These are challenging times. The transport industry is experiencing a huge reduction in travel for work purposes. It has certainly been strange over the past couple of months flying with a handful of fellow passengers. The same can be said about train, ferry, and tube journeys. I continue to rack up the mileage.
While there is always a lot to be done in front of a computer, a photography business cannot totally be run from an office. I have been working with a number of clients on projects that have required all forms of travel. We have always followed the government guidelines to ensure that every job is delivered within the current restrictions and applied our own moral values to any engagement. I have been working in various different hospitals, on boats out at sea, at industrial energy facilities and with vulnerable people. I will be showcasing some of the work soon.
Yesterday was World Photography Day … yes, I am a little late to the party, but I was actually on assignment, photographing! I had a think about what photos I should post to celebrate this day and concluded that I should go with something a little self-indulgent!
World Photography Day is an annual, worldwide celebration of the art, craft, science, and history of photography. I am going to take this opportunity of saluting every photographer who expresses themselves through whatever device it is that they take pictures with. I have great respect for you all, from photojournalists on the front line of telling the truth to environmental photographers capturing the beauty of our plant, humanitarian photographers, art photographers, commercial photographers, students, and amateurs who love to experiment.
I have photographed in over 70 different countries, documenting subjects as diverse as mask dancing festivals in Burkina Faso, the effects of the Chernobyl disaster in the Ukraine and the aftermath of 9/11 in New York. I am passionate about my work and embrace the challenges of collaborating with global corporations, magazines and NGOs alike. Every assignment is different, and, as such, is approached uniquely. I am always on the lookout for new creative partnerships.
On Saturday 4 July, there will be a series of lockdown-easing measures that mean restaurants can reopen to the public. Some will be opening their doors & others will continue to supply click & collect plus delivery.
In celebration of this I wanted to showcase the new Nando’s in Manchester White City retail park which I photographed. Nando’s boasts 5 restaurants in Manchester, with the White City location being a stones throw away from Old Trafford.
Previously home to a Pizza Hut the location has been miraculously transformed by Fusion dna. The exterior is unrecognisable from its former self. Angular wooden slat screens adorn the front of the building with wooden cladding & a feature rusted metal panelled wall at the rear.
The restaurant is a lesson in “how to design for both day & night” with the exterior changing as the sun goes down to stand out and welcome its guests.
Inside is a splendour of Nando’s colours, patterns, textures, and materials. Notable features are a set of three seating booths with wooden slat dividers and a full Monty tree; wall coverings ranging from rusted metal panels to spectacular tiles; bespoke wooden furniture and lighting; and dynamic bright green metal dividers.
On Friday 5th of June, the results for the TZ International Photography and Art Community (TZIPAC) 8th Zebra Awards were announced. I received 4 “Finalist” awards in various categories.
The featured image was a personal project photographing a series of still life’s of my very early childhood toys and double exposing them on 5x4 film with the books that I read. The prints were then split toned to give a warmth in the shadows. “Childhood creativity” was a finalist in the “Art and open” category.
TZIPAC is an organization that is dedicated to the celebration of beautiful photography from around the world - recognizing and introducing amazing artists from all walks of life.