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Just a little Taste.

It must be the time of year. Summer months always mean festivals, and these events tend to go hand in hand with food and drink.

So for the second time in two weeks, the kit-bag got packed for a foodie festival, this time capturing images for Chang Beer at Taste of London in Regent's Park.

The brief was thankfully simple - on stand shots of people enjoying the great taste of Chang (apols Duffman), lots of shots around the park of festival goers getting a little tipsy but also making sure I captured some of the meat-tastic bbq action at the aptly named 'Fire Pit' where much beef was burnt (Top tip - never season a steak with pepper before cooking - only use salt otherwise you burn it!)

Apart from the awful light on the day - our English summer sun had yet to materialise - it was great fun and I came away with a keg-sized amount of shots for Chang and a stomach full of world-class food to my name. I also smelt like a barbeque.

Anyway, here's my selection of the shots from the day. Hats off to Daisy, Malvina and Serena at The Smalls and thanks to Kenny at Chang.

Tech Corner:

All the usuals - Zeiss Batis 25mm for a couple of wide shots, a few bits of Zeiss 35mm and then that Batis 85mm for the rest.

18 or Over.

Ok, I know. It’s half way through January. But i’ve been busy. Busy picking photos.

But dammit, it’s not easy to choose your best shots of the last year. I don’t mean that to sound conceited, but it’s just I took a shedload of photos last year and it takes a lot of legwork to prune them down. Oh boo hoo.

Anyway, last time around, I just went for 17 shots which I loved from the previous year, but frankly that was tortuous, so this year I’ve plumped for a collection of shots that I really like (note: subjective) wrapped up in the 3 different categories where my photography seems to inhabit: Street, Corporate & Events and Travel.

Enough yadda, hope you enjoy. Here’s the 2018 chart rundown…

Street life.

2018 was a busy street year. Whenever I got the chance, I’d get up into London - hopefully with decent light - and see what I could get. Prime spots were Soho and surrounding areas, the Tate Modern and perhaps slightly oddly, the new area around Kings Cross.



Corporate shindigs & happening Events.

From brand launches for pharma companies, to 1940’s Days to Will Young, 2018 was the year of the event. Had loads of fun out there - for clients new and old - capturing chefs cooking, beers being drunk and rugs being cut.


Big days out - travels with the family.

Got around last year. Maybe not as far or wide as the year before (actually, I went to Australia so I couldn’t have gone any further really…), but from Devon to The Isle of Wight with Brighton, France and Belgium in-between it was a year of fun for travel snaps with and without the rest of the brood.

Don't panic Mr Mainwaring!

This is not 'stop press' news: I'm no fan of the over romanticising of the past. And this is especially true when it comes to the period covering the World War Two period.

Harking back to a hypothetical bygone era when people were dying by the thousand and acting like it's some sort of jolly theme park is not something that sits too well with me.

Keep calm and don't carry on.

However, putting slightly curmudgeonly moral issues aside and sticking them in a Jerry can inside an Anderson shelter, I shuffled off with the family to Hughenden Manor in Wycombe to take in their 'living history weekend'.

Now, thankfully Hughenden has plenty of actually non- rose tinted WW2 history being the centre of a secret mapmaking operation during the war.

But also - rather thankfully - my concerns about it being a bit of a theme parky sort of the day really didn't come to fruition as it was actually pretty tastefully done. From beautiful vintage cars to painstakingly put together military re-enactments to a thunderous Spitfire flypast, even this old cynic got vaguely in the mood.

Quite aside from all the 1940's stuff, Hughenden Manor is really worth a visit to find out more about it's most famous occupant Benjamin Disraeli - and this part of its history is - in usual National Trust style - fantastically told throughout the building.

The family (including visiting Grandpa who really can just about remember the war) seemed to have a jolly time, especially when the dressing up box was found, and if nothing else i had plenty of opportunity for an interesting shot or two (hundred) as it felt not unlike being on a movie set for the day.

So there you go. Cynicism put aside, it was a really well put together day with minimal romanticism and plenty of heart, although one wonders what decade the NT could do next - surely a 90's weekend with dodgy Vauxhall Corsa's on show, a re-enactment of the Poll Tax riots and a set from Toploader?

Ugh. Maybe not...


Tech corner:
Usually people capturing stuff so the Zeiss 85mm was out to play along with the old dependable Sony 35mm f1.4 for indoor shots.