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Hastings Pier at night

I have photographed the reconstruction of Hastings Pier for two years, from May 2014 until the celebration of it’s reopening in May 2016. During this time, I have captured the key moments in the Pier’s reconstruction, including the arrival of the Jack Up Barge, the demolition of the Ballroom, the laying of the decking and the building of the Pier Hub. I have also completed another body of work for Hastings Pier Charity entitled ‘Unsung Heroes’ celebrating the workers who […]

Digital Photography Teaching

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In September of this year, I’ll be running a digital photography course at Sussex Coast College in Hastings. The emphasis of this ten week course will be on taking better photos, so that you graduate from taking happy snaps to powerful photographic images. There will of course be some technical How To sessions, but the emphasis will be on getting out there and creating stunning images. As a special offer, even if it rains (as it seems to be doing a lot […]

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The Wembley To Soweto Foundation

Great news! The Wembley To Soweto Foundation will be collaborating with The Hospital Club in Covent Garden from September 2015 – September 2016. We’re all thrilled to be working alongside such a dynamic and pro-active group of people, and to mark the start of our journey together we will be exhibiting a selection of images taken by our young photographers over the past 5 years. We will be joined by past and current students from all over the world and would be […]

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Unsung Heroes return to the Pier

The Unsung Heroes of Hastings Pier have now moved from the HUB and gone back to the Pier. Four of the photos are now attached to the side of one of the sheds on the Pier, and you can see them when walking along the Promenade. If you’re coming from Hastings or anywhere East of the Pier, have a look at the Pier’s Unsung Heroes who will be looking at you from behind the fencing.

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Hastings Piano Concerto Competition

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This year’s Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition was once again an amazing week of truly amazing musical talent from all over the world. This year’s winner was Alexander Panfilov from Russia, whose final performance of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 was both powerful and sensitive, for which he received a standing ovation from the White Rock audience. One of the real treat’s for me this year was working alongside film director Mike Figgis, who was shooting a documentary of the […]

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This Friday evening, 31 October 2014, is the Preview of Virtuoso, an exhibition of photos of the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition (HIPCC) by myself and Alex Brattell. It’s more a celebration than an exhibition, a celebration of Hastings’ new place on the map as a centre for musical excellence in the country. yahoo ask To read more about HIPCC, please have a look at Chris Cormack’s article on Hastings Online Times. If  you’re free Friday evening, please come to the Preview. […]

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Fishermen Photos on Black Huts

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As part of the ‘Food and Fisheries for Responsible Tourism’ conference in Hastings this past June, I created banners of the portraits I’ve shot of Hastings’ fishing families. The huge banner images now hang on the walls of the famous black huts along the Stade in Hastings Old Town.These photos are part of an on-going project started in 1992, to document the fishing families of Hastings. singapore . .

Wembley to Soweto to Brazil

Teaching in favela Jardim Colombo, Sao PauloThe World Cup is almost over and once again England is home disappointedly early. But for me, the World Cup has been a huge success. I’ve just returned from running a three-week photography workshop in the favelas of Sao Paulo which I genuinely feel has made a difference to lives of eight young men and women. In 2010, actor/producer David Westhead and I created ‘Wembley to Soweto’ as a photography-based training course to be run […]

Hastings Piano Competition

The Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition was a dream assignment, a week of photographing young pianists from all over the world playing the works of the great composers of classical music.