1924 Brough Superior SS80
The Brough Superior is one of the most iconic motorcycles ever made. In their time, these bikes were record breakers and even by today’s standards are fast. These machines are highly sought after but are often only seen in static displays at museums. A neighbour of mine is lucky enough to own one, his bike was bought directly from the factory by his grandfather in the 1920s. While the bike is normally displayed in a museum, he does take it out from time to time and I had the opportunity to see the bike after it had been out on a 100 mile trip in the rain so needed a bit of a wipe down before it was returned to the display. I am a keen motorcyclist so I jumped at the chance to see a Brough in ‘the flesh’ and take some pictures.
The Brough Superior was known as the ‘Rolls Royce of motorcycles’ and for good reason. The craftsmanship is amazing and these were staggeringly fast machines when they were manufactured. Famous owners include Lawrence of Arabia who owned eight.
I now want to be a vintage motorcycle photographer.
1924 Brough Superior SS80
Leather bags – Brough Superior SS80
SS80 – right handlebar showing choke (top) and throttle (bottom)
SS80 – left handlebar
SS80 petrol tank-sight glass for total loss oil system
‘Selfie help’ workshop – how to take better pictures with your mobile device.
For many, one of the main purposes of the camera in their smartphone is to capture and share selfies. In this popular workshop attendees discover the true potential of their mobile device and learn the skills needed to take better pictures for both fun and work.
The workshop is both practical and enjoyable and will provide attendees with a range of skills such as lighting, camera, apps, exposure, composition and useful accessories and much more.
The introductory session normally runs for between 1 and 2 hours and there is also an intermediate session of the same length. The workshop can be offered as a practical staff development session (CPD) or as a fun away-day activity. Click here to find out more.
Macro image taken with iPhone CS
Pinhole photography class at the Royal Photographic Society in Bath
It is quite easy to think of photography as being a highly complex and technical process however, the principles of photography are very simple and a basic pinhole camera can be constructed with the types of items found in a typical rubbish bin. While the image quality of these cameras is basic by modern standards, there is a mystery to the pictures and in some situations, a pinhole camera can capture images beyond the ability of even the most sophisticated digital SLR. Throughout 2017, I will be running a series of one-day pinhole photography classes at the Royal Photographic Society’s (RPS) HQ in Bath.
The workshops introduce the fundamentals of photography and camera construction before the students make their own cameras and use them to undertake a set of tasks. The students will process their negatives in the darkroom.
If you have never seen a picture appear in a developing dish, this is one of the wonders of analogue photography.
During the class, we also look at contemporary photographers that are exploring the potential of pinhole cameras.
No prior knowledge of photography is required and all materials are provided.
For more information or to book visit the RPS website
Pinhole photograph taken with home-made pinhole camera
In addition to traditional portraiture, I also provide a headshot photography service for new and established actors, performers and artists. I have a full studio and location lighting system and so can capture a wide range of shots from the typical two hour session.
Headshot contact sheet
Prices start at £190 for a two hour session.
For this, the client will normally get between 100 and 200 pictures showing a number of styles, backgrounds and clothing options. Edited images are supplied as both colour and black and white files in high and standard web resolution.
These shots of Rory Betts have been used by the casting agency Jeffrey and White and Spotlight
Photography and illustration for trade unions and NGO’s
I have had the pleasure of working with many trade unions since I started as a photographer and illustrator in 1994. I have covered campaigns, mergers, strikes, conferences, festivals and almost every other area in which unions are active. Some of my photography has won the TUC annual awards.
Trade union photography at conferences and AGMs
I have worked on conferences and AGMs for PCS, ACCORD, RMT and ASLEF. The types of shots I have taken include, portraits, delegates and the lecture, guest speakers, reactions from the audience, group shots and informal shots of delegates enjoying the event.
Delegate at ASLEF AGM
Group photograph at ACCORD conference
Questions from the floor – ACCORD conference
Guest speaker at trade union conference – John McDonnell
Images for magazines, journals and publications.
I often take images to go on the cover of the union journal or for editorial images to go inside. These might be documentary, illustrative or staged images.
Campaign illustrations and photomontages
Sometimes a still image cannot illustrate a complex story effectively but an illustration or photomontage made from a number of separate images can create a powerful campaigning image.
Commissioned Photomontage for CWU created using Photoshop
Jeremy Corbyn – leader of the Labour Party – Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival