Shot taken on a recent private photography workshop around Paddington / Little Venice in West London. I had already met one of the students before, during the street photography workshop I ran in Porto, Portugal last year July. He advised me that he would be keen to do another workshop at some stage when we both were back in the UK. Almost one year to the day we met again this week in London for a workshop refresh.
For the tech-heads, this image was shot using a Panasonic Lumix GX9, Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm lens. Shutter speed 1/200 secs, f-stop f3.6, ISO 1250, focal length 28mm.
Some pics from one of my latest London photo tours. I was booked by a guest travelling over from South America. She was a lovely lady, well travelled, a keen photographer, but had not visited London for well over 15+ years. She wanted to take photos of iconic architecture and cityscapes of 'old' historical London, rather than the modern buildings of the city.
London is changing rapidly and some areas have lost almost of its character and old time charm. However, there are still many iconic landmarks, interesting traces of a past era and historic buildings around the City of London area that are worth photographing.
If you are interested in booking a private London photo tour with me, simply get in touch!
I recently completed a 1-2-1 workshop with a lady visiting from the states. She is air stewardess who was on a 3-day stopover in London and by chance (or fate) found me via a photography blog I had just done a few days before. This led her to my Instagram page, which then led her to this website, where she contacted me just four days before the actual workshop which we did on Saturday just gone. I explained that I usually need notice to prep 1-2-1 workshops, but as I had the weekend available and she was so keen I did not want to say no.
As always I suggested she do a 'minimum' 3 hours with me to get any benefit of my street photography tuition, which includes a pre-brief, a photo walk and a post-workshop de-brief & critique which she especially wanted. She, however, was on a budget and for what it was, was lower than my set workshop rates. I explained that my rates were very reasonable compared to many other tutors out there and that not only would she get the benefit of 10 years of my experience, but that once the workshop was over, that wasn't the end of the session, in a "bye, thanks for coming, have a nice life" kind of sense.
No. I like to think of my workshops as long term investments. Many of my students keep in touch with me years later. In fact, I insist that they do - I am always curious about how they have progressed after a workshop with me. An unofficial mentor if you will. I am always happy to offer free advice whenever previous students drop me an email. Some students go on to enter photography contests (and win!), take part in their first ever photography exhibition, sell prints and even find project work afterwards. This gives me a sense of pride as a tutor and tells me that I must be doing something right.
You're not just paying for a 3+ hours workshop - you are investing in 10 years experience, hard work and knowledge with a professional! I want you to learn new skills, I want to push you out of your comfort zone, I want you to gain confidence and lose yourself in the creative process of taking photos! This will take you to the next level on your photographer journey. If like me, you have the passion and determination to get somewhere you want with your photography goals, you will. If I can do it, so can you.
If you would like to invest in a street photography workshop with me, please get in contact!
I had the pleasure of being invited to the opening night of PRINCE: A London Private View. An exhibition showcasing the personal work of Prince's official photographer and trusted friend Afshin Shahidi. As anyone who knows me knows, I am a huge Prince fan. Many of the selected images show a rear and intimate side of Prince that we never see, and Afshin has captured each one perfectly.
PRINCE - A London Private View: Afshin Shahidi
27 February - 9 March 2019
Opening times: 27 & 28 February 11am-5pm / 1-9 March 11am-7pm (Sunday 3 March 12-5pm).
Afshin signing copies of his books
Prince limited edition print
Prince limited edition print
View of downstairs exhibition crowd
Prince limited edition print
British soul singers Omar and Beverley Knight
Quoted from the Herrick Gallery website:
The exhibition will feature rare and intimate images of Prince, primarily drawn from Shahidi’s recently published photo book. Illustrating Prince’s exceptional talent through his strenuous work ethic, enigmatic persona, unique charm, and sexual charisma, the limited edition prints on view will convey the power of the late musician’s flamboyant and multi-instrumental performances. The qualities that made Prince a worldwide phenomenon are captured in striking still reflections by his colleague and friend, Afshin Shahidi.
Iranian-born Shahidi collaborated with Prince longer than almost any other photographer. He met the musician in their shared hometown of Minneapolis back in 1993 at Prince’s renowned recording studio, lyrically portrayed by the artist as “there aren’t any rules in Paisley Park”. Initially working as a cinematographer, Shahidi’s passion for creating still images was obvious to Prince who soon after invited him to photograph his then band, the New Power Generation.
After a trial period, and satisfied with the essence, Prince asked Shahidi to become his official still photographer. In this position, Shahidi captured Prince on stage and at play, in highly styled settings and in candid situations. He travelled with Prince from Panama, to Morocco, to London and beyond. The relationship between the two transitioned from professional peers, to dueling conversationalists, to trusted companions. Ultimately, Shahidi’s unique access to the notoriously inaccessible Prince gave him the opportunity to create indelible images of the icon.
Shahidi hopes his photographs will give the public a renewed appreciation for the late performer and recalls of Prince: “He became my mentor, business partner, travel companion, collaborator, and – most important – my friend. He took it upon himself to encourage me to see the world as a place of opportunities, not limitations. He taught by example. I knew I had to grow as a photographer, both technically and artistically – I had no choice. My subject was, unequivocally, the most talented musician of our time.”
It was great to attend the private view and the awards ceremony last night at the British Life Photography Awards 2019. The event was held at the prestigious Mall Galleries in St. James's, London.
A big congratulations to the winner of the Street Life category Roza Vulf. Roza flew over from Rome especially for the event and it was amazing to catch up with her. She is a wonderful street photographer, if you have not seen her images, please check out her website
Roza's winning entry - 'Separation In Togetherness', Oxford Circus, London
The exhibition is on tour around the UK at these venues (check opening times):
Mall Galleries, London 18th to 23rd February 2019
Banbury Museum, Banbury 16th March to 12th May 2019
The Garden Rooms at Tennants, Leyburn, North Yorkshire 20th July to 3rd September 2019
Redbrick building, Glastonbury, Somerset, 14th September to 13th October 2019
Selfie time with the Street Life winner Roza Vulf
Many thanks to the organisers, the other contest judges and sponsors of this event along with my congratulations to all the selected winning photographers.
Mall Galleries - The Mall, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AH
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU! Wishing you health, happiness and success in 2019.
I had celebratory New Year's Eve drinks with friends in a 5-Star London hotel/Grade II listed building. I had been meaning to visit this particular hotel all year, but anyway finally ended up going on the last day of the year (as you do).
The reason being is that earlier this year I found out some good news from my Art Consultants based in Paris, that this hotel, the Kimpton Fitzroy London which was formally known as Principal London, purchased five of my images. It was several months before I was officially told the exact hotel, as prior to the relaunch in April 2018, the hotel was still undergoing a £85m refurbishment.
I was so excited to visit this hotel at last - but first port of call was NYE drinks in their exquisite Fitz's bar! Then I had a little wander this vast but exquisite hotel. I found one of my framed prints on displayed on a wall, near the main lobby stairwell! As I was with friends I didn't want to leave them too long, wandering around, so I asked one of the super helpful receptionists if she could possibly help me on my unusual request mission to find my remaining four framed photos which I was told were in communal areas of the hotel! She obliged in my quest to accompany around to locations she thought they may be hanging, but we couldn't find the rest of them! I was advised to get in touch with the hotel interior designers who hung them and that they would help me locate them. So I will do that in the new year! I was just happy to find this one for now! What a great honour. Happy New Year!
Taken during my last London photo tour for a travelling guest. Tate Modern - Southbank, London. One of the favourite places in London to visit for creative inspiration. For all you tech geeks out there, it was shot on the Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9M with the Lumix 12-60mm zoom lens.