Before I head to Africa to photograph big mammals I think it’s only fitting I pay tribute to all the little creatures of Britain from the owls to the harvest mice, the foxes to the squirrels. I’ve been lucky to have had the opportunity to photograph a number of these sweet, sometimes funny and very British animals over the past year and here are my favourite shots (in no particular order).
This beautiful fox staring intently at a piece of flying sausage lives in Leeds. She comes round to this house every breakfast and dinner. Her family have been visiting for generations and she has about five or six brothers and sisters. Sometimes she comes alone, sometimes with others. Whenever the Human family who look after the foxes go out for dinner, they will often ask for a ‘fox bag’ instead of a ‘doggy bag’ to take home to their orange friends. When the foxes first started visiting they were given dog food but didn’t like it, so now it’s a steady diet of[…]
We did it! Last weekend, the Dons of Oxford – a team of five cyclists (Christoph, Anika, Mark, Melissa and Estella) and a support crew (myself, my cousin Liz and her son Emeran in one van and Toby and his two dogs in the other) – travelled from Oxford to Wales to raise money for the UK Sepsis Trust. The cyclists rode more than 165 miles through driving rain, wind and sunshine, up and down hill, over dale, from town to town until they reached Cardiff on Sunday lunchtime. The highlight of the ride was when they crossed the Severn[…]
So here’s a beautiful and moving story I want to share …. It’s not a travel story as such but it’s certainly a story that’s travelled a long way and over a very long time …. Several days ago a lady from Kiel Germany contacted me via Facebook to ask if I was the granddaughter of Wing Commander Edward Gordon Gedge and his wife Eileen – which I am. Her name was Dagmar and she said she was the daughter of my mum’s nanny from more than sixty years ago and had been searching for us. Her mum Cristel cared[…]
My black and white image of pier jumpers at the Oyster Festival in picturesque Whitstable was named as a finalist alongside eight other photographs in the Daily Telegraph’s weekly travel competition The Big Picture in August 2016. This was one of those lucky shots where everything played out perfectly. I remember seeing people jumping off the pier during the first day of the festival. It was an unusually hot Summer’s day in England and the crowds were taking full advantage of the weather drinking beer, paddling in the shallows and diving into the sea. The next day I returned with my camera gear, clambered through the[…]
I was invited to the private view of the Discovering Tutankhamun exhibition at the Ashmolean, in Oxford. My cousin is an Egyptologist and Director of the Griffith Institute and invited me. And wow, what an honour! I found myself bumping shoulders with the great and good of the academia world including esteemed egyptologists from around the world, museum and gallery directors, CEOs, archeologists, professors, writers, actors and even a Lord. Discovering Tutankhamun, which is at the Ashmolean in Oxford until November 2, takes you on a breath-taking journey of the treasure-filled boy king’s tomb found by Howard Carter and Lord[…]