Much has changed in Ukraine during 27 years of independence. As a former Soviet republic, it borders both Russia and the EU. Whilst there was once a majority wanting a neutral status, it is now leaning towards European integration and NATO accession.
It is considered a NATO "partner country" meaning there is an understanding that it may be allowed to join the alliance sometime in the future.
Russia wants assurances from Western powers that this will never happen - something the West is not prepared to offer. Members of NATO are weighing up how far they should go to help Ukraine, in the face of a possible Russian invasion. It is Europe’s greatest threat of war in 30 years.
In 2005 I travelled to the Ukraine on assignment to capture the “Children of Chernobyl” for a charity. I photographed at the Chernigov Polyclinic covering the health program monitoring the effects of the Chernobyl disaster of 1986.
The people that I met and photographed were extremely welcoming, wanted to show me their beautiful culture, and proud of who they were as a nation.
“Communication is the key to education, understanding and peace”. James Bryce
In 2021 I posted 68 articles on my website blog and social media feeds. These ranged from awards that I received, to exhibitions and festivals that my work featured in, publications in magazines and books, celebrations of awards that my clients had won or their achievements, work that I was involved with and new photography that I had produced.
I believe it’s important to maintain your passion by challenging yourself to work on “personal projects”, enter competitions and showcase your work in exhibitions.
In 2021 my photography was
Awarded as a finalist in the Lucie Foundation “Portrait Project”, shortlisted in the World Press Photo Awards, as a finalist in the One Eyeland Awards, receiving 3 honourable mentions in the 16th Pollux Awards, as a finalist in the World Report Award for Documentary Photography, qualifying in the HIPA Humanity Awards, shortlisted in the British Photography Awards, 1 honourable mention and 3 nominations in the 14th Color Awards, honoured and nominated in the Black and White Spider Awards and honoured in the Tokyo International Photo Awards.
Exhibited at, the Venice International Art Fair : “Fragmented Identities”, 6th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography in Barcelona, and the Xposure International Photography Festival in Sharjah, UAE.
Published in Architects Journal, Space Magazine, Grand Designs Magazine, ARC Magazine, Rangefinder Magazine, The Lighting Journal, Interior Contracting & Design and Tech Talkers Magazine.
I was also inducted into the Siena Awards Hall of Fame, and had a photograph published in “The Best of the Best” Photo book by One Eyeland.
I hope that we have the opportunity of working together in 2022.
Happy New Year … and here’s to 2022 being a year for good health, success in whatever you do, increased business, exploring new ideas and places, spending more time with family and friends.
I was unable to attend the opening of the 6th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography, now renamed Barcelona Foto Biennale, on the 9th of December 2020 at the FotoNostrum gallery. I also won’t be able to visit the gallery to see my work, in the one month that the Biennial will be open for, closing on January 8.
I have three photographs included, which received Honourable Mentions for the categories, ‘Culture’, ‘Children’ and ‘Fine Art’, in this year’s Pollux Awards. The thoughtful marketing team from FotoNostrum gallery have sent me photos from the exhibition.
The Barcelona Foto Biennale is showing awarded works from the Pollux Awards and the 15th and 16th Julia Margaret Cameron, amongst other artworks and special invitees.
The 6th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography, now renamed Barcelona Foto Biennale, opened on the 9th of December 2020 at the FotoNostrum gallery. Here are some highlights taken from the live video stream at the opening reception.
This international event is showing awarded works from the Pollux Awards and the 15th and 16th Julia Margaret Cameron, amongst other artworks and special invitees. I have three photographs included, which received Honourable Mentions for the categories, ‘Culture’, ‘Children’ and ‘Fine Art’, in this year’s Pollux Awards.
The Biennial will remain open for one month and will close on January 8.