Well last year while the streets of London were smouldering, and bracing themselves for another night of riots, I was enjoying the sunshine in the Cotswolds and hospitality of Juliette Barrell of “Wesley-Barrell” @ her unusual curved eco house while on an interior photographic commission shooting for “Homes and Gardens“. The drystone curved wall in the above image is what greets you as you arrive on the driveway, very striking given the architectural style of the rest of the village it is surrounded by. The curve in the building I seem to remember Juliette telling us was to maximise the warming rays of the sun, making the building as environmentally low impact as possible. You can see the whole house story starting on page 51 of the July issue of “Homes & Gardens”, hope you enjoy it,
Another house from a New York trip, this time not from Manhattan or an NYC neighbourhood but from the Hampton’s the idyllic Sag Harbor to be exact, this house was down the end of an unassuming road, and tucked away down an equally unassuming short drive way, maybe it started life as an out building once upon a time, I just loved the wooden shingle cladding from the moment I saw the recce pictures, I will be up in the Hampton’s on my next trip to NYC for a few days shooting in Bridgehampton & Southampton, so hopefully some more beautiful American exteriors to add soon
I am really getting excited about the trip to NYC in July, and so can’t stop thinking about some of my favourite New Yorkinteriors which I have photographed on previous trips, this one belongs to the interior decorator & blogger Nick Olsen, I have always loved these images and the have been a fixture in my interior folio for some time now, so apologies to those of you who have seen them before, later this autumn they will be appearing in a new book along with some more of my photography, more on that later. Check out Nick’s blog here for more tips on decorating in small spaces, still lining up shoot projects for the trip so give me a call if you need something doing in the Big Apple …..
The very successful Girls Guide to Decorating which I worked on with my good friend Abigail Ahern has now been available in soft cover for a few months & by all accounts it’s being just as successful as the hardcover but it’s made me remember some of the amazing interiors we photographed in NYC, so I felt the urge to blog about one of my favourite New York houses that I have shot on our visits to the Big Apple. To where I am returning in July this year, already got two photographic projects lined up to work on, but always room for more NYC time in my life, so if you needing an interior photographed in NYC early in July drop me a line @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Well a bit later than planned, here are the interior and lifestyle images from “Little House on The Fens” published in the June issue of @coastmag written and styled by Charlotte Griffin about the fantastic retreat in the Suffolk Fens near the idyllic Thorpeness, it’s a wonderful home from home which Charlie and Andrew have created for themselves and their very lucky boys. You might be able to detect a slight hint of envy in that last sentence and you’d be right, if it ever comes up for sale I’d be very tempted. It was a pleasure to photograph, enjoy the pictures they will soon be in my Interiors folio when I have a moment………..
well after many years of good service we are about to say bye bye to our beautiful Balzac sofa by Matthew Hilton, because our heart (mine & the misses) has been stollen by another, which will be revealed very soon on www.location78.com. good old Balzac would have some tales to tell, I am sure, it has featured in many shoots both myself and lots of other high profile photographers shooting fashion, interiors & lifestyle photography @ our house, it’s had many famous bottoms on it, and i know of at least one naked lady who was in close contact with it, so if your in the market for a wonderful piece of furniture click here i do hope he goes to a good home to be loved for many more years ………….
In January, on what luckily turned out to be a beautiful wintery sunny day, I had the pleasure of photographing the home of Richard Found, of Found Associates who is a very clever man when it comes to a bit of architectural minimalism, I had been trying to figure out from his site which house was his so I knew what to expect, but not only is the house full of clean lines, no real surprises there, but it is also a real home where Richard, who by the way is a fantastic host, lives with his family wife Jane Suitor (art consultant) and their children Olivia, aged 9 and Oscar, 4. You can read the full article and see more pictures @ The London Magazine March issue. I do love the Hans Wegner’s wishbone chairs, they look great in any space, a real classic, and who wouldn’t be inspired walking up the stairs in the left of the below image ……
Here are two images which I shot for Dulux Colour Futures, see the rest of the project here. I just recently added these images to my Advertising Folio and then a few days later was happy to see that Elle Deco UK had decided to use the left hand image to open their decorating section of the April issue, if I may say they definitely have a sense of calm which I really am proud of, but I can’t take all the credit for that, both Mother Nature for lighting and the ever talented Hannah Simmons styling deserve equal billing, and of course Dulux for brave use of paint, an example below. Which in these days of Adobe making all things possible we collectively decided to do this one for real, in camera, thanks to James Henderson (set builder) had to make it happen, which took a bit of time, but it was worth it, hope you agree……………..
Got an email flyer from shoot factory one of location78‘s agents this morning, about a new location they are now representing in Nottinghamshire Ravenshead, well it took me back, I had shot this house for Elle Decoration a few years ago with the lovely Andrea Lynch who has been a long term friend since we worked together for Harrods years earlier. The house as you can see is a modernist classic it could be straight out of a 007 set, packed full with modernist furniture which the owner Simon deals in through his shop Atomic in Nottingham, I absolutely loved this house when I shot it we had a great day, although a very long one waiting for it to get dark to do the exterior, but Simon did provide some great grub from the local chippy to keep us going, hope you enjoy looking at the images, I’d love to get an opportunity to shoot there again…..
Not only has Jo my wife got a lovely pear but, she was given it by another man! (and his missus Lilla) – well they’re friends really, the very entertaining Jonny of Trunk Records, & Lilla of LillaVision, the only stipulation of the gift, was that we could only pass it on, if and when we wanted to, as it has always been passed on and never sold during it’s lifetime. Jonny is one of those rare people in todays world who values objects for what they mean as opposed to what they are worth, if you know what I mean. I’m sure it’s because of this, almost every time we see Jonny someone has given him something really marvellous, just because he’s admired it. There were four of these pictures originally, all different fruits, we have been told the other three were possibly destroyed in a house fire and, there was a rumour the designer may well have been a designer for Habitat, but that’s just a rumour. Anyway we love it, hanging in the hallway and my wife’s lovely pear is much admired, with a great story behind it, and a little reminder that being nice has it’s rewards ……….