed to hold the camera steady! You can see how much more snow there was in 2013 on my blog and see a selection of my snowy swimming photos from over the years in my portfolio.
On the Wednesday 29th of November I will be giving a short talk about my work documenting the construction of the British Airways i360 at ‘Modern Brighton & Hove’. I will be joined by fellow photographer Rob Orchard who will be talking about his project were he photographing every single pub in Brighton and Hove. In all there will be four short talks which will be followed by a panel discussion Kate Cheyne (University of Brighton), Claire Potter and Architectural Photographer Jim Stephenson (founder of MiniClick).
Construction of the British Airways i360 taken July 2015
The event takes place on Wednesday the 29th of November at 6pm at:
Hove Town Hall
The event is free to attend simply register here.
Twenty years ago today in September 1997 I went to London with my mother to Lady Diana’s Funeral (obviously we did not go the ceremony at Westminster Abbey). Instead of jostling for a position on the funeral cortège’s route, we decided to head to Hyde Park where big screens had been erected to show the funeral service.
Crowd in Hyde Park for Lady Diana’s funeral. I’m assuming the lady on the right and guy in all denim are mother and son.
This week I went to the opening of Martin Parr’s new exhibition ‘Beach Therapy’ which show cases Parr’s latest work documenting the beaches of the UK, Italy, Spain and Argentina. In the past three years he has been utilising a telephoto lens to shoot subjects from a distance, this is quite a departure form his usually way working. The use of a telephoto lens flattens the perspective and creates playful juxtapositions with blurred subjects in the foreground to create something quite different from his previous work.
England Kent Isle of Thanet Broadstairs 2014.© Martin Parr / Rocket Gallery
An exhibition charting the construction of the British Airways i360 has opened at the British Airways i360. The British Airways i360 is the tallest, most slender moving observation tower in the world and was designed and built by the team responsible for the London Eye. Along with Photographer Gary Eastwood, I documented the construction of the i360 from June 2014 until it was completed in August 2016.
360 spherical panorama of the i360 taken from Brighton beach during a low tide. This image is on display as a 2 meter square print, definitely worth checking out in the flesh even if I do say so myself!
The Brighton and Hove calendar 2017 is now available, this is second year that Finn Hopson of the Brighton Photography gallery has producing the calendar since taking it over. The calendar is comprised of the work of local Brighton Photographers including two of my images.
Brighton and Hove Calendar 2017 cover by Finn Hopson
There is also images from some other great Brighton photographers including: Roger Bamber, Alex Bamford, Warren Sebastian, Paul Cahill, Darryl Cousins, Simon Dack, Finn Hopson, Paul Mansfield, Chris Mole, Jon Simmons and David Smith. Continue reading