Over the last week, I’ve been working with the Dolphin Art Gallery in Wantage to showcase a small selection of my limited edition photographs. Having spent a lovely sunny bank holiday Monday down in Sandbanks with a couple of good friends, Claire and I decided to take a walk before sunset to make the most of the extra day off. I couldn’t help but steer our route by way of the Market Place in Wantage, to go past the gallery.
It was great to see some of my photographs taking centre stage in the window – they look fantastic with their double thickness mounts and I’m now excitedly awaiting feedback as customers start to make comment on my work. I decided to show a selection of images from both the local area and abroad. There is also a new photograph which hasn’t before been displayed anywhere – Red Arrows over Uffington – which I am sure will bring back a lot of great memories of last years Uffington Country Fair to many people, as well as anyone who has seen the Red Arrows in action.
All of the photographs are heavyweight fibre based giclée prints, signed, numbered and provided in a double thickness mount with the Certificate of Authenticity on the reverse. If you’d like to know more details please either contact me or pop into the gallery, where we would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
I’ve just completed the editing and processing of a set of photographs I took for Sorrel Porteous of Pentire Sports Horses and it’s been a really fun assignment. It was a great opportunity and a pleasure to work with Sorrel, Sam and George as well as the horses and the security team (two enormous but thankfully very friendly dogs). Having spent some time this year working on my ‘Farrier’ project, I’ve become used to being around competition horses, but Hamish, Brooke and Billy are all truly stunning and clearly a great tribute to the work Sorrel and her team do.
As a keen cyclist and Landscape photographer I get to explore the beautiful countryside I’m so lucky to live in. But the location Sorrel suggested for the shoot was perfect and unknown to me, with the downs dropping away to the endless view across the Thames Valley towards Wittenham Clumps and Didcot Power Station acting as a surprisingly effective punctum in the middle distance. Although, that definition may need to be stretched a little as even from a distance, it’s still a fair size! It got me thinking about it’s imminent but undramatic destruction (it’s not being blown up) and whether there really was, after all, a place for it in the landscape – but then I concluded, the landscape will look just great without it.
The final thing I discovered today, which I’m sure many won’t agree with me on, is that The Fall’s album, Your Future, Our Clutter is utterly brilliant!
Fresh from yesterday’s highly successful Wallingford Car Rally, I’ve been spending some of today editing the images I took for the event. All being well, there may be one or two of these in the Oxford Mail tomorrow so do look out for them if you can.
It turned out to be a really fun day and packed with many ‘firsts’ for me. The day started with me climbing aboard the back of an open German Fire Truck from the 1990’s. Whilst it was part of the parade it was fully equipped to handle fires but proved a remarkably comfortable perch and great vantage point from which to take photos of the rally as it paraded through Wallingford town centre. Thank you to Simon for being kind and not setting the siren off! The second of the firsts came soon after when I was asked to don a bright yellow helmet and goggles before being allowed right in on the action whilst the Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue service demonstrated how they would rescue someone in the event of a serious traffic accident. That ‘someone’ was Mike Brewer, the presenter of Wheeler Dealers. My third and final ‘first’ was a trip out in a beautiful 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 – I had the choice of a few supercars to go for a spin in, but the vintage Ferrari won hands down. Wonderful!
I will be continuing to edit the pictures, and rather than adding the photographs from the day on this site, I am uploading them all to my Flickr page so please take a few minutes to have a look. If you would like to purchase any, please contact me direct. 7″ x 5″ prints cost just £10 each 10″ x 7.5″ are priced at £15.
The annual Wallingford Car Rally takes place this weekend in aid of a number of well deserving charities, including See Saw, who provide bereavement support for children. The event takes place on Sunday 12th May in the town of Wallingford, Oxfordshire and promises to be a great day with 250 vintage, rare and exotic vehicles parading the town at 11am. This will be followed by the opportunity to get up close with the cars and talk to the owners. There will also be the ‘not to be missed’ opportunity to have a ride in a classic supercar. I’m eyeing up a spin in the E-Type Jag – excellent!
Whilst I’m sure this will be a great day for all, I have the privilege of taking the photos of the events on the day, including what promises to be a cracking display of skill and courage from the crew of the Wallingford Fire and Rescue Brigade. I am a bit apprehensive about this – apparently the opportunity has been offered to photographers in the past, but they’ve always decided to stay a safe distance behind the barriers… hmmm… what have I let myself in for?
If you’d like to know more, do have a look at their website and come along if you can. It promises to be a great day out and it would be fantastic to see you there.