Burr! it’s cold being back in London, swapping shorts and a tee shirt for, hat and gloves was never going to be an easy transition to make, but being home with the family kicks all those minor worries into touch, plus being back in the hubbub of London is great, full of exciting opportunities and cool stuff. Down in Shoreditch to drop off the hard drive with all our four weeks work on from the Portuguese trip, I caught the last day of a “Street Art” / “Graffiti” show called the White Canvas project, they are moving the show to Dalston and reopening in a few weeks in the same building as Beyond Retro, I’ll shoot some images and post them soon. In the mean time here are some more backlit garden images from the last few weeks in the sun…………
End of week 3 in Portugal, went out with the whole crew last night for steak on a stone in Moncarapacho, apparently a very Portuguese way of eating steak and it was delicious I would highly recommend it as an experience, joining a well deserved day off today, just about to go out for lunch and then to the beach for a lie down to recharge the batteries for another week of location shooting in the fantastic gardens that Penny has found for us, the above image at the garden of the location we all call the red house, I have given this shots the title of Olive in the morning, more garden pictures coming soon………
a well deserved day off today, week two is in the bag and it’s Sunday, the sun has rejoined us and next week is looking easier weather wise not having to battle with clouds mornings and afternoons, we have had some dappled light but only fleeting glances to keep teasing us, well hopefully the forecast is reliable and we get some better days coming up. Aside from domestic tasks like a super market run & laundry, today some of the team have been to the local market @ Quatrim, which seemed to be half local produce and half car boot. Now all that know me will know that car boot sales don’t normally float my boat, but it was curious to see that the type of stuff you find here is about the same as the stuff you find at any boot sale where ever you are, but we always hope to find some gems, and today I did. The beautifully aged box photographed above & in it’s interior it contains ink stamps that I have bought for the boys, the guy who was selling them said that Portuguese schools used to use them in lessons, I am sure the boys will love them. Ones lots of different types of boats and ships in one, the other is different types of traditional buildings from other cultures from around the world, more stories for the Algarve soon…………
About half way through week 2 of our five week Portugal shoot, I snapped these in one of our garden locations when we had just finished shooting for the day. With week one under our belt, with fantastic teamwork, lots of sun, great locations courtesy of Shoot Portugal which has resulted in beautiful images which our client is really happy with, it couldn’t be better, unless of course I could have Jo and the boys with me which would be the icing on the cake, but as we all know you can seldom have it all, but looking forward to the first days off to get the opportunity to do some exploring. I have been to the Algarve many times but never had the time to wander about to get a proper feel for Portugal, so wonderful to be here out of season when you can get a real feel for the place & the people, more soon……..
i’m so excited to be going to the wondrous “Giffords Circus” at Stadhampton green tomorrow with the boys, we went last year, i was doing some shooting with Abigail Ahern, as she had made over Nell’s then new caravan in the Ahern stylie as i am sure your all familiar with by now but if your in doubt click here to see her blog and there are shots we took of the caravan interior below. last year the Gifford’s Circus Troop did a version of War & Peace, a bit heavy for light entertainment you might think, but when you include the elements of circus craft from around the world, juggling, fire eating, trapeze, acrobatics and horseman ship, not to forget the clown MC with his pants on fire, you can get a flavour of what I am talking about, it is truly magical and our boys Digby 6 & Kit 4 definitely agree, I can’t wait …………..
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………..