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 !


Centaur

I captured and retouched this for the pure fun of it and because Ive loved the Greek myths since I was a kid.
This image involved a lot of transplanting of hair for the horse and adding a beard and longer hair on my model as it would be ridiculous to have a clean shaven centaur with short gelled hair!


An Awesome A380 Airbus

I captured this A380 Airbus while on assignment for a client at an air show.
I have to say I stood in awe as I’d never witnessed something so big moving so slowly and gracefully in the air.
It looked as though it was a Hollywood special effect as it did not seem possible that something so big could move so slowly and quietly.
An amazing moment I just wished I could have captured some video footage as well as the still and attempt to do the moment justice.


Asur On The Beach

I’ve mentioned before that for 10 years I was fortunate enough to have a holiday home in Turkey. On one trip shooting at dawn I captured this chap Asur Teber who was a security guard at one of the beachfront hotels in Gumbet.
He was more than willing for me to capture his picture in fact I eventually had to make my excuses to get back for my breakfast !.
He asked for me to send him a print and I always believe if people have given me their time and ask for a copy of the image it’s the very least I can do and always deliver on that.
I’m not sure if I mislaid his details but I decided to deliver the print the following year to the hotel. Unfortunately he apparently lived in northern Turkey and no longer worked at the hotel.
I left the print anyway in the hope it might one day find it’s way to him.


Summer Of 92, Venice Beach

I captured this image way back in the summer of 1992. I was enjoying the last few days of my summer touring the USA and ended it at Venice Beach in California.I spotted this lifeguard called Trec patrolling on his tower on the beach and politely asked if I may take his portrait. During the shoot and the usual exchange of polite conversation Trec with some pride told me he was 36 years old which as you can see from the image was a big surprise.