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.
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.
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.
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
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.