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Frozen Waves by Eric Gross

Frozen Waves by Eric Gross

Nick Lawrence, a fellow snapper, made me aware of the image below and the following article. Thanks for sending Nick. For those of you with headspace they are quite magical.
I have added the image acknowledging that all copyrights belong to Eric Gross.

Eloise on top of the hill

Eloise on top of the hill

I took this shot of Eloise on the top of Broomfield Hill in Richmond Park. As you can see, it was windy. I saw that as part of its appeal. If my memory serves me well I don’t think Eloise liked the image as she was looking for head shots for her book at the time. I wonder if time may have changed her opinion? I think she looks great.

Loving the threads!

Loving the threads!

According to the Library of Congress: “The Emir of Bukhara, Alim Khan (1880-1944), poses solemnly for his portrait, taken in 1911 shortly after his accession.
As ruler of an autonomous city-state in Islamic Central Asia, the Emir presided over the internal affairs of his emirate as absolute monarch, although since the mid-1800s Bukhara had been a vassal state of the Russian Empire. With the establishment of Soviet power in Bukhara in 1920, the Emir fled to Afghanistan where he died in 1944.”

Cody or Claire? …a stolen moment

Cody or Claire? …a stolen moment

Searching for the natural.

Back in the summer Cody and I set about creating some portraits and head shots for her modelling agency. She is pushing on with more commercial work and needed some new images for their look books.
You may have seen some of them in Cody’s folios.

Whilst those shots have been chosen for their commercial value, my personal favourites are often the frames that I manage to steal when the model isn’t, well, modelling, so to speak.
Sure, the collar on the shirt isn’t the best. She’s been sipping the coffee and the lipstick isn’t the best either. The hair on the left is not laying flat, and the earring is hiding behind the hair, but, she was lost in thought for around one or two seconds.
Having worked with her quite a lot, I have become accustomed to seeing the difference between the professional, commercial “Cody Look” and the personal “Claire, Smiling”

“All Hail! My Galaxy Trail”

“All Hail! My Galaxy Trail”

All Hail! My Galaxy Trail – Today, I have retired my trusty Adidas Galaxy Trailies. These are the third pair of Galaxy trailies that I have been running in since I decided to get fit. Known affectionately as my “v3s”, this pair have faithfully guided and protected me for 963km across 298 runs, without a single slip, through the ever present hazards of Richmond Park and the Thames Path.

Spring “peaks” through in Richmond Park

Spring “peaks” through in Richmond Park

Spring “peaks” through in Richmond Park – This cyclist has just arrived at the summit of Broomfield Hill. Not a tall hill, but very steep indeed. Only those who are fit undertake “clockwise” circuits of the park, as this formidable challenge can be avoided, by gentler inclines, if you travel anti clockwise.

“The tricks of today are the truths of tomorrow – Man Ray”

“The tricks of today are the truths of tomorrow – Man Ray”

I took this portrait of Romany a while back. At the time I had in mind to create a portrait after Man Ray, an amazing photographer and artist. That was my self imposed brief.
Some of you will be familiar with Man Ray’s collaborations with Lee Miller. She was his oft’ model and muse. Lee Miller herself, was also a fascinating character, and a great photographer, who led an extraordinary life.

Slighted by Parliament

Slighted by Parliament

After six centuries of keeping enemies at bay, an Act of Parliament was passed at Wareham to destroy the castle. Captain Hughes of Lulworth was given the job of demolishing it. His sappers dug deep holes packed with gunpowder to bring the towers and ramparts crashing down, resulting in the yawning gaps and crazy angles we see today