10 Years of Blogging

Approaching Spring Storm, 2023

This April has seen the tenth anniversary of my photography blog here at WordPress.

To celebrate I thought I would select my ten favourite images, taken over the last decade, plus one taken in 2023, as my eleventh year of blogging begins.

Kerry, 2013

Kerry was diagnosed with untreatable pancreatic cancer in April 2013 when she was just 23 years old. Kerry had lost her hair due to chemotherapy and wanted to do a shoot with some of her wigs. Part way through the shoot however she decided to dispense with these and to do some portraits showing off her natural beauty. This is still one of my favourite portrait images of all time and was used in some of her fund raising appeals. Sadly Kerry died in February of 2014.

On Bredon Hill, 2014

Bredon Hill is in Worcestershire, England, south-west of Evesham in the Vale of Evesham. At the summit of the hill, there are the remains of earthworks from an Iron Age hill fort known as Kemerton Camp, which is believed to have been abandoned in the 1st century A.D. after a considerable battle. This image was taken on the walk up to the summit.

It’s YOU!, 2015

This giant pointing finger was painted on ‘The Shed‘, at National Theatre’s temporary red timber venue at the South Bank, London, UK. It became popular tourist attraction where people would stop under the finger for a selfie. This chap just seemed to be walking by unaware of being pointed at though.

Fashion Show BTS, 2016

2016 was the first year I shot with the entrepreneur and fashion designer Chiedza Dawn Ziyambe for her Zimbabwe Fashion Showcase project. This behind the scenes (BTS) shot was taken whilst the models were being made up ahead of the main runway event.

Walk This Way, 2017

This remains the favourite street photograph I have ever taken. I’ve entered it in numerous competitions and never won a bean but hey, who cares? I like it and that’s all that matters to me. It was shot in Covent Garden, London.

Millinery Shoot, 2018

Back to fashion for this years favourite. In 2018 I had the great pleasure of shooting some of the amazing hat creations of Rose Collins Millinery. This was one of the many hats from her collection for that year shot at SS Creative Photography near Birmingham.

Bollocks to Brexit, 2019

Three years after the disastrous and suicidal decision voters in the UK took to leave the European Union a huge march was organised in London as a last ditch attempt to try and convince Theresa May’s dysfunctional government to reverse the misguided and illegal vote. ‘Bollocks to Brexit’ is the picture that sums up both the march and my thoughts on the whole sorry affair.

Lockdown, 2020

Around the world 2020 will be remembered as the year of COVID-19, lockdowns, massive personal tragedies and a financial crisis that still have repercussions today. For me this one picture sums up pretty well that year. A deserted shopping precinct, a loan woman pushing a shopping trolley (when no shops are open) and a ‘Christmas Store’ in what was a HMV record store in a year when Christmas was cancelled.

Compared to What…, 2021

This is just one of those slightly quirky street photos juxtaposing people, a background commenting on something that may or may not be related to what they are saying to each other whilst having the added twist of a third party overseeing all this (as well as the photographer of course). To paraphrase Mick Jagger: It’s only street photography (but I like it).

The Wonder Years, 2022

In 2021 a new person came into my life – my first grandson. Spending time with him is the great pleasure of my, and my wife’s, life. My image library is rapidly filling up with more images of this little chap than anything else! I’d forgotten how simple things such as a walk in the park on an Autumn day can open your mind to things we totally ignore when seen through the eyes of a child.

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