Keeping Austin Weird

I was in Austin, Texas a couple of weeks ago. The city has a reputation for being a bit ‘out there’, independent and non-corporate compared to the rest of the US. One of the ways that this independance expresses itself is through the medium of street art. The walls of the city are covered by these murals and paintings.

They are amazing and if you have time and are in Austin go and see them.

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In the Street – I too am human

I was recently in Austin, the capital of Texas. It is a fantastic place with stark contrasts of wealth and poverty sitting check by jowl with each other. I tried to record the remarkable colour of the city, but also tried to capture the faces of the men, and it was mainly men, living on the street.

I made a film about the migrant camp in Calais, which I titled ‘I too am human‘ and I am recycling the title for these two photos. Terri and Rici, the names of the two men I photographed are not street people, they are people.

I hope that these pictures show that they can say with total justification ‘I too am human’

Terri

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Rici

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Being Holy in Reading – Palm Sunday

Sunday was Palm Sunday and there was a procession, why wouldn’t there be?

One of my local Anglican Church’s held a Palm Sunday procession and they were game enough to let me take pictures while they sung hymns and held palm fronds high. What is Palm Sunday? Its the Sunday before Easter and celebrates when Jesus Christ went to his death and eventual resurrection on the back of a donkey. As he entered Jerusalem the citizens of the city cried Hosanna in the highest. I am a crap evangelist and so you might be better off reading the actual story, here.

I am a better photographer than Christian so here are the pictures I took.

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Palm Sunday St Lukes Church in Reading Palm Sunday St Lukes Church in Reading

A Day Out With Imogen

Like many photographers, I am a fan of the Weekly Imogen website featuring the work of photographer Mark and the model that he has worked with for four years Imogen. You can see their work on Youtube and Instagram .

They offer monthly courses in daylight portraiture, which is something that I am very interested in. So as a birthday pressie to myself I signed up to a course at the end of Feb.

It was super cold, but the results were fantastic and very enjoyable. It showed me some new locations and gave me lots of ideas, which I am looking forward to using in my next portrait shoots.

I think the pics speak for themselves

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A photo course with Imogen A photo course with Imogen

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Notting Hill Carnival

The Notting Hill Carnival is a truly amazing experience. This was my first time there and a bit of an experiment. I wanted to try and show something different from the usual carnival photos so tried to look at vignettes of the community and images at the sidelines of the event.

So this is how I saw the event

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Notting Hill Festival 2017 Notting Hill Festival 2017

Notting Hill Festival 2017 Notting Hill Festival 2017

Notting Hill Festival 2017 Notting Hill Festival 2017

Notting Hill Festival 2017 Notting Hill Festival 2017

If you want to see the full set of pictures. Click here.