Archive for July, 2013

São Tomé portrait

Monday, July 29th, 2013
São Tomé and Principe - São Tomé - A boy with a sand covered back on the Marginal 12 Julho, Sao Tome

São Tomé and Principe – São Tomé – A boy with a sand covered back on the Marginal 12 Julho,

 

 

 

Another image from the recent Conde Nast Traveller assignment to Sao Tome and Principe that didn’t make the final edit.

 

How I learned to love Bollywood

Friday, July 26th, 2013

 

There’s a really interesting piece in the Guardian today by Amit Chaudhuri (the British media’s new go-to man for South Asian comment) about Bollywood – the catch-all term for Indian mainstream film. Chaudhuri relates his own personal journey back to an Indian past whilst watching classic Hindi cinema at university in Cambridge in the ’80s. It was a medium that he’d ignored partly because of his middle-class upbringing and partly because he’d grown up on Hollywood movies. Interestingly, as he says, “just as Bollywood seemed to become all gloss and syrup, there was another development.” This came in the form of Independent Hindi cinema. Movies like Maqbool and Omkara. It’s a shame for the outsider who doesn’t speak Hindi because it’s really tricky to find subtitled versions beyond the big blockbusters. I’m still trying to hunt down a version of the Gangs of Wasseypur that I can understand. For me, I remember sitting open mouthed the first time I saw some of the beautiful Satyajit Ray offerings in black and white that are pretty easy to find… but then also loving more modern ironic offerings like Quick Gun Murugan. In any case it will be interesting to see where ‘new’ Indian cinema will go in the next few years in a rapidly changing India.

I’ve never worked on a Bollywood movie (although I did shoot movie moghul Ronnie Screwvalla for the Sunday Times Magazine a few years ago – see here) but did photograph the rehearsals for The Merchants of Bollywood (again for the Sunday Times Magazine) in Mumbai a while back. As my own homage to Bollywood, here’s one of my favourite frames from the job…

 

Indian - Mumbai - Dancer Ashwini Iyer, 23, practices her routine at a rehearsal of the production of The Merchants of Bollywood in a studio in Mumbai, India

Indian – Mumbai – Dancer Ashwini Iyer, 23, practices her routine at a rehearsal of the production of The Merchants of Bollywood in a studio in Mumbai, India

 

Principe Portrait

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

 

Here’s another image from the recent Conde Nast Traveller assignment to Sao Tome and Principe that didn’t make the final edit.

 

Sao Tome and Principe - San Antonio - A portrait of Nalito, 18, a schoolboy

Sao Tome and Principe – San Antonio – A portrait of Nalito, 18, a schoolboy

I stay in the finest hotels…

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013
India - Chandannagar - Hand painted sign for the Hotel Ritzy Manor

India – Chandannagar – Hand painted sign for the Hotel Ritzy Manor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music on a rainy afternoon

Friday, July 19th, 2013

 

Here’s another image from a recent Conde Nast Traveller story in Sao Tome and Principe. It shows singer Guilherme de Caravlho playing at home in Sao Tome. Outside the heavens had just opened and a rain storm was passing overhead. Behind the curtain his daughter danced to the music.

I’ve written before about music from former Portuguese colonies: the melancholy, the saudade. Here was a perfect moment to illustrate it. I hope that I did his song justice…

 

 

Sao Tome and Principe - Sao Tome - Singer Guilherme de Caravalho plays guitar at home

Sao Tome and Principe – Sao Tome – Singer Guilherme de Caravalho plays guitar at home

All a bit of a punt

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

 

An image from a recent shoot in Cambridge. I don’t work much in the UK – and sometimes I think I hardly know the country – something I’m trying to change…

UK - Cambridge - Punts and passengers glide past The Clare College (founded 1326) on the River Cam past the Garret Hostel bridge, Cambridge, UK

UK – Cambridge – Punts and passengers glide past Clare College (founded 1326) on the River Cam by the Garret Hostel bridge, Cambridge, UK

You dancin’?

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

 

Here’s the first in an occasional series of unpublished images from a recent Conde Nast Traveller piece on Sao Tome and Principe.

I’d just finished a portrait down the road when I heard some music and drifted into a bar (as you do). I found a sound system and a few people swaying to the music between the tables. This elegant woman was dancing the afternoon away.

A thousand stories.

 

 

Sao Tome and Principe - Airport - Paula, a local woman dances at the White House bar near the airport, Sao Tome and Principe

Sao Tome and Principe – Airport – Paula, a local woman dances at the White House bar

A website update

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

 

Happy to say that I’ve updated the website to include a couple of recent assignments from Conde Nast Traveller and Monocle Magazine(s).

You can see the work here (you may need to refresh your browser)

I might post a few more images here soon of shots that didn’t make the edit…

The website also includes a refreshed Contacts section of agencies that I am currently working with.

 

 

São Tomé and Príncipe - Santo António - Children jump into the sea from the pier of the harbour

São Tomé and Príncipe – Santo António – Children jump into the sea from the pier of the harbour