All posts filed under: It My Life: Personal Stories

Two men walk down a jetty to a boat on the Thames, in central London

Still From An Imaginary Film #1

The movies have always been highly influential on my photography. In particular, I’ve always loved all those old film noirs from the 1940’s and 1950’s. Along with photographer Anton Corbijn, now also a fantastic movie director, they’ve really inspired my gritty black and white photography approach. This particular image, one of my first ever digital images (circa 2002), has always remained a personal favourite. The two silhouetted figures walking down the jetty, to a boat on the Thames in central London, do evoke a certain film noir air of mystery. In many ways I like to think of it as a still from an imaginary film. As an aspiring screenwriter maybe I’ll write a short script for it one day. Snapshots: my short and quick to read blog posts. They may be about everything and anything. Not just weddings or photography.  

A collection of my birthday presents

A Lovely But Wet Birthday

Yesterday was my birthday.  I’ve now turned into the last year of my forties!  Oh I’m getting old! Anyhow I was spoilt thoroughly, as some of the presents in the above photograph show. The Vinyl List For Christmas I got a record (vinyl) player, the first one I’ve had since the late 1980s (told you I was getting old!) so for my birthday I was treated to some of my favourite albums on vinyl: ‘Violator’ by Depeche Mode, ‘Mezzanine’ by Massive Attack, ‘Dummy’ by Portishead and ‘Trouble Will Fine Me’ by The National. I’ve now decided I will start re-building a vinyl collection of all my all time favourite albums…it might be quite a list! And if that didn’t prove I was old already, just look at this birthday card I received (to the left)!!! And yes, that is me…dressed up as Scary Goth from a Halloween a few years ago! I also got the photography book “The Decisive Moment” by Henri Cartier-Bresson – one of the all time great photobooks. As a documentary wedding …

A Short Weekend in Brighton

It’s My Life: Another Personal Story With wedding season now quietening down I had the opportunity for a short weekend trip to Brighton last weekend. As it was a family trip, with six of us in total, I arranged a Kemp Town terraced house through AirB&B for us to stay.  I won’t say too much, but the house was cool, quirky and arty and belonged to the singer of a band who had bit of a left field hit in the 1990s. So what does a documentary wedding photographer do when not working – I did some street and documentary photography in Brighton of course! A Street Photography Wedding Photographer The weather on Saturday was great, warm and sunny. So this gave me plenty of opportunity to get quite a few street photography shots all along the seafront. On Saturday evening, failing to be able to get into the restaurant we wanted to eat in we ended up have a traditional seaside feast of fish and chips at home. Unfortunately, Sunday morning was rather wet …

Portrait of Black Singer Colin Vearncombe

It’s My Life: It’s A Wonderful Life

I was very saddened to learn of the untimely death of singer Colin Vearncombe, the voice of Black, yesterday in Ireland. Not only were his tracks Wonderful Life and Sweetest Smile big favourites of mine (yes, I’m old enough to have enjoyed them at the time) but both the black & white cover artwork of his 1987 debut album, also called Wonderful Life, and the imagery from the accompanying Wonderful Life video really had a major influence on me at a time I was just starting to pick up a camera and learn my craft. I’ve spoken before of how both the photography and videography of Anton Corbijn were the main reasons I turned to photography in the first place.  The Wonderful Life video definitely is similar to the kind of videos Anton Corbijn was making for Depeche Mode around the same time. Directed by Gerard De Thame there’s a lot of great “photography” in the Wonderful Life video (watch it below) and I can definitely see the lasting influence in my black & white work …

It’s My Life: The Third Man

It’s My Life: Personal Stories From A Private Life Okay, so I thought it’d be nice every once-in-a-while to share something that gives an insight into my life, outside of photography.  After all, when you book a wedding photographer you’re investing in the person as well as the wedding photography itself, so hopefully these occasional insights will help you to get to know me a little better as a real person – even if that does mean warts ‘n’ all at times! The Third Man Seen At The BFI So Friday evening I had the real pleasure of going to see my all time favourite film The Third Man, which was being screened at the British Film Institute (BFI) on London’s South Bank. I first fell in love with this film as a teenager back in the mid-1980s. I received an audio book of the novella by Graham Greene (on cassette back then) one Christmas and having been blown away by the story I sought out the film  – which I ended up recording off …