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Burlesque Portfolio Shoot

In April I was lucky enough to be asked to shoot portfolio pictures for a number of new burlesque performers by the fabulous Little Lady Luscious.

It was great fun, and the pictures, well I think that they speak for themselves.

If you are looking for some portfolio pics for your act or simply want some professional pics to improve your Linked In profile, give me a call

Burlesque Profile Shots
Burlesque Profile Shots
Burlesque Profile Shots

London becomes a fortress

Terrorism is a fact of life, well a fact of my life anywhere. When I was 7 the IRA blew up the toy-shop I used to buy Action Men in, which was next to one of the pubs that they attacked in Guildford Surrey. When I was a teenager, I remember going to see the broken windows at Harrods following the bomb that the IRA placed there in 1981 or maybe 1982.

In the 1990’s I saw French soldiers hassling a man of North African appearance after a series of terrorist outrageous in Paris. At the same time I remember the complete disappearance of public waste bins after the IRA, again, had taken to leaving fire-bombs in the railway station bins. London’s streets really suffered after these outrages, the streets were filthy.

I have been at the edge of latest bought of terrorism, when I was at Edgware Road tube station 2 hrs before the 7/7 explosions and then had a really difficult time trying to reach my darling sister who worked in the City at the time.

So, it should really come as no surprise to see anti-terrorism measures around London. But, but, but, despite seeing anti-terrorism measures on nearly every London Bridge over the Thames, I was terribly shocked and stunned to see anti-terrorism, anti-suicide and anti-wild driving barriers around Leicester Square.

Concrete Blocks Leicester Sq

The blocks are somehow beautiful, somehow terrifying, somehow stunning. It makes me really sad to see them.

For me, Leicester Square is a centre of fun. When I was 18 I went to see my first X-Rated film there, Risky Business – Tom Cruise (It’s really not that racy), I have been clubbing in the Square, met friends in the Square and bought theatre tickets in it to. There are also pretty nice public loos there too. Leicester Square is also the spiritual home to The Burly Photographer. I have shot Burlesque Idol umpteen times at the Hippodrome Casino. I have probably taken something like 20,000 images there. To have the Square barrackaded like a fort seems almost obscene.

It is obscene, but it is logical

Concrete Blocks Leicester Sq

But – lets look at this another way round.

Leicester Square is a centre of entertainment, it is fun messy, smelly (sometimes) and the place where fun begins. We should want to defend the ability to have fun, if we cannot have fun, have a laugh, get pissed and make fools of ourselves, then terrorism has completely won.

So we have to defend it – the fortress is unfortunate – but it has to be done – Es Liebe Madness……..

Girl in a Headscarf

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine said that she was interested in becoming a model and asked whether I would take some shots of her so that she could practice.

We played around with poses and decided to do a daylight shoot without the aid of flash.

One of the ideas we played with was the use of a headscarf, I think that I had recently been given a book of photos by Steve McCurry and was inspired by his headscarf photos. His photo of an Afghani woman uses a red headscarf, which we didn’t have.

But, Fede – who was modelling that day, managed to pull something quite special off that day.

Woman in a Headscarf
Woman in a Headscarf
Woman in a Headscarf
Woman in a Headscarf

Guitar on the Street

Last week, or maybe a couple of weeks ago I went to see the Don McCullin exhibition at the Tate Britain – Again. If you haven’t been you really should go.

Anyway, I was feeling inspired by McCullin’s people and street photographs. I was wandering in the streets behind the Tate looking for a Boris Bike to take me to the Extinction Rebellion demo and I heard a guitar playing.

I thought I would investigate and I met Francois, who was happy to let me take his picture while he played. I hope that I have done him and his playing justice.

Francois With Guitar behind the Tate
Francois With Guitar behind the Tate

Politicians I’ve Shot

Hopefully that got your attention. I was thinking about the photographs I have taken and realise that I have taken pictures of some of those that had led us in the early part of the Century and a few other ‘famous’ politicians in the last couple of years.

So here’s a few of the pics I have taken of those that have led us, influenced us or sought to lead us.

David Lammy 2018

Angela Rayner MP 2018

Angela Rayner in Woodley

Angela Rayner MP 2017

No To DUP Coalition Protest

Owen Jones 2017 (Again)

No To DUP Coalition Protest

Sir Keir Starmer MP and Matt Rodda MP 2017

Keir Starmer MP and Matt Rodda MP

Chukka Umunna MP 2016

Chuka Umunna

Jonathan Aitken 2014

Jonathan Aitken

Diane Abbot MP 2014

Mark Duggan Vigil Tottenham

Lord Neil Kinnock 2014

Neil Kinnock in Reading

Lord David Blunkett 2014

David Blunkett in Reading

Paris Lees 2013

#dailyhatemail

Owen Jones 2013

#dailyhatemail

Lord John Prescot 2010 – Reading

Eddie Izzard 2010 – Reading

Rev. Jessie Jackson 2008 – A long time ago and a bit soft

Rev Jessie Jackson in Reading 2009

Fab Burlesque In Harlow

OK I know its not a very catchy title, but I shot a show in Harlow recently, the Cuetease charity show and it was amazing

Not only were the performances astounding, but it was the first place that I had seen the audience dancing with the performers when the music came on. Harlow audiences rock.

If you are Essex based, keep an eye out for Cuetease show next year. its brilliant. The performers are amazing but the audience is something worth seeing too.

So what did you miss? You missed this

Cue Tease Burlesque Harlow


Cue Tease Burlesque Harlow
Cue Tease Burlesque Harlow
Cue Tease Burlesque Harlow
Cue Tease Burlesque Harlow
Cue Tease Burlesque Harlow
Cue Tease Burlesque Harlow
Cue Tease Burlesque Harlow

Occupy- Do you remember

Do you remember when we thought that occupation could change the world?

In 2011 the City was occupied, Billy Bragg played an impromptu gig in front of St Pauls and we thought that there was a chance that the world might change. The Arab Spring had just happened and there was hope in the air.

Ok the Arab Spring turned very sour, and Occupy has changed the City not one jot, but it is sometimes nice to simply remind ourselves that there are people who were willing to make a stand and willing to hope for a different future.

Below are some pictures from that year of Occupation in the City, with 2 sites, one infront of St Pauls, another on Finsbury Square and also of the smaller Occupy Nottingham.

Tahrir Square London


Occupation Times
Heated Discussion observed
Monopoly

Finsbury Square

Capitalism Isn't Working
Tax Havens are Immoral

Nottingham

Occupy Nottingham
Occupy Nottingham