Nuclear Energy

•March 15, 2011 • Leave a Comment

The crisis in Japan is certainly bringing the debate of nuclear energy to the forefront of everyone’s mind. I’ve been thinking hard about my project Light After Dark and the time spent photographing within metres of Britain’s fleet of nuclear Power Stations. With the UK on the verge of renewing its nuclear fleet I hope the discussion remains diplomatic rather than sensationalist.

R.I.P. The Monster

•March 14, 2011 • 2 Comments

With regret I must report that my beloved 1993 Toyota Hi-Lux (a.k.a. The Monster) was stolen from outside my flat in Bethnal Green last night. Painful to comprehend that all the hard-work building the bed, heater, stove and electricity systems are succumbing to a blow-torch in the Docklands before being shipped in pieces to West Africa. All of the best and most remote locations from my Scotland project were accessed and made homely thanks to her even in 2 foot of snow.  70 mph on the motorway was admittedly scary but trusting the engine would start first-turn in -25C and get back to civilization after a night of photography was amazing. The monster will be missed but will be replaced by something just as good (with an immobiliser).

The End of the Road…

•February 24, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Finally back in the UK after what has been a really intense 4 months behind the camera. The first draft of editing from China is complete and now I turn to penning the supporting text. Plenty of exciting things to keep me busy in the next few months on home soil. Rejigging the front-end of this website and an exciting new Roof Unit in Bethnal Green just for starters. Although I won’t be forgetting my experience in China anytime soon. This Tibetan motor-bike messenger was spotted at 4300m above sea-level on a sheet ice road at -25C.

 

Rise and Climb, Welcome to 2011

•January 20, 2011 • 1 Comment

2011 started briskly with another flight to Asia and 5 locations to cover before the end of the month. India  is hot on the heels of China with regards to industrial development and this felt very evident from a 165m up a still setting chimney. Over 8000 labourers are striving to bring this coal-fired power station into service before the end of the year. The atmosphere, colours and passion of India is so very different from the steely, relentless possibly unsustainable growth of China and I can’t help but feel this power-house of Asia is about to surface from a media shadow.

 

 

 

Back on Solid Ground

•December 27, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Back in the my hometown of Lincoln and enjoying a break with family before 2011 gets rolling. I have started editing the China work but am already looking toward the next leg of the project. Continuing the theme of energy growth and development in Asia; I will be working in Hong Kong and India throughout January. Having spent 4 days in HK this year I am equally excited about this as I am getting to grips with the colour, diversity and sites in India for the first time.

Behind the Firewall and Off The Map

•November 17, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I’m blogging blind by e-mail, I can’t see my own web-site nor any of the news-feeds I’m used to. I suddenly find myself in China, Qian’an in Inner Mongolia to be precise. I am at my second location on a 2 month personal project covering 8 different types of Power Generation Technology; Biomass, Wind, Super-Critical Coal, Hydro, Nuclear, Coal, Natural Gas and finally Solar. After 5 days I am almost lost for words as I plot the narrative seam through what is a complete visual, political, cultural and language shock. So excuse the radio silence until 2011 with what I have a hunch will be a very juicy project.

Scaling the Wind Turbine

•November 1, 2010 • 1 Comment

As part of The Renewables Project shot earlier this year I spent time looking at the Wind Farms across Central Scotland. With thanks to Scottish and Southern and Siemens I had the opportunity to accompany 2 engineers, Jason Smith and Ross Kennedy on routine inspection at Drumderg in Perthshire.

This image was released in Live Magazine this weekend and I will be releasing a larger edit of the narrative later in the year.

Nagoya Biodiversity Summit 2010 – Madagascar Report

•October 26, 2010 • Leave a Comment

As the summit enters its 2nd week the Environmental Investigation Agency (US) and Global Witness have released their finalised report on Investigation Into the Global Trade in Malagasy Precious Woods. It can be downloaded HERE. This document now includes critical evidence showing trade flows to China, Europe and the US as well as the conditions in Madagascar and their solution based recommendations.

The press release has already caused some waves in international media including the front page of BBC.co.uk today. Article by Richard Black is HERE.

The Planets Above Greenwich – Sky 3D’s Launch

•October 24, 2010 • Leave a Comment

It’s been a busy week centered around one of the biggest and most technically challenging shoots I have ever worked on. To celebrate the launch of Sky 3D, Europe’s first 3D TV Channel, we brought to life on Earth a scene from “The Universe” for photography and video. 8 giant helium balloons, painted like the planets and measuring between 6 and 1m in diameter were suspended over Greenwich Park as a crew of balloon engineers wrestled with the controls in a stiff wind. As per usual, I wish to keep the exact technical process a secret, but it took over 12 Pro-Foto heads at maximum power to freeze the movement of the balloons within a long ambient light exposure for the city background.

The images are again destined for the Getty Wire Service so absolutely zero retouching was applied. The final image was the culmination of over 100 hours work by a team of 17. Huge thanks to Will from Cake, Tim Bowditch my assistant , Pam at Orchard and Direct Lighting for a stadium’s worth of lighting kit.

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Artist’s Talk At Blue Dog Gallery – 21st October.

•October 17, 2010 • Leave a Comment

As part of the Brighton Photo Biennial and the group exhibition ‘IN SITE’ I will be giving an Artist’s Talk alongside Wendy Pye and Ellie Davies. The talk is from 6 – 7:30pm on 21st October at Blue Dog Gallery, 20 Gardener Street
, Brighton 
BN1 1UP. I’ve also finally uploaded the Madagascar multimedia piece I showed at LookBetween festival earlier this year, viewable below:

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