Travels And The Honda Cub

As a keen Scooterist from way back in the 80’s Im always on the lookout during my travels for old Italian Vespas and Lambretta’s.
In Greece you can still come across older Vespa workhorses still being used but it stands to reason they are becoming less frequent these days.

Vespa Rhodes Greece

There does seem however a large amount of Honda Cub mopeds still on the road which is no surprise when you discover over 100 million have come off the production line so far and still going.
And my point is?… well I don’t have one except to introduce a couple of images with them in and inform you why you see the bloody things everywhere you go!

Honda Cub Greece

Honda Cub Outside Mosque

 


Capturing Mr Butt.

Lifestyle portrait of Mr Butt window cleaner.
Can’t remember the exact year I shot this but I do remember running home in excitement like a big girl to grab a 5×4 camera to do the shot.
I had wanted to photograph this lovely chap for a while and I finally had seized the opportunity.
I set up the large format camera hastily (well as hastily as you can with a 5×4) in front of what I felt was a perfect backdrop for colours.
Captured in Burnham On Sea circa 1993


A Passion For Colour

I started out like many photographers of a certain age shooting, developing and printing Black & White Images.

Even though I can fully appreciate the beauty of monochrome my real passion has always been for colour work inspired by many
of my favourite 80’s advertising photography heroes like John Claridge, Duncan Sim and Peter Lavery (google em kids).

So this is a rare occasion when I decided the subject worked far better in B&W.


Venice Beach Patrol 1992

The last few days I’ve been busy in my archives digging out all my old car work that I shot when I ehh shot cars for a living ! These are destined for an online library to be available to license.

Within the keyword search popped up this trannie scan from my travels in the states way back in 1992.

Unfortunately the lab back here in the UK actually cocked up the processing leaving many rolls with major colour and tonal issues.Thankfully decades after capture with digital technology and the correct know how some are now repairable.


My Cornwall

With the clocks going forward and Easter around the corner attention naturally turns to holidays.
A lot of my childhood holidays were spent in Cornwall and St Ives even became home for a short period in my mid twenties.
My first ever self assigned photography project was capturing the fishermen of the county.
So Cornwall holds a special place for me like it does for many people who head down the A30 to enjoy their holidays in the county.

Huers Hut Cadgwith


Rich Tea Deer !

A few years ago I was commissioned to create a campaign image for a private school.The brief required that I photograph and composite a stag onto the sports field of the school.


I have to admit I often love the challenge of sourcing the elements needed for composite work but have to admit I thought finding a stag would be a tall order. In fact after a short time time searching I found a deer sanctuary within 20 minutes of the studio.
The centre was a charity run by a lovely chap called Mike and after a brief chat on the phone and a visit for a recee he introduced me to Rubus who was to be my model.
The shoot day went like clockwork and week later I had completed the retouching and delivered the job.
I later returned to the sanctuary as I wanted to photograph Mike feeding the deer their favourite snack Rich Tea biscuits !


Moving Mountains, The Gumbet Windmills

I’d been told about this spot many times while visiting my holiday home in Turkey. Eventually during one trip I decided it was time that I grabbed my gear and checked this local landmark out.
It was a beautiful hot evening and the light was just starting to dip behind the mountains. 
I have to be honest after all the hype I was a little disappointed with the location when I arrived.
There were several windmills on the edge of the hillside and due to the shape of the hill I had to be closer to the windmills than I would have preferred.
This meant that the beautiful mountains and bay below were extremely obstructed by some of the windmills and the hillsides contour.
At around this time I was producing lots of video tutorials for a training site I owned. 
I decided I would take the opportunity to use some clever photographic and postproductions techniques to create a more pleasing view and also create a video of how I achieved this for the sites members.
After some careful thought I decided that if I moved the sea and mountains up higher into the scene and did some clean up ( remove a ropy looking windmill )this would produce a panoramic scene I knew would look stunning in the evening light.
So not an image that the purists would enjoy but one that satisfied my experience of the place even if I had to move mountains to achieve it !